I first must apologize for any typos because the computer I am typing this on has the Russian alphabet on the keyboard, which looks like Greek symbols to me. We arrived in Moscow safely on Saturday at 11:00 am. The only odd thing that happened on the trip over was while sitting on the plane at the Moscow airport. The Russian health officials are very scared about swine flu, therefore everyone had to have their temperature taken before they were able to leave the plane. I do not know what happens if you have a temperature and fortunately we did not find out. While waiting in line at immigration we met another family that is traveling with the same adoption agency and are going to the same city as us. They are on the second trip for adopting their second child from Russia. We are and will be staying at the same hotels as them. The strange thing is they live one block away from our house in Memphis. We traveled 6,000 miles to meet a family who lived a quarter mile from our house. Its a small world. Once we arrived in Moscow we tried to keep busy to keep jet lag from getting us. We walked to the red square and saw Basil Cathedral (pictures to come soon). We then at lunch, we aren't really sure what we ate but we were hungry. Saturday evening we meet with a Russian pediatrician who spoke to us about all the medical diagnosis we should expect to see from the children at the orphange. She told us what they mean and which ones are normal and which ones should be a red flag.
Today we will take a short tour or Moscow. We will then be taking a flight to Astrakhan. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as this is a very exciting and scary time for us.