Today was our first phone call to Sergiy at his boarding school. The staff was wonderful to allow us to talk with him. Joe had the phone first and got to speak with him. Sergiy was so excited to hear dads voice. Then Kolya and I pick up the other phone so we could all be on. He sounded so cold, happy to hear us but sad. When he heard my voive he sounded so stinking happy which was awesome and he said "Ma". I about cried. He said he was sad and missed us. He missed Georgie and Otis (our cats who he adores) and our dogs Beau, Daisy and Charlie. He had said "Ma I no smoke". I was so proud of him. I know many of his friends smoke because there is not much to do and him and I talked about it before he left. He openly told me they would ask him when he got back and asked me what he should do. So we talked about how to handle it without losing his friends. I am so proud of him! He loves to lift weights and he has been so I told him when you are tempted to smoke say a little prayer and go lift weights, remove yourself. He said he still has his peanut butter and syrup I sent back with him. I asked if he was sharing it and he said no, it was special. LOL! He brought back many items for his friends so this he is hanging on to! He kept asking when we would be there for him. Then he said the words for the first time "Ma I love you". Whew wee! I could hear the cold and sadness in his voice. Kolya then told him that yesterday mum put pictures of him and us all over the house. He got excited and said "Thank you ma". Although we had a tough times during hosting that we were dealt to just hear him say he is ready to be home, he misses and loves us just confirmed we are moving forward as God intended for us and we are so thankful God opened the doors to have our dossier ready to go ahead of time. That this time apart can strengthen us as a family. Oh how I wanted to talk to him before the weekend to just hear his voice and let him know we have not gone anywhere and that we have not left him and we love him and it was so awesome that God honored that. We all four prayed together on the phone and encouraged him to hang in there. As hard as it was to hear the sadness in his voice I am rejoicing knowing another chip has been taken off his high and thick wall and for that I am blessed!
We now just keep calling and writing and await a date to travel! Gods timing is always perfect so in that we rest.