Like much of our worries in life, our worries about Asher not remembering us was just that, worries, because he remembered his mama and papa and came running to see us. He also remembered everything we have taught him such as high five, tickle tickle, and Jen’s favorite… kisses. God is soooo good!
Before leaving Astana, we took him to his first restaurant and went to the Biterek (Tree of Life), which is their national monument (like our Washington Monument). From the top of the Biterek the city doesn’t seem as big, as you can see the city boundaries and beyond the city all you seen was fields of wheat and corn.
We also wonder how he would react to car rides and his first airplane flight, but no problems except he doesn’t like wearing the seat belt on the airplane. Which of course made him cry, something we have never heard him do either. I think we can all relate to this as no one likes to be trapped or not free to roam around and do what we like. But with some reassurance and a few smarties we were able to get him to calm down and deal with it.
In the few short hours we have had him, he has talked more than we heard him talk in the whole month we had spent bonding with him. He is speaking Kaz so we have no idea what he is saying, but he seems to be very content with us. During the plane flight he was singing, which was absolutely adorable to see and hear. And like most toddler boys, everything is an adventure for him. He wants to touch and see everything and we mean everything. His whole world has just expanded way beyond anything he has ever known and this is where we know God is going to bless us. We will be reminded of all the simple blessings around us that we take for granted everyday.
After a great first day of many new and exciting first for Asher it was time to get ready for bed and why not try the big potty, which he had no problem sitting on, but no luck going. Since we haven’t had a toddler in a while, we forgot not to let him run around with out a diaper… as he was waiting for his bath, he pooped and peed on the floor, but hey that’s what little kids do sometimes. After a nice bath and one of our favorite books, Goodnight Moon, it was off to bed with no complaints or crying and that was for all of us as Jen and I exhausted.
God is soooo good!
Signing off from Almaty.....
Jay, Jen and Asher