Karina decided that she could not be adopted because she did not want to leave her 84 year old grandmother. I have a picture I took at the orphanage and I captured a moment that I thought was so beautiful, and maybe that is the day I really fell in love with this girl. It is one of those pictures that stay in your memory. Karina's grandmother had been to visit her, she had ridden 3 or 4 hours on the train to come to the orphanage to spend time with her.
She is a small wizened lady bent over with a limp, the years on her lined faced showing the toll life has taken on her. Her love for this young girl is very obvious. The picture I captured was one of them walking away to put her grandmother on the bus. Their backs were profiled in my lens just for a moment, This was a picture that told a story and I wanted to frame it in my mind. I felt like an intruder on their private, sweet and tender goodbye as they hugged, and yet I couldn't bring myself to turn away. I didn't even know Karina well, but she intrigued me. Her care and tenderness towards her grandmother was in such stark contrast to the sterile orphanage setting.
Karina had her grandmothers satchel in one hand and was tenderly holding the older woman's arm. Karina was so young and fresh, tall and lithe, so full of the beauty, the hope of a future, a story yet to be written. Such a contrast to the old woman beside her bent with age, and who has seen more than she ever cared to. At this moment Mark and I both knew we wanted to be a part of Karina's story we wanted to help write a better future for her than the woman next to her who was having to leave her beloved granddaughter in the orphanage.
Three weeks age she told our facilitator she did not want to be adopted. We both grieved! Why was she throwing away her chance yet again? The we found out her grandmother was still alive, even though they told us she had died. Never believe any stories you hear half of them are untrue, or at the very least wrong information.
We love this girl with all our hearts, her future is grim how can we possibly bear the thoughts of her being all alone and having to find her way. A missionary friend who does a lot of work over in Ukraine met Karina and he said she is so beautiful she will be preyed on as soon as she leaves that orphanage. I held this child in my arms and listened to her sweet breathing as she slept beside me after she had fallen asleep giggling over us trying to talk with each other in sign language. All the girls love to take turns sleeping with me when dad is traveling. It is a special time when we can talk and bond.
Our heads and hearts were reeling. Then we found out why and it made sense. We knew that we had to have her come for the summer. Her director talked to her and explained that grandmother will not live forever and Karina must think about her future. She now has less than a year! She has agreed to come and she told our friend who just saw her that she loves us very much and that we are the family she wants to be with. We are still going to move forward with all the paperwork.
We are so happy she is coming. We have a friend who is Russian and has worked extensively with orphans and all that that entails. We will be able to have some very serious talks with her.
We don't know how we are going to do it all we just have to put our faith in God.
Kyle is doing fine. They were able to induce one of the spasms at the neurologist office, and after extensive tests and checking it looks like they can't find anything wrong. Platelets are back to normal. Praise God!! Thank you for your prayers.
I have been saving the money every week to get Nastia's eye operation. I sent the money off this week with lots of prayers. I will put a picture up of what she looked like before and then hopefully Sveta will send me an after shot. The poor girl has been crossed eyed her whole life she has never been able to see correctly. We just couldn't forget her when we came back even in the midst of all of the other stuff we are trying to do.
I still need to get the puzzle up please bear with me. This has been such a busy time and I don't even have 5 minutes these days but my summer vacation is coming and you will probably all be tired of hearing from me:) I love all of you and praise God for you.
I see the beauty of the Spring but more importantly I see God in every flower or tiny bird that flies by my window.