‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Correction: SLEEP is All You Need...lol

Forgive any inevitable typos. I'm still working off of 4 hours sleep (if that) and we just got Dasha to bed. Phew!

I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to blog every day. She is non-stop motion, and so I have no time to sit at the computer...or even use the bathroom! If I am away from her for more than 30 seconds I hear (in Russian) 'Mama! Where are you?

I will try to record today, although I really just want to climb into bed. Nastia is already there, waiting for me!

So, after her gargantuan breakfast this morning, Dasha played in the yard with us, and then we took the dogs for a long walk in the woods, up to the turtle pond. (Dasha insisted on holding both leashes.) We then stopped at the playground and played on the swings, and then headed to town, as we need to buy just a few quick things at Crosby's. 

Well, Crosby's (our local supermarket) may as well have been Disneyworld, as far as Dasha was concerned. She had her own little cart and she kissed each food item before she placing it in the cart. She confidently maneuvered down the aisles, saying 'excuse me' (in Russian) to anyone she bumped into. Nastia and I looked away for all of 10 seconds where the frozen food meets the packaged meat aisle, when we realized Dasha had placed 3 family-sized packages of sausages in her cart. When she saw we noticed, she gave us this big toothy grin and shrugged her shoulders, as if to say 'beats me how they got there!'  She then asked the deli man for a sample of ham (in Russian), and then thanked him (in English) when he complied. 

After dropping off the groceries at home, we headed over to spend a little time at our friends, the Littles. They have a pool and Dasha must have jumped in over a hundred times. Finally, after hours, she got tired and ended up like this:

Then we headed home because I had a really important reunion I needed to attend. But it was not to be. Dasha finally crashed, and so I had to stay home for our sleepy girl. She awoke about 6pm, hungry, and after eating, called her friend Vladik, who is staying with my new friends, The Kearneys, in Central CT. If I get any energy later, I will record what Dasha said to him on her 20 minute phone call. It was a riot. Finally, it was bath and bedtime, and she is now sound asleep in Nastia's bed, clutching her baby doll. So sweet.

Well, sorry I'm not more articulate tonight! Sleep deprivation has rendered me incoherent. Night all. Hope your day was even 1/10th as wonderful as mine.


  1. Mary Boucher9:10 PM

    How lovely. I don't even know you but your story is so compelling. Dasha will have a wonderful time with you and Nastia. I pray for your family that your dreams will come true. You are all so special.

  2. Thank you Mary! Such kind words. We're grateful for your prayers, and offer up ours for you, too!

  3. What an amazing-looking pool!! What a wonderful day! I am envious!


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