Two years ago our lives changed forever. This was the day, the day we had been waiting for for just under a year, that the girls would be forever ours. Looking back, the process went by so fast. Jim and I decided to adopt and less than a year later, we were blessed with our girls.
Two years ago today, was the day that we finally were able to pick them up and finalized the process in Ukraine -- what we call in the adoption world, gotcha day. The 8 week journey in Ukraine felt like it took forever. There was a lot of heart ache and a lot of frustration until we found them. We are convinced that the trials and tribulations that we went through were part of the grand process. Our girls weren't available for our first several visits with the SDA (adoption authority in Ukraine). Then timing was in our favor when they became available.
In just under 2 years, the girls became Americans. They are 100%. We thought for sure they would continue to speak their native Russian language at least to each other -- no such luck. It's kind of sad that they have no desire to speak Russian. We have a local market in the area that has a couple from Ukraine that work there. It's pretty sad the capitalist that they have become, when I have to bribe them five bucks to speak of few words of Russian to the nice folks from Ukraine -- lol!
Ana is now 12. She loves school. She has great friends and strives to accomplish everything she sets out to do. She is such a go getter. Dasha is now 10. I give her six months and she will be taller than her mother. She also loves school. She is constantly taking it all in. English and phonics seem to have been a little more of a challenge for her than Ana. However, when it comes to the universal language of mathematics, Dasha is amazing. Dasha is also very perceptive. If anything is ever misplaced in the household, we ask Dasha and she can find just about anything.
The girls love sports. They played soccer during the summer season and are playing basketball for the second fall season. They are accomplished water skiers. Ana's mission was to master slalom skiing by the end of summer and she did it.
Life is great. Jim and I love being parents to them. Granted, life raising children most certainly can pose it's challenges. We work hard everyday to keep them familiar with where they came from and the life they once had. Keeping them humble and appreciative is our main goal. We started with such a great palette, we don't want to screw it up.
Until next time,