It has been a year, but I can still remember in detail everything about the way the Orphanage sounded, smelled, and felt. We walked in, gave our coats to the attendant and then we were told to put on those blue shoe protectors. They are very cautious about outside germs, they want to protect the orpanage and the orpans from diseases we can pick up. We were told to sit in the waiting area on a couch...there was a fish tank close by that looked like it needed a cleaning. The smell was something of a bleach and lysol mix, the sounds were earilly quiet. There really wasn't sounds of children that we could hear at all. We were called to enter the Directors office and she was also a Doctor. Svetlana told us this time, to look directly at the Director when she was speaking to us and not to Svetlana. She went over the medicals again with us and then there was another lady in the office a very babuska looking lady and she then started to tell us about how our daughter happened to be in the orphanage. I really wasn't expecting all of this information, and was really overwhelmed, but I tried to take as many notes as possible so that I could look at it again and ask more questions when I was more prepared. Svetlana then told us to go into another room and we waited...we unpacked the blanket and toys that we had brought...and then a lady was walking our daughter into the room, she was being carried, and she looked really scared...
After I got to hold her and love onher, Tom finally had the opportunity to hold her. He waited a good half hour before holding her...we have heard that the orphans do not see a lot of men, so Tom would just talk to her from the chair and she would look at him (see picture above). Finally after 30 minutes he held his daughter for the first time...
We are so blessed to be the parents of this wonderful, amazing, sweet, beautiful, fun loving girl. The boys are over the moon in love with her and even Samson is learning to love her!
One Year ago we met
now look how you have grown
how happy you are
scared no more!
Thank you Russia for giving us a wonderful gift. We are forever grateful!