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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Birthday M


Eight years ago, this little girl was born.
I wasn't there.
I don't know what her first cry sounded like.
I didn't get to hold her.
I'll never know for sure what medical events took place during her birth that affect her now.

This is the first photo we saw of M at the SDA in Ukraine.
I remember thinking this is the best photo you have? 
when its the one thing potential parents see as they look among a stack of files, and choose a child.  
She wasn't even looking at the camera.
We almost passed her file over.
Almost.




Every year on her birthday as I look back at another year gone by, I think about the child she was.
She is not that child anymore.
We have had enormous struggles to be sure, but each year I look back and they are fewer.

The child in these photos has come such a long way.
Four birthdays she passed without us.
Now she's had four with us.





Getting a makeover at Sparkle!



New sunglasses from her makeover.

She walked about 2 miles today around Broadway at the Beach.
No falling.
No complaining.
She was thrilled to walk around, mostly because this time she was able to walk around.

Her birthday dress.
She's a Mermaid Princess in case you were wondering.


Chocolate Cake for dinner because you only turn 8 once!







1 comment:

Milena said...

Happy 8th birthday, M!
Such a joy to see how far she has come, and the delightful smile on her face!



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

 

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