Things are going very well. Misha seems to be very happy to be here. He is getting along well with everybody at home and every where we go. He and Josh are spending a lot of time together since everybody else works. Josh is brushing up on his Russian since Misha doesn't speak much English and the two of them are home a lot by themselves. Russian can be easily spoken at home during the day with no translation necessary. Misha is eating well, sleeping well most nights and seems to be settling in very well all the way around. He is learning to speak a few words here and there. I left a long list of words on his desk last night for him to start working on today. School starts here on the 7th of August, so he has about 1 month to learn as much as I can teach him to help him with communicating at school. Misha has made friends with some of the other children we know who have been adopted from Ukraine. He and Kristina seem to be getting along very well. She will be at the same school he will be attending so it will be very good for both of them to have built a friendship before school starts. Misha joined the boys in his class for Sunday school yesterday. It was the first time I have left him with a group with whom he can't communicate. He said he fell asleep because he couldn't understand anything and was just sitting there. Hopefully he will start picking up the language soon enough that won't be a problem for long. We signed him up for soccer over the weekend. He will start practices on the 13th of August and games will start in September. He seems to be excited about getting to play soccer on a team.
All of the family was able to get together for one evening. We had a friend of ours meet us at the lake near our house and take a quick snapshot of the entire family after work. Hopefully we will be able to get some really nice pictures made some time in the not too distant future, but for now the quick snapshot will have to suffice.
When I look at this snapshot I see some wonderful loving children. I have been so blessed with a great family!!! We are not perfect and have our rough days on occasion, but we fit together as God has put us together. God has been so good to all of us.