Sunday, July 19, 2009

We are in Sofia

I thought I would update... so far we have been so blessed by our whole trip. We flew out from Wash. DC yesterday evening. That flight was a very quick and uneventful flight. We flew into Munich, Germany a bit early. We were off the plane and at the correct check in for our connecting flight in record time. We had asked the kids to pray for our seat assignments and we were able to get the emergency exit seats which are a bit more leg room.. that flight was great and we landed in Sofia. We have traveled lots for our adoptions but so far this Bulgarian adoption is proving to be our favorite so far. We unboarded the plane and went thru customs and got ALL of our luggage in a record 15 minutes. We walked out to meet our smiling facilitator, Toni and her brother.. We shared a hug and got a warm welcome to Sofia. Our drive to the hotel was short and we are extremely pleased with our room... Paul set up the computer and we got right on and were able to skype our kids at home (for free)... with free wireless internet that works well and fast! It was so good to see those smiling faces and tell them we had made it safely.

After a 2 hr nap we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant.... oh my what delicious food and very warm and gracious waiters. We ordered the shopska salad, bread ( that was homemade and hot ) with oil to dip it in, and cheese tortellini. I had heard the food was delicious and it sure was... While we were sitting in the restaurant eating 2 ladies began to play a baby grand piano and cello... their songs were a mix of some traditional pieces and mostly dinner music from the USA.. the theme from Ghost actually made me cry it was so beautiful... needless to say we have had a wonderful trip so far...

Tomorrow we head out to visit Dancho for 5 days in Yambol, back here for a day and a half and then to Vidin to visit Diana. We can't wait to meet these precious ones.

The people have been very friendly and helpful. We are surprised at how much english we see and have heard...

more later and hopefully some pics... keep praying for us please. We can tell there are prayers going up for us. You can see the mountains from window of the hotel... the city looks like Ukraine
with old , tall high rise buildings but the inside of ours is very modern. We checked out the pool and it is very large and clean... their is a spa and health center too.... does it even sound like we are here for an adoption ?

I leave you today with this prayer from my devotions today and a grateful heart from Paul and I.. Lord, Grace me with reminders of your presence.

We have felt the Lord's presence and it is always peace giving to know that He is around us... again thank you for your prayers.

8 comments:

Shelley said...

Glad to hear that everything is going well so far! From your description, it sounds like you're on a nice vacation...not an adoption trip!
I hope the rest of your time in Bulgaria goes just as well. Enjoy your time with your little ones!

LIN said...

What a nice suprise to see you are on your first visit already. Can't wait to hear about your new children.

smctiver said...

Glad that you made it safely. Enjoy meeting your newest youngsters and hope you have a great trip.

Mike and Christie said...

Horray! I can't wait for pictures. :)

Mike and Gail said...

Yipee. Can't wait to see the pictures. My mouth is watering just thinking of the food. YUM!!

Christine said...

Wow--- sounds wonderful! Roma said it was like a resort.

relying on God said...

That's wonderful news. Enjoy each other and your newest little ones!

Hevel Cohen said...

Well, you might go to Bulgaria for an adoption, but living in Hungary for a good ten years Bulgaria was the place for seaside vacations for us.

Plus, unlike the Ukraine and Russia, Bulgaria is part of the EU. I expect there will be many changes coming for Bulgarian orphans for the better.