Today was the last day with Maria. It was soooooooooooooooooo hard to say goodbye. I was in tears and everyone kept asking me why I was crying. I am going to miss that sweet marshmellow :(. She was so adorable today. She was a lot more interactive and made lots of babbling sounds. We did several "tests" with her and confirmed that she is not deaf! So that will be good. She just doesn't know her name.
Speaking of which, at the end of the meeting with her today, we had to sign a bunch of paperwork saying that we were still interested in adopting her and we had to include her new name! Talk about on the spot decision! We did not know that today was the day and then was the moment! So we quickly agreed on a cute name we have been kicking around for her. . . drum roll . . . Hallie! We also had to name Alisa and since we hadn't decided yet on Alisa vs Lisa we decided to keep Alisa and we can always still call her Lisa for short if we decide to.
THESE NAMES ARE OFFICIAL AND THE LAST TIME WE WILL CHANGE THEM. We had to sign a paper so it is the end of the name switching ;). Go ahead and make them personalized things :)!
Oh, and Ethan, yes we left the slinky with Hallie. It was by far her favorite toy of the things we brought. In fact it was the favorite toy of everyone we have met while in Russia (adults and kids alike). They all LOVE it. So, we are doing a Slinky Drive in Hallie's name and we are going to bring a ton on our 2nd trip to her orphanage. If anyone would like to donate one you can get them for super cheap at Walmart. Also, Alisa's orphanage is in desperate need of shoes. So we are going to do a Shoe Drive in Alisa's name. If anyone would like to donate shoes (any size), we will be bringing them on our next trip as well. Just a small way that you can make the lives of special needs orphans a little better.