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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy Gotcha Day M!

Four years ago this guy spent Christmas alone in Ukraine so he could walk out of the orphanage with this kid.  She still talks about the car they rode in from time to time because until we met her, she had never been outside of those 4 walls.  Its hard to believe its been four years.

Meeting M when she was 4.

The Referral Photo.
The day we saw this picture was the day we first heard "cerebral palsy" and a laundry list of other medical conditions that quite honestly scared the crap out of us, but we chose to see the child instead of the labels.  We were 25 and 27 years old, questioned on our motives and sanity every step of the way.  She's made me a fighter from the moment I saw her face. 

Four years later as an 8 year old


Its been four years since she left her old life behind.  In a few more months she will finally reach the milestone of living with us longer than she did in the orphanage.  Her adjustment has not been easy.  We have had our struggles, particularly the first 1-2 years home.  More recently she has made wonderful progress, but still every day brings its challanges.  Sometimes when I get frustrated, I try to remind myself that she has STILL spent more time in an orphanage being unwanted and unloved than she has spent here.  Four more months will change that though and the pendulum will finally swing the other way.  I'm not sure why I find it so significant, but I do.

Happy Gotcha Day M!  


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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

 

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