And to my children: I love you so much. Please give each other 5 kisses and hugs from Daddy and I. By the time we got to our apartment about 5 p.m. here, you guys were just due to be getting out of the house for school. We are nine hours ahead of you which is pretty mind-boggling. That can be one of your math projects for the time we are gone--trying to figure out what time it is here. (Just like I have to keep figuring what time it is there.) You guys will be sound asleep when we have our appointment tomorrow at 11 AM. That is when we hope to get our official referral and find out when we can actually meet Stephen or Caleb or . . . we still haven't settled on a name. And thanks to all who are helping and hugging our kids.
Our apartment looks just like the pictures we'd seen and is right across the street from a big market. We have an enclosed balcony, fridge, a cute clothes washer, TV, phone, computer and several extras like plates, cups, pots, ironing board, hair dryer. Since we came in January we were offered a great deal on this place. It is only 6:56 p.m. but I am SOOO tired.
Before I close here are some things I've learned so far: put a small travel sized toothpaste in purse or travel bag. (I only brought a big tube and it had to go in the checked luggage so I got to brush my teeth with Kevin's Scope in the airports) It drove me crazy on the journey between Chicago and Frankfurt not to know what time it was or where we were. (I usually use my cell phone for time but it had to be turned off until we landed and I've decided that all countries should be required to spell out their name across their land in huge lights so travelers flying overhead can read them :) And yes, do bring snacks so you can eat them if you're too tired to go shopping or to a restaurant when you get here. Kevin bought about 4 boxes of granola bars and left them home because he thought I wanted them for the kids!
To all my RR friends who've been wanting me to post more often, you are probably going to be sick of all my posting by the time we leave here.
THANKS to all for your prayers and encouragement.