"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Two months ago.... one month ago...

Two months ago....

... we were led through an orphanage, hearts pounding, heads spinning, up stairs and down long hallways, past many many rooms, feeling lost and found all at the same time. When we finally walked into the room and seen our girl... I can't even describe the overwhelming rush of feelings that took over. I wanted to laugh, cry, scream, rush over and scoop her up, stand back and let my fears take over. But we just stood and stared, hesitant to go to her but resisting the urge while everyone spoke very fast in Russian around us, while they explained to Alina who we were. I will never forget that moment, when they told her that we were going to be her Mama and Papa. She opened her mouth and gasped a little, turned to look at us and gave us this huge smile.


And so it began. We played, we smiled, we talked quietly to her. Our interactions with her were being watched and observed. This next picture was taken as we had to go. It was a chance to finally hold her, if only for a few seconds. A chance to let her feel us, and to capture us on this very important day.


One month ago....

....we were finally united as a family! After a very long day of travel, we arrived back in our home state to our waiting friends and family. Again, emotions came rushing that I can't describe. 5wks in a foreign country is taxing, especially when your other half had to go home earlier, and you've been away from your kids that long. My boys looked like they had grown inches! I'd been seeing them on the computer screen via skype for 5 long weeks, and to finally wrap my arms around them.... it was wonderful! And to reunite with my husband, for Alina to be seeing Papa again!
(next two pictures taken by the amazing Melissa Fryckman of Melissa Fryckman photography. My BFF who made the trek to the airport to capture these moments for us! <3)





Today...

.... our girl is growing and thriving! When we got home she was 26lbs and 36" tall. Today she is 28lbs! Her faced has filled out some, she is using the potty full time, and is picking up English faster than we could have ever imagined. She's been given a clean bill of health from our pediatrician, has had her eyes examined and now sports a cute tiny pair of glasses, and has her intake appointment at Gillette childrens hospital cerebral palsy center in January!


Two months ago Alina couldn't bear much weight on her legs, much less take deliberate steps. Today she walks very well holding only one hand, or pushing her doll stroller. She prefers to walk instead of riding or being held, and will walk up and down the hallway holding the wall. Her legs are strong, her steps intentional. I can't wait to see how quickly she gets going once she gets the PT and bracing/shoes/inserts she needs! She has motivation on her side, she WANTS to walk, she WANTS to do things herself.

In only two short months many lives have changed. All for the better. We are so blessed to have Alina as our daughter. Watching her grow and thrive, learn new things, see everything with such a fresh outlook! Everything is fascinating to her! Watching her outside all bundled up rolling around in the snow (and I was certain that somewhere in UA a nanny fainted because she was rolling around in the snow) and seeing her delight at being pulled in the sled and sliding down the hill on her belly. :) Its amazing what two short months can do.

8 comments:

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

:D Beautiful post! She is doing brilliantly and looks wonderful!

Leah said...

What a beautiful post!!!! The changes are amazing, really! I'm currently in a different Eastern European country to get Axel, and expect to be back in your same chilly state in a couple of weeks! I cannot wait to be "that family" at the airport, reunited with those who are waiting for us at home!

Corinne said...

A beautiful little girl who is so blessed to have such a wonderful Mamma and Pappa !! So amazing to see changes in such a short amount of time. It is wondeful to be able to watch others share an adoption experience. Such a beautiful family created through adoption .

Anne said...

This had me near tears! Yours is such an amazing story! You have me seriously considering doing this some day.

Danielle said...

Oh my gosh, I'm crying over here! You have me SO passionate about adopting some day. Alina is such a gorgeous little girl and I am SO GLAD you guys found her. God bless you all. I have chills!

Jon and Samantha said...

You're making me cry woman! How wonderful to see what a little time and a lot of love can do!

Dee said...

Thank you SO much for coming to the Meyer's fundraiser. You were brave to fight the snow! It was a wonderful blessing to see a real-live- child who was once a Reece's rainbow child. It made Rachel and Ken's process come to life for me.

You are blessing. Thank you.

Rachel's Aunt Dee. :-)

rizalaYa said...

Congratulation with your little girl! Finally you are all together. I wish you a lot of happiness and to enjoy each other very much!