Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter from Bishkek!

So we finally made it to Kyrgyzstan at 220 am. That flight from Istanbul to Bishkek seemed to stretch on forever. It was about 24 hours travel time altogether with layovers. We saw the coolest film on that leg called August Rush!! It was so appropriate for our trip to pick up our Phoebe. High on the recommended list, it just made our trip here more special. About a child looking for his family and how he orchestrates it into being, really, take a look!!
We were pleasantly surprised to see our facilitator waiting for us at the airport, it was so good to see her again, catch up with her, and find out more about Phoebe.

It's beautiful Easter weather here, 70 degress F sunny skies and we walked the town as well as went to the Beta store for our baby supplies, baby wipes, diapers, bottled water, and some snack food for us. It's not a far walk from here compared to the snowy, cold weather we left and we were sweating up a storm.

It is now less than 12 hours to pick up Miss PC. We are pretty tired but have to say it's been a blessing to not have responsibilities or lists to get done for the past day. We didn't realize that it took so much to be a parent, until you don't have the baby with you. We still miss Michael terribly but love the fact that he slept the first night without difficulty at the Stahls. That is a huge relief. It's our little 4 lb dog that is having issues adjusting...
For now, just enjoy our pics of Easter Sunday, reflecting on all Jesus did for us and thanking God for the gift of life!!!

John's hand compared to Kyrgyz's finest athlete, I think he's pretty close!
Travel trio at Parliament
Changing of the Guard
Scott said changing of the babies!!
Eating at a traditional Kyrgyz restaurant in the traditional manner, it's been great to have travelling buddies!!

8 comments:

Mom to 2 Angels said...

So glad you made it. I really miss being there. Tell G we said Hi and that Aylin is just as feisty as she was there! I can't wait to see pics of PC and follow the rest of your journey!

Rachel said...

I am so happy to hear Michael did well his first night! That awful feeling of leaving Alex still seems fresh to me. Happy Easter to you and lots of prayers headed your way. I can't wait to see pics of PC! Tell G hello from us and that Scarlett is doing great!

Carmi said...

Gen & John, Glad to see you all made it safely to Kyrgyzstan and that Michael is doing well so far. Will be praying for him while you all are gone and that your Phoebe transitions easily to your family.

Johnda said...

What an amazing Easter for you!
You are in my thoughts and prayers! Have safe trip...

Blessings

Johnda

SCmartins said...

I loved your updates! Exactly one year ago we were on our way to pick up our precious daughter. Your pictures bring back sooo many memories! Please give G a big hug from us and have an awesome time with your new daughter. Can't wait to follow your story!
Esther

Margaret & Tom said...

Oh Gen! I saw your comments on our blog and knew you must be hooked into a computer once again and safe on land in Kyrgyzstan! Looks like you are having a great first day, and handling the jet lag very well, I will want to know your secrets! I am so glad Michael slept well the first night! Happy Easter, I will be anxiously awaiting those Gotcha pics with your sweet Phoebe! Looking forward to tomorrow! Be safe, Margaret and Tom :)

wepukhulu said...

Hi John and Gen, Check your e-mail and call us here in bishkek if you can. I hope you are in touch with randall and rory. tim

Jackie said...

What wonderful weather to arrive to :) I'll be checking in on you ALL DAY, today. x