I'm just going to cut & paste the answers to our recent update to the host agency below. It is a weekly requirement, and I'm so glad it is. It gives me the chance to reflect on what we're all learning on this adventure. Here are the questions and my answers, followed by the answers to a few questions that readers posted recently.
Please describe how your host child reacted to you upon arrival.
Ashley asked 'Is the doctor's appointment part of the hosting experience? (ie: are the kiddos here partially for medical care?)And on the fun side of things...Tell us more about the D/Nastia connection!
Yes, we are required to partner with a local dentist and eyecare specialist to secure appointments for our host children. These may be the only dentist and eye care appts they have ever had. Our dentist is AMAZING and was DELIGHTED to see D at no cost. And our local Lenscrafters is doing the same thing.
The children are also covered by medical insurance while they are with us, through the hosting organization. As for Nastia and D, they have a mutual adoration for one another that just delights me. It's been difficult for Nastia to adjust to the demands of a young child, but she is doing really well, and really hopes D will be her 'real sister' some day.
Annie asked 'Our parish sponsored four little boys. One is a little guy that I fell in love with. His name is Davids; he is from Latvia. Is there any way could communicate with the family who is hosting him? Do you have an e-mail list or anything? Do you speak Russian? It sounds like you do - how did you learn it? It was my original major in college (that and Theatre - we have that in common - in fact I acted Shakespeare professionally for a number of years).
I love hearing of families and churches that sponsor some of these kids -- there is such a huge need! I'll try to locate the family who is hosting him. At the very least I can try to get an update on how he is doing! And yes, I speak Russian. not fluently, but good enough for D to understand me, and I her. I learned some before I adopted Nastia so I could communicate with her, but most of it was learned from 6 trips to Russia, and being forced to learn it or suffer not knowing what my girls were saying to one another! Next to immersion, I think Rosetta Stone is the best program for language learning. I use Rosetta, too, to get more fluent. I'm so happy to know a fellow Shakespeare lover! Where did you perform? Who did you play? so exciting!