Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Jon and I wanted to wish you all a merry and blessed Christmas! Caleb and Abigail are both sick with a cough but starting to feel better. I plan on posting some photos from today soon, need to get them off the camera.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Four Months Old!

It is so hard to believe,Abigail is 4 months old today! She brings
so much joy to our family. Caleb loves to play with her and wants her
to get bigger so she can run around with him. He was trying to get her
to walk today.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sweetie Pies and Document Adventures

Well, we did all of our medical tests Tuesday and Wednesday. Things
went smoothly and we go to get our last test results on Friday
morning. Caleb did have to get the chest X-ray for the TB test as well
as the skin test. He was scared of the X -ray machine and the noise.

Our friend ,Garry drove us and our friend, Wanda around so we could
do all the tests. Caleb and Abigail did so well traveling all day.

Our first stop on Tuesday was to the Official Perm AIDS center do a
test for Wanda and to change the spelling on Abigail's certificate.
All of our documents have to have our names spelled the same way in
Russian or they will not accept our papers to apply for temporary
For example, Abigail's name on her Russian birth certificate is
spelled Абигаил but the Russian Embassy in Latvia spelled her name
Абигел on her Russian visa. So now we have to change the spelling on
all her documents to Aбигел. Both spellings are ok, it is like Carrie
and Kerri but you have to pick one way of spelling the name.

So after that , we made our way to the Drug Center to get a document
saying we are not drug users. The line was not too long so we made it
out in around 30 minutes.

On to the STD and Skin Diseases Center to prove we were healthy.
Thankfully, the nurse just took Jon's and my blood for the tests.
Caleb ran around the room while they took our blood.

Then came the TB children clinic. Since Abigail was born here,she was
given the TB vaccine when she was several days old. Since TB is so
high in Russia ,all newborns are given the TB vaccine which protects
the major organs in case of TB. Caleb has not had it. The nurse gave
Caleb the TB skin test to which he said, " Ow,ow,ow." Then he and Jon
went downstairs to the X-ray room. Poor Caleb had to be strapped to
the bed and have his arms still to do the chest X-ray. He told Jon he
was scared of the machine noise. He was such a brave little boy.

It was time for lunch so we grabbed a quick bite at the Southern Fried
Chicken, the fast food chain of Perm. Caleb enjoyed his fries and
being out of the car.

We had 2 more stops so we headed to another part of the city to the
Adult TB clinic where Jon and Wanda had their chest X-rays. It took 10
minutes and we were back on the road again. Then we were off to yet
another TB clinic that did a special cough TB test for those who could
not get X-rayed. The nurses had told us that since I nursed, I could
not do the chest X-ray. That place only did the tests in the morning
so we would have to wait till Wednesday morning and come back.

Finally it was time to go home, rest and continue the next morning. We
were all grateful to be able to get so much accomplished in one day
and that the nurses and document people, for lack of a better word,
were pleasant,helpful and went out of their way to accommodate us.
Praise the Lord!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

We are home!

Thank you for your prayers. We arrived back in Perm on Wednesday night,the 5th. It is so nice to be home.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be getting a lot of medical tests done that are necessary for temporary residency which we will be applying for in January. Thankfully, Caleb and Abigail only have to get TB skin tests instead of chest X-rays. But these 2 days will be busy with running to and fro to all the medical places that provide the many tests. Please pray for everything to go smoothly.