|Kisses from Anya...in gratitude for your cards and letters|
So, her spirits seem up, but she does remind me often how lonely she is. I tell her we will visit as soon as I get back on my feet financially. She knows I'm trying my best. She is such a sweetheart; every conversation we have she manages to turn the tables and ask me all the questions. How am I? Am I sure I'm okay? How is my health? Am I eating right and taking my vitamins? She's my own little baboushka:)
Please let me know if you have sent, or will be sending a card to Anya. It is helpful for her to know. Although Ira lives in an apartment, it is still in the same neighborhood and it is very crime-prone. If they know a letter or card is on its way, they will watch the mail more carefully. Packages are safe, because they are not delivered to homes, but to the local post office.
The orphanage is another story altogether. Their internet service has never been fixed, so I cannot email them. I've called and not had good service for weeks...no connection. It seems to happen every winter. Perhaps the weather is a factor? None of the older kids have been on Russian facebook since December, so I can't get any news about anything. I DO know that photos were taken on January 7th of the Feast...I just don't know when we'll get to see them.
I do have some photos of the older orphanage kids that Vanya sent me in late December/early January. Just forgot to post them! Some are a year old, some are from this past summer. I'll write a description under each. Enjoy:)
|Natasha, Vika, Nastia, Alina and Marina on their graduation day last May. |
They are 16 years old. Some have already left the orphanage for good.
Natasha and Marina remain for now, as they have no place else to go.
|Sidozha, Andrei and Marina outside their school on graduation day.|
|A photo of last year's Thanksgiving dinner in the boys group. |
That is Stas in the no-sleeve shirt. You can just make out D
at the table behind him, standing and leaning over the table.