Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
These pictures are in goofy order, but I'm too chicken to mess with them on this computer which always deletes things, so they are just going to have to stay in the order that they are!

First, it is Erik's 5th birthday!! We brought him a teddy bear and a new outfit. The ladies were delighted to change him from his orphanage-wear into his new clothes, and to our surprise and delight, everything fit! He came out of the changing room looking SO PROUD, it was so cute!! He was smiling, and walking and gabbing up a storm - you could tell he was excited! We hung out in the room for a bit, and I passed out treats and gifts for both kids and caregivers, and then we went for a walk.
Here he is, getting tired toward the end of our walk. This is a double stroller (without "dividers") and big enough for him to curl up in and get ready to snooze - which he never did. Life is too interesting now to sleep!!!
Here he is, enjoying his papa. Gotta love the hat!!! (We found this outfit in the marketplace.) I told Mark I kinda liked the scarf he had on the other day better, but all I got was a "look". LOL

Here he is with his beloved Papa, after getting on his new duds and receiving his new teddy bear!

Before he got dressed, checking out his new teddy bear. He likes stuffed animals. :o) I think this is such a cute picture. Visits are getting better and better. He really seems to be recognizing us now and when we leave, he looks forlorn. It's nice. He seems to be beginning to attach to us. Not a lot yet, but certainly a good start!! Today (this morning - we have one more to go!) was a really good visit. :o)


Jane Smith said...

Great pics!! Love the new outfit too!! Looks like he is having a really great birthday! Can't wait to get my hands on that kid!! What a bummer I'll have to wait until Oct!! Love and kisses to Mark and Erik!

Adoption Adventure said...

I love the picture with the bear Erik looks like he is in intense and serious conversation. He is an all American boy in his baseball cap. As you post these pictures we can see and feel the changes in him. His happiness at having a mama and a papa is so evident. I just think of all the children who would be growing and changing so much if only they had families. Olga is beautiful. Thinking of you everyday. Rhonda

Amy L said...

Happy Birthday Erik!! What a great way to spend your birthday-with Mommy and Daddy!

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