We had our 2 visits with Gracie on Thursday... we have brought her a banana when we have visited and she has enjoyed them . She still likes to play a bit with the toys but mostly with the paper or trash she finds in the yard. We had eaten at a restaurant that served tiny umbrellas and metal twirly sticks in the ice cream we had ordered.. we thought they would be perfect for her and they were. Today I brought some tape... after we watched her take all the labels off the water bottles we had and playing with the sticky part of them. She loved the duck tape pieces I brought :) We also today brought Paul's computer to share all the pics and videos of Dancho and her... she laid in our laps for over 45 min. looking at them.. she loved them . We even heard her say,"Dancho". I also played a game with her where I pick her up and move her diff. ways all singing 1,2 buckle my shoe... and it ends with me ticking her... she asked me to play it over and over... also she let me transfer her to daddy for him to do it. When it was time to say goodbye she even gave Paul a kiss and me a hug... it was sad leaving her as well. We prayed with her in our arms and she just snuggled into us as we did... how sweet and what a gift we got today. Then she walked us out to our van with her director. She was pulling me to get there ( she thought she was going ) she hopped right in and was ready to go... it was precious and again another gift to us... the director here has been very sweet with Gracie.. she took her out of the van and held her as we said,"chow". Very difficult but we pray the next part goes quickly .
We were treated to a wonderful trip home thru the mountains... we went halfway the way we had come and then Toni asked if we would mind a detour... thru the mtns. and to the house her family is building. Of course we agreed.. and it was so beautiful... the country of Bulgaria is very pretty and reminds of so much of home... then we were almost to Sofia and went to see their home... they have been working on it since 2007 and it is going to be a very nice home... As you may have guessed Toni is in a wheelchair and it is difficult to get around... they are not handicapped accesible here like in the US. She relies on her dear family to help her... and they are such a close family... we were truly blessed to be included . They loved on us and shared so much joy and happiness with us.... We met their neighbors to and she shared some cukes with us and plums... I have loved the people of Bulgaria... they have welcomed us and been very warm and friendly. Thank you Lord for this journey of adoption into Bulgaria.
Here are a few pics of our last days here... we fly out Sat. afternoon and will be home Sat. nite... more later.. I lots of pics of food that we have eaten and some other thoughts.
Thank you to our wonderful ABF class at church who have provided meals and love to our kids at home and thank you for all of your prayers... we have felt them in such amazing ways...