Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Girl's Day

Isabella is feeling so much better today. She is back to her spunky self. Michael, on the other hand, is sick. He started on the antibiotic we brought and seems to be doing better tonight after a lot of rest today. So today became a girl’s day out. I took Isabella swimming this morning and she stayed in the pool for a good hour and a half … maybe even 2 hours! She took another amazing nap. While she and Michael napped, I went shopping with another mom in our group. We hired Ann of Red Thread to take us to the markets. Oh my gosh was this fun! Ann knew exactly where to go, did all the negotiating and saved us so much money. We bought pearls and jade and other beads. The markets are so neat to see. I thought Bella would be awake when I got back, but she was still napping! I had to wake the sleepy head up. I hope she sleeps tonight!
The heat is still oppressive, but this has been the prettiest day yet. Blue skies all day. Beautiful!
Because Michael needed to rest, Bella and I hit the playroom here and played with her new friend Della (although they don’t know they are friends yet). Bella and I went and ate another amazing Italian dinner with Della and her parents.
Today was our consulate appointment. This is the day that our whole trip in planned around. The funny thing is that we did not have to go anywhere. I guess I thought we had to go to the consulate and do something, but our guide took care of everything. Tomorrow we go to take the oath and get her visa.
This is a photo of the outside of our hotel.

Please pray that Michael gets better and that I don't get whatever it is! We are almost at the end of our hotel living - yay!!!!


  1. We are so sad to hear that Michael got sick. We will be praying for him. Bella looks so cute with her swimmies on. She is going to love your pool at home. Just a few more days and you will be home - Can't Wait!!!! We love you guys!
    The Milton's

  2. So glad to hear Bella is better, but poor Michael! Sending healthy thoughts your way....

  3. We are sorry to hear that Michael is not feeling well. Hopefully a little rest, medicine, and time with his gals will bring a quick cure. So, any idea on how we could get one of those wonderful shopping women here? We are counting down the days! Love you! Tiffany, Jeremy, and Addy (who has experienced the state fair tonight and doesn't get what the big deal is)

  4. I am so glad Bella is better. Sounds like you and Bella had a great day together. I wish I could have been on that shopping trip...sounds like alot of fun.
    I will be praying for a quick recovery for Michael and for you to stay healthy.
    Only a few more days and you will be back home.
    Aimee Cromer

  5. My name is Joyce Bradley. My husband, Ronnie, is the brother of Julie Monger's mother. We have kept up with Bella since the time she went to live with the Mongers and have continued to do so via your blog. It has been amazing to see the process by which God has brought Bella to be a part of your family!

    I look forward each day to signing on to your blog to see any updates and find it to be a disappointment when there are none! I am not one that enjoys reading on the PC but this has certainly been the exception for me! Thank you so much for continuing the blog since you have gotten back to the States and also for including the entire family in it. I feel as if I know you and your family just from your writings. I do hope you will continue the updates indefinitely along with the pictures. God has certainly given you a talent for writing and I hope one day you will consider writing a book about your journey.

    Many people prayed for so long that Bella would be adopted by a Christian family. It is so wonderful to see how our Heavenly Father has so beautifully answered these prayers. May God continue to bless you and your family as you serve Him.