We had two good visits with "Katoosha" today. Katoosha is a "tender diminuative" of her Ukrainian name and its what her caregivers call her most of the time. It took us forever to figure out what they were saying and why. We finally came back one day and googled the word on google translate for about a half hour before we figured it out.
K ate an entire bag of cherry preserve filled rolls yesterday. She ate over half in the morning and the rest of them in the afternoon. I think she liked them alot so we took chocolate filled rolls today and they're gone too! She wasn't crazy about the chicken broth I made her one day. She said "Ni soup" and gave it back...
They have chocolate eggs wrapped in foil with little toys inside of them here. They are called KinderSurprise Eggs and she loves them. One of her eggs had a pink dog with a cup of coffee and a cell phone. The other had a turtle. Evidentially there are series of toy collections that you can collect from these eggs. We are planning on bringing about 15 home with us for Wes, Wy, and "K."
She likes to look at pictures of Wes and Wy on Phillip's blackberry and we even have a few short videos of them doing stuff at home. She really likes to watch those too. We've been telling her that Wesley and Wyatt are her brothers. One of her caregivers went through the photo albums we brought, with K, and told her about each picture and that Wesley and Wyatt are her brothers and that we are her Mama and Papa and she is going home with us. We weren't sure she "got it" even though she repeated everything.
Today when she saw Wesley and Wyatt's picture on Phillip's blackberry she said "Mvi Brat!" (My brothers!) It was a really sweet moment.
She also love love loves to listen to "musica" on the blackberry. Its kind of ironic to hear Carrie Underwood singing, "Don't listen to them when they say you're just a fool to believe you can change the world" when you're in an orphanage in Ukraine looking at a 4 year old who's world is about to change. Hearing Casting Crowns singing "Oh that I would have the kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat and then, into the crashing waves." really takes on a new meaning when you feel like you are IN the crashing waves!
But I've found that if you don't step out of that boat, you won't ever know what its like to walk on water.
So here are 2 pictures of "K" and her daddy or "Papa" as she calls him.