Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two Years - The Difference It Makes

They said we were too young.
They said why don't you adopt one from here.
They said its too expensive.
They said its too hard.
They said you have your "own" kids.
They said you know nothing of special needs.

I am so glad we listened to that still small voice when God put adoption on our hearts.  We could have waited.  We could have made any number of socially acceptable excuses at any point in time why NOT to adopt from Ukraine.

But God knew where she was.  He knew where she'd go if we didn't.
He knew.

When we saw her face, we knew too. 

SDA referral photo
SDA referral photo

Taken 8 months before we met her for the first time.

A photo we found while in Ukraine.  Taken before we met her.

On November 24th, we finally met who I referred to on my blog as "K."

First play time with Papa!
The first photo I put on my facebook announcing we had finally found her!
First picture with Mama.
Walking the halls with Papa.  This was the only way she could, fully supported under both arms.
Sitting on the couch this way was so hard for her.  She kept falling over.
How she loved just to be held up to look out the window at a broken down car.

Waiting for her MRI at the hospital.
At the zoo.  1 1/2 years home.
Walking at the VA Beach boardwalk with her brothers this summer.

Playing at the splash park this summer.
Home nearly 2 years.  "My favorite thing to do is smile!"

I think the pictures speak for themselves.  People have been posting about National Adoption Month and all the things they are thankful for each day on facebook.  

Today, I am so thankful that we DID.

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We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson