Since we arrived in Sofia on Saturday and we cannot go meet “Z’ until Monday, Ivan and Martin asked if they could take us to the Rila Monestary near Sofia. We said yes and I am so glad we did!! Both Ivan and Martin are super nice and are somewhat Bulgarian historians. It was gorgeous!! It is in the mountains so we got to see the fall colors and beautiful scenery. The monestary was unbelievable!! Bulgaria is so rich in history! It was so hard to fathom some of the articles in the museum with dates in the first century (of course the history of Bulgaria, or the territory has BC history). The monastery temple itself was just amazing. Every square inch is painted, inside and out! The details are beautiful!!
We then took a hike up the mountain to view other areas the Saints and monks have used. The mountain air was nice and relaxing!!
It was so nice to get to know Ivan and Martin. God has blessed us from the beginning of this process and providing two very nice guides/interpreters is all part of His plan!!! Martin will not be able to continue his time with us throughout the week as he and his wife are expecting twins this week. So we pray all goes well with him and his wife!
Early tomorrow, we will leave for Montana, Bulgaria. This is the city/village where we will spend the next five days. We will travel between Montana and the village, Gavril Genova. This village is where the orphanage is located. Therefore, tomorrow……we meet our beautiful daughter (just typing that sent a chill down my spine and a tear down my cheek)! We are so excited! So hard to believe the time is here! Thank you GOD for all you have done for Amy, myself and our family!!
Well it is getting late here in Bulgaria and we will have a long day tomorrow! Goodnight to you all and please keep us and “Z” in your thoughts and prayers!!
Love you all!!