Friday, May 26, 2006

What A Day We Had

We started off our day with our morning trip to the orphanage. Nathanial Francis Efland was in no mood. He was tearful and irritable. There is a virus going around in the orphanage and all of the kids have the lovely green snotty noses. Alayna Grace Efland was in music class and saw us. She looked like she had ants in her pants as she wanted to see us so bad. There isn't much to do there so we walked around outside for an hour and then spent the rest of the time in a quiet room with them reading and matching cards. We went back in the afternoon and Nate was doing better and Alayna, well, she is always ready to go. We worked with her a little on her ABC's and she can now do the letter A, B, and C. Nate was having his nutritious snack of an apple, cookie, and milk(which is so hot when he gets it). He will definately eat us out of house and home as he grows. We had to leave them early to go to the mall which was similar to an American mall but much smaller. There is a grocery store on the bottom level. We got a few things to keep on hand in our room including juice, bread, and Nutella. Oh and how can I forget Nate's size 4+ diapers. No more peeing on dora explorer panties and his mom. We then went to a kids toy store. We found a magnetic ABC board for Alayna in english and a plastic box type thing to put shapes in to for Nate. She has been very shy and not repeating anything yet except for the other day. Lena and Tamara say that when we get her home all she will hear is english and she will speak it then. We really just want to take them from that place today and bring them home, but these laws are nuts. Lena said that Tamara has our court date for us. Hooray! But we still have to wait the 15 day period so we would not be able to leave until after July 7th with the kids if we stayed. This is all so frustrating. As the days go by it is just another day closer to being home!! Many thanks for all the great posts and prayers. We couldn't do this without all of you and God by our side. We look forward to hearing from everyone every morning.


At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, hello. Before you know it, you will be home with the kids for good. I am sure it is frustrating but you guys have come such a long way. I remember when you first were filling out paperwork. It seems like yesterday you were meeting with different organizations. We miss you and love you all. Keep your head up and I will be sure to throw all the ramon noodles away before you get home:) Flash backs of nursing school!! love ya Kate and Eddie

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Aunt Kathy said...

What an experience for all of you!Every tricky moment is going to make your homecoming with the children all the sweeter. I'm really enjoying your writing and beautiful photos. Love and kisses, Aunt Kathy

At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are wright, it will be easier for them to speak english if it's the only thing they ear, they might confuse and quit a little at the begining but it will change, good luck the lord will clear the path for you


At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for allowing me to share this journey thru your posts! I can't wait to see them each day. I am so happy for you!
Linda C.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess we all know now that you have chosen Alayna Grace and Nathaniel Francis. Beautiful names for beautiful children. Finally hearing your voice on the phone today was wonderful. Your Dad and I can't wait to spoil them.
Love, Mom

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just informed of your blog yesterday by Ashley and enjoyed very much reading about your adventure. I just can't help but think how special the four of you are. The two little people are very lucky indeed and I know the world is a better place because of your actions. Take care, and God Bless you all.

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful children. I get up every morning hoping to get a look at them and the previous days activities. Sounds like you guys are doing a great job with them and they are very lucky children to have you for their parents. Alyson, I miss you terribly, but I know that you will be a great mom. Enjoy every minute of your time together. Love to all, Susan

At 1:26 PM, Blogger The 3 McCaffery's said...

hi from delaware-
i'm so glad you were able to bring two children into your lives, especially being a bit older. our sam is adapting well, he just got his first haircut and went swimming. it's a bit surreal to think he and i were just there on wednesday. but after 54 days in kaz, I was SO ready to go home..

take care

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys, sorry I have not written before now, your children are beautiful. Alyson, I cant believe you are a mom now, wow. You both are blessed and those children are blessed with a wonderful new family. Take care and you are in my thoughts and prayers.


At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have shown all your childrens pictures to Hannah and have tried to explain how and why you went there to get them. She told me that that is special for those children to get a mommy and daddy,she all also offered to clean out her and Jacob's clothes and give them to you guy's if you will except them and. They are about the same size that my children or growing out of. hoping to see your family when you get back and settled down and them maybe we can introduce them together and maybe you can become the escape to chuck e cheese parents. just keep in touch, all our love and hopes are with you in this good you are doing.
Renee' Kern


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