So is it the same girl that came last summer?
No, Di*na stayed with us last summer. Her orphanage did not participate this summer.
Nastya is the name of the girl coming?
Sort of, Nastya is her nickname. We can't give out identifying information so her nickname is what we will use online.
How old is she?
Nastya will be 10 when she arrives but will soon celebrate her 11th birthday while visiting us.
A birthday! Are you throwing her a party?
Her birthday will be very soon after she arrives so we will just celebrate as a family. If you would like to send her a birthday card (no gifts please), I am sure she would appreciate it! If you need our address, please send me an email. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When does she arrive?
She flies into the Indianapolis airport on Wednesday, June 27th in the late evening.
How long is she here?
She will depart Monday, July 29th.
Are you going to show us pictures this time?
Yes, this summer, the circumstances are different so we are going to share pictures on our blog and facebook.
So.....What does she look like?
So are you adopting her?
No, Nastya is just visiting our family for a few weeks this summer. She has some extended family back home with whom she maintains a relationship.
Well, isn't that just cruel to show her your nice stuff and your family then send her back?
No, Nastya is just visiting. She was invited and she decided to come on this trip. For her it is simply a vacation and a chance to travel. Just like when you go on vacation, you know it is a fun break but only temporary.
Does she speak any English?
It is our understanding that she speaks very little but understands some.
How will you communicate?
We will use google translate and gestures. One of the reasons for Nastya's visit is for her to practice and improve on her English so we will be working on that.
Won't she be scared?
Probably, I would if it were me! Nastya has visited the US before this trip. She was able to come over Christmas break to stay with a family in southern California. I am sure she will be nervous but it helps because she will be familiar with the travel. It may even be easier...the last time she flew in and out of LAX. I am sure Indy is a lot less intimating!
Wait...so she has come before?
Yes, this will be her second trip. The family she stayed with over Christmas loves her very much and has kept in contact with her. They were unable to host this summer and are glad she is staying with us. They have been a great resource to us as we prepare for her visit.
So you know some stuff about her already? Like what?
We know that she loves Pepsi, pizza, and chicken wings (plain not spicy!). We know she enjoys roller skating and wants to ride a roller coaster. She likes to stay up late and work on crafts. She doesn't enjoy the dentist. Hmm...she sounds just like a normal kid, huh?!?
How will she know your family?
We have written an introductory letter with pictures of us and our home that was sent to her. At the airport we will hold up a big welcome sign with her picture on it!
How does this work again?
We are hosting through New Horizons for Children. You can read more about the organization by clicking HERE. We pay her expenses so she can spend summer in the US being part of a family, doing touristy things, and practicing English rather than at an Eastern European summer camp.
What can we do to help?
We have had several people already donate items to us. We are so thankful for their generosity! We still need to pay $300 to cover her connecting flight. She is still going to need shoes so a gift card to Target or Kohls would be great. We would love to send her home with a new pair of roller blades/roller skates. If you want to donate some money for those things.
Mailing her a birthday card during the first week of July would be very thoughtful. But mainly, your prayers that she would have safe travel, easy transition into our family and our time zone, and that she would know that Jesus loves her and so do we!
Do you have any more questions? Ask away!