Today, I got up right when my alarm went off and was out the door in a good time and I got on bus 17, another name for it could be "the sweat locker". Ok, it is smaller than a mini bus and shorter as well. I could not stand up in it. I originally had a seat next to the window I opened, but ladies and children kept coming on so I always give up my seat for them like I was taught! With little room for me, I had to head to the back of the bus. Boy, if you get anxious from being in small places then I suggest never get on these smaller busses. With the bus jam packed they closed the only window! AHHHHHHHHH! As the temperature started rising rapidly and no one blinking an eye, I used all my hands and English to say "open that window!" Oh my goodness, I could not believe how these people love the stagnant heat air! Then I realized I was too tall to see out the bus windows to tell where I was going (because I had never taken this bus before). Then with my hands and best Russian I could (while squatting to see out the windows) I was trying to ask 3 different nice ladies if this bus would take me to the orphanage. After my game of charades, they figured out what I was talking about! YEAH! (for future parents our orphanage name phonetically is: your lah chka) I have been saying Ulatchka and people look at me with the deer in the headlights stare! Once I got my destination down, a lady told me she would show me. Very nice. Then after I got a seat when the bus cleared out, I got to see the rest of Simferopol on this bus! Oh man, I was on that bus for close to an hour! There goes my good job getting up and going, just flush that down the toilet! Earlier in the morning I was able to load the Newsboys "Take me to your Leader" album on my phone. So on my 1/2 mile walk that song started to play and it just made me start to smile. Because the chorus goes " they don't know why we care, they don't what's out there, they don't how it's done, let's take them to our Leader son..." I thought how appropriate as I am walking towards this place that those words would come up. That's exactly their attitude, and that is exactly God's call on my life walking into that place. Isn't Jesus Christ, our God awesome?
I may be biased but isn't this guy just really cute?
Whoa, I just looked around here at this place I am writing this blog and I swear Mr. Brady from the Brady Bunch is sitting a couple tables over from me!
We had a great visit this morning, and this afternoon's visit was good too. Unfortunately, I walked into the orphanage and he was crying his eyes out, I asked "Why cry" (because they understand that) and (close your eyes Zhenya's parents), but she showed me that Zhenya was hitting him! I am sure it was not intential, so no worries! What was cool is I got to walk into the scene and save the day for him! That was special. We went outside and I had him going down the slide today. He likes that, once the sweat from his rear gives him lube to actually slide!
Today I went with Dave and Davey to their summer "camp" grounds for the camp they put on for the deaf and hearing. Looks like a nice place. It was so nice to just be with brothers and the fact they speak English is really great too!
Well it is about 8:20 pm here and I am going to go.
I hope you guys saw my wife's post on here (Just scroll down). It is called "from the Other Side" I think. I know one lady saw it.
Please, Please leave comments! I truly look forward to them, and I know Suzanne would like it too!
Ok answer time to all your comments: Thank you very much for doing so!
Hellooooo my wonderful Bickmore family! I am so glad Amy passed it along, I hope Mr. B and you will read all the posts together and then comment. I know it may be a bit of reading, but he did always encourage me to write a book! :0)
See what our God can do, Mrs. B? Just tell that mountain move and it will be gone! Those seeds you guys planted are hopefully making you guys proud!
Gaining Grace: See my last comment above.
Julie: Unfortunately I have not seen her, I am very sorry!
Julia: I will be in Kiev on the 14th and quite possibly the 15 or 16th. I would be glad to meet up with you guys!
Have a great day everyone!