Finally Time to Write

September 6, 2008 at 3:28 pm 11 comments

Evening Walk

Evening Walk

It’s about 9:20 p.m. here in Kostanai and 11:20 a.m. at home. Exhaustion has been the word most on my mind today. We’ve been here for three full days and have barely stopped or slept. Honestly, there’s been little time to write! Our beginnings here have been incredibly stressful, as the typical system of adoption at the Delphin Baby House has been disrupted. It wasn’t until today that we had some quality time (an hour and a half) with the child we’ve chosen to “visit”. For those waiting to hear information on the baby (or even see pictures), you’ll have to wait until Monday when we are able to conference with the orphanage’s physician on the health of this particular child. At that time will we be given access to medical records, which will help us to make the final commitment to this adoption process.  Sorry…patience for just a little bit longer.

Water Anyone?
I’ve just finished washing some clothes out in the bathroom sink before the city’s water is turned off for two days. Kostanai’s central water system, including temperature, is controlled by a government agency. Turning off the water for a couple days may seem tragic to some but it is actually a good thing for these fine citizens (and us). These two days without this basic necessity is the signal that the hot water will be turned on, something that hasn’t been seen for the entire summer. Yes, you heard it right; the hot water is typically turned completely off for the summer months. This is followed by the upcoming two day shut down so that the city’s water pipes can be prepared to pump both cold and hot water for the fall and winter. We got here just in time to experience the change in the water season. Yippee! We’ll have hot water versus the cool water temperatures for those here visiting in the summer.

In preparation, we’ve seen many people carrying buckets for filling and jugs of store bought water. We decided to fill our bathtub and use the water from that for washing, flushing the toilet, and other basic needs. (A little boiling does a lot for sitting water.) You do not drink the water here whether you are a citizen or visitor so we’ve already a good supply of water for drinking, cleaning fruit and vegetables, and brushing our teeth.   On September 9th, life will be good in Kostanai for everyone: water will be flowing in more than one temperature. In addition, our landlord is going to fix our washing machine (no need to do it before there is running water) and we can take our first shower in days.

More to Come

Tomorrow, I hope to write a little bit about where we are and our apartment. We’re in a beautiful section of the city and are within walking distance to most amenities. This really is a great city and the weather has been perfect. I’m actually hoping for rain this evening so I can get a little sleep. We have a great courtyard surrounded by our building and three others. Unfortunately, conversations in this area echo and a group of young people were chatting and laughing until around 4 a.m. this morning. I hear them out there right now so maybe just a little rain would send them all inside. Ahh…and then I can sleep and be ready for our visit at the Delphin House tomorrow.

All is good and I look forward to writing more. We’re both thinking of our family and friends and are very grateful for all of the support and kind words coming from everyone. More to come…much more to come!


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Quick Post- We Made It! Day 4 in Kostanai

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  • 1. Susan  |  September 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    we had some partyiers last night too…until about 3 or 4 this morning. They were very loud! I felt like an old lady wanting to bang onthe wall with my broom.

    I’m glad that you got to meet your kiddo today and will get more info on Monday. I’m sure you know already that the kids really do change more and more as you get to know them.

    We only had to take one cold shower in the 5 weeks we’ve been here, so we’ve been very lucky. We are also going to fill up the tub and the sinks for flushing. I can live without the showers…baby wipes work…just weird to not wash dishes or anything.
    We had a couple days with no cold water, only hot, but only a few hours with no water at all. It’s all quite interesting!

    I hope you get some sleep tonight and as you get “wound down” and get into your routine, we can make plans to get together.

    Hugs to you…it was nice to see you today, although surprising and somewhat awkard..LOL

  • 2. Kjersten Morrison  |  September 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Good to hear that you are safe and have met a child. We hope your weekend visits go well and that you hear comforting information from the Baby House director on Monday. No matter what the individual experiences are, it seems that the first few days are certainly a whirlwind. So much to figure out in your new apartment, new town… and then getting the chance to go to the Baby House. Wow! Memories for a lifetime for sure! You are likely sleeping (hopefully) as I write. Sleep well. Enjoy your day Sunday.
    Hugs! Take care,
    KJ, Steve and Tougy

  • 3. Tricia  |  September 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    So glad to hear that you met your child. Can’t wait to hear more. Yes, you are fortunate that you will have hot water. That is one thing that I really missed when we were there. But two days without water at all, ugh. Good thought to fill up the bathtub. That hot shower will feel wonderful. I am savoring hot water now that I am home. Glad to hear that you are in a nice area. The exhaustion should pass by the end of your second week there. Jet lag sure sneaks up on you and lingers for awhile. You wind up not thinking as fast and feeling like you need to take a nap every day. Enjoy the time with your child. Tricia

  • 4. Ellen Norton  |  September 6, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    This is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear how things will go. I think of you every day I park near your King Garden. I don’t know who is in charge of it now, but it looks good from my car!
    Best to you both.

  • 5. Kerri  |  September 6, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more.



  • 6. Carol Nylen  |  September 7, 2008 at 12:32 am

    It sounds like things are progressing well. Really interesting about the water–so is it cold showers all summer for the people who live there? Yikes! I can’t wait to hear about your child, and I can see that you have not shared whether it’s a boy or girl! We’re all looking forward to hearing more and seeing pictures. I’ve seen some of the York 8 kids and told them you were in Kostenai and they were all very excited.

    Take care,

  • 7. Shannon  |  September 7, 2008 at 1:08 am

    keep up the grewat ork, your both so brave…I’m so interested in your experience…take care, be safe, enjoy…~ shannon

  • 8. Shannon  |  September 7, 2008 at 1:09 am

    that was “great work”….sorry, a typo

  • 9. Phillip and Lanetta Gobble  |  September 7, 2008 at 3:55 am

    can’t wait to hear more…. keep the updates coming…

  • 10. Maddy Arsenault  |  September 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Just sending love from mum and dad. Sounds like things are calming down. Will be anxious to hear from you after your visit today.

  • 11. Dawn  |  September 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more and truly hope things are moving expeditiously. Wishing you much luck!


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