Day Six: Puzzle and Kisses

Maxim is catching on to the routine. First thing he wanted today was food and guess who forgot to bring it? GULP! Thank goodness we did have with us a green grape juice box which was gone in NO TIME! He forgave us. ;o)

Lastnight in the market I found a little foam puzzle of Tom and Jerry and remembered he had seen that cartoon once and loved it. We brought it with us today thinking he'd be thrilled, but soon realized that puzzles aren't his thing. I don't think he's ever done a puzzle before so we took it slow. He didn't pay attention to the pictures on each piece, he was focusing on the slots to put together. After we put together and took a part several times, he began catching on and we celebrated when he began doing it all by himself. There are many things he may not know but he catches on quickly!

George, our facilitator went back to Kiev to submit our documents to SDA which means we are without a translator! YIKES! We have a cell phone to reach him if we need and we are making it just fine but these family visits are a bit more challenging as I know Maxim is asking questions and we are not responding exactly as he may want. He's talking and talking more and more and we just want to know all that he is saying!! Soon and in time.

He's very affectionate with me and quickly warming to Holden but today I would say was the first real obvious day that he is warming to his Papa. He went over to Randy and asked for music. He knew the phone had music on it. So he pulled out some worship music and Maxim laid across Randy's lap while Daddy gently rubbed his back. The smile on his face told it all. He was at his daddy's arms.

I have another video- again on Facebook only.

Thank you for the comments and encouragement and love. We love hearing from home.

Love you,


rightwriter said…
This brings tears of joy. I had not seen your posts until now and now I'm catching up

Oh, I can so relate to wanting to know everything my teen was trying to tell me and dealing with the language barrier! I went through that more than once in my adoptions!

This is so beautiful to see the love of the Father through you expressed to this one who didn't have a family and the added physical challenges.
And are we not all imperfect in some way. What a beautiful message, we don't have to be perfect to be loved and cherished! While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Keep sharing what you are learning through this experience. People need to know the lessons we can learn from the weak so they will value and care for them.
Psalm 41 (NIV)
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The LORD protects and preserves them—
they are counted among the blessed in the land—
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.

Love and Hugs to you,
Sharon Gibson
Milena said…
How sweet that Maxim is opening up to his dad too! I'm so happy to hear that!

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