Saturday, August 16, 2014

Metcha Day - 4 Years

4 years ago Chris and I walked into a Ukrainian Orphanage. We met with the Director and learned all about the little girl we had been working so hard to bring home. After much anticipation they brought Milana in to meet us. She smiled and ran right into our arms. We were hooked. (Little did we know she would spend the next weeks running into everyone's arms). They took us to a room where we got to spend 10 whole minutes with this little girl before coming in and asking "Do you want her?"

It's hard to believe we met our little girl just 4 years ago. In some ways it seems like she has been with us forever. In other ways it breaks our hearts because we know she hasn't. We know that her first years weren't the best and we spend a lot of time thinking about what her life would have been like had we only gotten her sooner.

We would love more than anything to be able to take away all the pain of those first years. We would love to take away all the trauma and all the hurt. Unfortunately we can't. All we can do is give her all the love we can. Some days its enough. Some days its hard. Every day its worth it. No matter how hard things get its always worth it. Look at that smile :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

6 Months Home

I attempted to add more pictures than this. Unfortunately, this was all I got. It isn't the best picture, but it made me laugh so hard. You gotta love Doychin photo bombing Rumyana's pic :)

I can't believe it has been 6 months already. I'm not quite sure where the time has gone. Since my last post (3 months ago) a lot has happened. Doychin turned 4. He made a mess of himself and got frosting all over his face and hands. (This is huge as my man doesn't typically like to touch his food). Rumyana shoved her entire cupcake in her mouth and then got fussy when she couldn't have more. (She loves to eat)!

Both Doychin and Rumyana were evaluated for Special Ed. Services and will be going to school. We will have 5 kids in four different schools this year - - YIKES!!!

Recently Doychin has become more and more interested in books. Yay! He has started walking over to me with a book and climbing into my lap so I can read to him. I love it! Rumyana is playing more and more every day. Both kids love music! We spend a lot of time singing and dancing. Milana and Doychin are constantly signing something - mostly songs from Frozen. They are quite the pair!

Milana is anxiously awaiting the day Rumyana starts talking. She walks up to Rumyana several times a day and says "Hey Rumyana!" and looks at her for a bit awaiting a response. Milana realizes then Rumyana can't do the same things she can, but she really wants her to join in.

All in and all we are slowly, slowly, slowly making progress. Some days it two steps forward, one step back. Other days its 20 steps back.

**In addition to today being 6 months home for the littles it is also a big day for Milana. She has been home for 3 years and 11 months. I can't believe next month will be 4 years. This time four years ago we were just getting ready to meet her. Keeping my fingers crossed I can upload a pic or two for that post.