Revelation 3:8 (New International Version)
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

The child is the beauty of God present in the world – that greatest gift to a family.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Some of the wonderful people we met along our walk to the orphanage.

Here is a picture of a man who sat almost every morning outside the apartment. Every morning we would smile and I think he enjoyed the company of sitting on the bench.
This is a picture of one of the staff nurses at the orphanage. She actually spoke some English. I think she had a "crush" on Steven. She would always find him and then giggle. I thought it was so cute. We need to send her this picture because she had told us she wanted a copy. The other picture is of a sweet sweet older lady who we adored. We met her during our walk to the orphanage. She sold pears that fell off her tree. We would give her 25 cents and she would want to give us 6-7 pears. We would only take 2-4 since many were rotten. She would be very offended if you did not take any. She was so sweet after a few times she would "save" some of the better looking pears for us. She looked forward to us passing by and saying hello. The problem was she would talk to us in Russian and we could not understand a word. One day we put the translator on the phone to tell her that we did not understand Russian and tell her why we walked past her house everyday. She said she knew we were headed to the orphanage. On the last day there we bought her a small gift basket and showed her the children. It was very hard for her to understand why we chose these special needs children as oppose to typical children. She felt as if it would be a "burden" but I think she could see by our smiles how happy and blessed we felt. She asked us to write to her but our translator had to remind her that we could not write in Russian. God Bless her. I hope she kept warm this cold winter.


  1. What a precious memory! Love the pictures.:)

  2. Hey girl. I love the updates!! Boy was I shocked the other day to go on RR and see your names up there.....again!! Good for you guys. Would love to talk some time. Hope you are all well!

    (adopted Laurel)

  3. I love reading and seeing the pictures of your journey.

  4. Hi! I didn't realize it was you guys who were adopting those 3 sweeties from RR until today I saw your name above their pics. Congratulations!
    I have always wanted a farm, and a big I like your blog :)

    adopting Hunter,RR

  5. It is so humbling to see such wonderful people in areas where we "regular" people would not be able to visit. Thank you for sharing.
    Lindsey Petersen

  6. I am really enjoying following your story and seeing all your picture updates. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Director of Blogger Networks

  7. Hi,
    I have been following your blog for a while and i thought mabey you would have some ideas for me.I live in california and have 6 young kids(oldest is 8)I am having a hard time getting any one to approve me for more.I was working with foster kids but this last week the state made a law that if you have 6 or more kids you can not foster!!Isn't that crazy!Well i was just wondering if it was hard for you to get home study approval and if you have any tips.

  8. Hi Jenny!
    I have an updated picture of Artyom...he is SOOOO cute and so well behaved. We see him almost every day outside with his group. He is mainstreamed with the typical kids here and it looks like he is the caregivers favorite as he behaves so well and does exactly what he is told. What a sweet boy he is!

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