Saturday, January 16, 2010

It has been a month

I have had Nina with me for a month (yesterday). Time went by so quickly, yet, our time in Ukraine is still tainted with raw feelings of the emotional hardships. It feels like our life together really started when we got home. We have had 2 wonderful weeks as a family!

Please understand, my time with Nina when it was just the 2 of us was great, but the emotional journey that the rest of our family took during that time was very hard. Being in an unfamiliar place where people spoke Nina's language which made her reject me at times made it hard too. It is good to be home!

Nina is doing fantastic. She is picking up on English quickly and she is showing us more and more of who she is. She has many words and is even starting to put 2 word sentences together with the words that she knows. Things like "Nina eat" "sit here" "follow me" "no touch" "I try" etc.

Two days ago she really got interested in using her walker and she is doing fantastic with it. She finds great joy in her accomplishment and thrives in Andy and I encouraging her and delighting in her. Even while Nichole follows her around trying to take the walker while saying, "Mine!"

Being delighted in. What a wonderful feeling for Nina, there are people in her life that delight in her. She is loved, she is wanted, she is celebrated. Just like her sisters.


Jo's Corner said...

I am so happy to hear that the family bonding is going well! And, I LOVE the pictures. The ones that you have the girls all dressed the same are precious! Is Nina continuing to use the walker?
I was also wondering if you have had any doctor appointments yet? I an eager to hear that she is a healthy girl and that her legs will be easy to "fix".
Keeping you all in my prayers!
With Love ~ Jo

schoolmother said...

Wow, I just sat here and read your entire trip. Bless your heart--what a time you had. So glad you are finally home with your daughter. Your picts at the orphanage look so familiar--were you possibly at Vorzel? We adopted our son Caleb from there in Jan/Feb 2008. We were in Kiev in December, 2008 too meeting Steven and came home on New Year's Eve. I could relate to so many things you were saying: bananas, feeling so teary, initial fear when husband leaves, wondering if the tax number would EVER come, etc. I feel bad I wasn't following your journey as it was happening--at least I could have prayed, too. God brought you through. Praise God! and your daughter is beautiful. Love Joy, RR