Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

After being treated to an unexpected and very loud fireworks display out our window last evening I had hoped that everyone would sleep a bit later today. No luck. The boys were up by five. They showered and then went back to sleep for a bit. The girls managed to entertain themselves in bed for a while and then cat nap until breakfast. The morning was spent playing games and washing hair in preparation for our clinic visit. We frequented our favorite hang out at the food court for lunch and then Svetlana picked us up and took us to the SOS clinic. I am sure the poor ladies at the food court can’t wait for us to leave! Between the group of deaf young men they have been serving and us they are earning their salary this week. Last night I was approached by a young man and asked in English if I was American. He then wanted to know if I was adopting the children. When I answered affirmatively he shared his story of being adopted from here when he was 16 and moving to Ohio. He is now 20 and he and his parents are here for some short-term project. He was moved to see other teenagers finding families. Plus he ordered dinner for us. The deaf men were not so lucky. They had to make do with writing notes on napkins when sign language was getting them nowhere. Svetlana declared that I needed no help at the clinic and dropped us off and away she went promising to return in one and a half hours. Everyone got a relatively clean bill of health. Much to the kid’s dismay, they had to get immunizations before being allowed in the US. Rinat and Zarina only had to get one each with my promise to get their titers checked upon arrival. Sholpan needed two shots and a promise to take her to a cardiologist. Svetlana did return for us and then we zoomed to the embassy to drop off the medical reports before 4pm. Everyone came home exhausted from the excitement and the extreme heat. Another hike to the mall for dinner and we are now ready to settle in for a movie and bedtime.


  1. I just showed Casey-Kazbek all the recent photos, and now he says he wants a camel too. But he'll settle for an ice cream. He is a shrewd negotiator, and my guess is that Zarina, Rinat, and Sholpan will be too. For sure, he is smarter than Warren Buffett (and as the humorist Dave Barry would say, I'm not making this up) -- who just left most of his billions of dollars to that pauper Bill Gates. Stay in Kazakhstan -- it's crazy back here! -- but only for one more day!!

  2. Looking forward to seeing a photo of all eleven together. I've mentioned you to Jack's mother, who also had eleven children, and I'd love to show it her if you post one.
    My father was one of seventeen (no twins) so my side of the family wins that one, I think!

  3. This made me think of you!

    ABC is looking for families who have adopted multiple children...


    Dear Moms,

    My name is Heather Teta and I'm working with ABC Television in New York City. We're looking to feature a "Super Mom" on one of our ABC shows and would love to hear from you! We want to capture a Mom who is true pro in all things involving family and children! I'd love to hear from you fabulous moms and dads who have adopted multiple children and love every minute of it. How do you balance your household, jobs, schedules, and essentially, your life and lives of your family? What does your family mean to you? Could you teach another family a thing or two about being a Super Mom (and Dad)? Please tell me your story!

    If you or anyone you know would be interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact me directly! Each participating family will be given financial honorarium (compensation) for being a part of this project. I look forward to speaking to you soon!


    Heather Teta