Friday, October 08, 2010

Take a close look

Ukraine 022 Ukraine 016 First Plane Ride- Kiev
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Notice anything between those two sets of photos?
The first two are Emma, the day I got custody of her in Ukraine.  The first is her very first ride on an airplane, the second right before her first ever bath.
The second two are Lynae, taken on Wednesday night.  One she’s playing, the second she’s sacked out COLD.
The similarities? Lynae, at 13 months and SMALL for her size… is wearing the pajama that Emma, at 5 YEARS OLD wore home from Ukraine.  (I don’t have any pic’s of Emma in that sleeper other than those, because 1- it was HARD to take pic’s when I was alone! and 2- she wore it as an under-layer since it was FREEZING…
Wow.  Perspective.
Just WOW.
And this is what it’s all about.  Why I can never let the orphan stop breaking my heart.  Because as soon as we can turn cold to THIS, I don’t even want to know.  This is real.  This is MY KIDS.  And SO many others that are still waiting. 


  1. Wow. I have always known Emma was really tiny when you brought them home from Ukraine but, you're right, this post definitely gives some serious perspective!

    When we brought Mari home from Colombia she was 19 months old and the size 6 months clothes we had for her were still a little big. But that doesn't even compare to Emma at FIVE YEARS OLD.

  2. Wow, I thought those were all four the same child! That is really amazing.
    I hope someday to add a child (or more than one) to our family through adoption, and it hurts my heart to think that until I can - that child will be out there somewhere.
    I know God loves all these littles - it still hurts to think of them not getting bedtime kisses, hugs, and cuddles every day. Babies and kids belong in families! Praying they all will get there.

  3. wow!!!!!!!!!! and not look at emma! she is such a big girl and doing so great. you must be so proud of her!

  4. The change in Emma is so wonderful. She had no sparkle in her eyes when you first met her, so deprived of things. Now look at her beautiful smiling face! It so amazing to see what the love of a family does for a child!

  5. Wow, Meredith. I know Emma has transformed so much since coming home, but to see the comparison right next to each other.......just wow.