Thursday, April 16, 2009

After Easter update

Today the boys had opportunity to play with other boys from our building. I think it was noticably quiet. Will try posting a video clip to show you. They make more noise that this inside! The other boys seemed quite entertained by having these young boys to kick the ball around with.

There has been a lot happening and not enough time to get it recorded. The boys are chattering away to the point we are ready for them to be quiet! Mostly it is good, though there are some ways we have to be diligently involved in training especially David for properly and respectfully expressing himself. David has become much more insistent on his way and not the follower he once was, when Erik seemed to dominate most things. And so there are more conflicts than there used to be.

The doctor says that she sees considerable change in the boys over this last year. What a difference living in a family has made for them, she exclaims. We continue to hear comments about how lucky they are and what we have saved them from. Some day they will understand that too!

On Saturday we had a student come for the day while we were away at a wedding in Siauliai, 2+ hours away. That is the first time we did an all day kind of event way from them. The bride was Simona who worked with Gregg in Silute youth group for a couple of years while a student at LCC. She married an American and they have plans to be in the USA for the first part of their marriage before ministry together somewhere.
We got home after 9:30 to put the boys to bed. They were quite wound up and proved to be so for the next couple of days. Seems we pay for being away.

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day and we had responsibilities for the service at Silute Free Christian Church. The boys were dressed up for the day, but they probably will be more remembered for their distruptions of the service :(.

But, actually we have been very pleased in the interest that the boys take in bible stories and lately in the meaning of Jesus' death on the cross. Erik asked last week for a different bible story book. The one we have is too much for little kids. So I did find one at LCC library and it has lots of pictures that are a little more realistic than the toddler books, and stories a bit longer than what we had. He sat for 150 pages... 45 minutes later I was saying- enough now!

Erik is becoming a little theologian it seems. The questions he asks are pretty deep, especially for a 5 year old. He thinks a lot about it and what makes sense and what does not. Like, why did God create angels that turned bad? How could God die (He understands that Jesus and God are one)? Will animals go to heaven?
The questions can go on for a long time especially at bedtime.

We had a little Easter Egg/ candy hunt in the back yard here for the boys. Seems like it was the first time they ever did this!

On Monday we went on a bus trip with others from LCC to Rumsiskes- an outdoor museum of types that had Easter activities. In one of those the children roll eggs and if their egg hits another they get both eggs, if not their egg stays as a target for someone else.

The experience on the bus was somewhat unforgettable. The boys had more options to move around than they every do in a car seat. They were walking in the aisle and visiting other children on the trip. In some ways that made it easier to make a 3 1/2 hour trip. But on the way home when they were tired, they were still wound up and so the trip tired us out.

We found out the next steps we need for the immigration process for the boys. We will be reapplying for our permits and then the boys apply for theirs. As long as we apply within 90 days of the date the court revoked their Lithuanian citizenship, they should be able to get permanent resident permits. And we have found a way to accomplish what we need to do without leaving the country which is what we were a bit worried about over the last couple of weeks.

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