"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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Six months ago (part 2)

Six months ago today, we stepped off the airplane in Minneapolis after a very exhausting night.
(snoozing away in the apartment on our last night in Ukraine)

The final flight was only an hour... from Chicago to Minneapolis, but it seemed to take forever! After traveling since 3am EE time, we were all exhausted. Alina was great on the flights, sleeping for a couple hours on the long flight from Germany to Chicago and cheerfully charming everyone the rest of the flights. :)

(so excited to be a US citizen... in Chicago waiting for our final flight!)

Daddy had said he couldn't make it to the airport because he couldn't get off work. But really he was surprising us. And our prince did come!

And we were all reunited after 5 long weeks!

I've never felt more blissful than I did that moment in the airport. I was home, I had my entire family around me. I had great friends who loved us and came out to support us.

I'm amazed at how far our girl has come in the last 6 months. We met a little girl who was very lost, had no language, and was physically very delayed. We brought home a baby. Now only 6 months later she's almost caught up to her peers. She's not quite walking on her own yet, but she talks up a storm and she gets things. She's active, alert, doesn't miss anything. And its only been *6 months!*

Here is the Alina we brought home. Little, shy, chopped off hair....
(taken the Sunday after we got home, before her first Church service) she had to put her hands down to help support herself while sitting like this. The only way she could sit up was to do a 'W' sit.

And this is our Alina today. Bright, talkative, active, funny and full of attitude! She is almost walking on her own (as you can see from the video's below), and she makes her presence known wherever we are. God has big things in store for this little girl!

Please, no more pictures. :)

Alexander thought up this cool game for Alina, he put the cones down and she had to walk to them and pick them up. He'll be a good physical therapist some day. She loved it because it was a big brother helping her. :)


Anonymous said...

SO wonderful to see her....and so glad that your family didn't miss out on such an incredible miracle as Alina!

Much love,

Leah S. said...

She is beautiful! When I met her several weeks ago I couldn't get over how much she was talking. She is just amazing. Thanks for letting us watch her progress. Such a beautiful girl.

Rachel said...

She is just so stinkin' cute! She always makes me really want to go get a little girl :). And what a great big brother she has!