Monday, November 15, 2010

Two weeks ago!

Two weeks ago today was Arina's gotcha day! Two weeks ago she was this somber child. This somber child that was left to live in deplorable conditions simply because she was different.

The only picture we have of the room, and the other children that Arina lived with. They never allowed us in this room. Daddy got to see it the day he rescued her. The baby in the crib in the back, Ray wants to go back for. Her grandpa goes and sees her every day. But he is not allowed to take her because he is too old. So they would rather this baby grow up in an orphanage than with family!

Daddy! Bye bye orphanage!

First time in a carseat! At least they had one for her. Their driver had a baby, and he brought her carseat for us!

Wow, a computer! In daddy's apartment in Kiev!


Just two weeks later, she is this smiling, happy baby girl!
She is laughing and she's going to crawl any day now. She gets up on her hands and knees, and tries to go. I give her until Christmas, she'll be crawling by then!
You'd never know this sweet thing spent her first 13 months in an orphanage. Her parents gave her up simply because she had an extra chromosome. Look at what they are missing now!








27 comments:

Krista said...

Wow. I am sooo happy for you and your family. She is adorable, as is Jaxson! You really deserve and award!

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

you and your family rock!! she is perfect...she has spunk!! smiles

Makenzies Miracle said...

Beautiful! What an amazing little girl with an amazing story!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh Lacey .....

I watched these videos with Jacob. The laughing one made us both laugh out loud. Jacob is SO excited to meet her on Monday (that's the day, right? That's what Denise said).

Then we watched the second video and I said "How funny, she moves like a seal" and then five seconds later, you said the same thing! LOL

I can't wait to see your gorgeous family on Monday. :)

Alison said...

So cute! I can't wait to see the first video of her crawling!

Denise said...

Love the giggle, love seeing her get up on her knees and love that you have saved her from the orphanage. Now when will you be going back for that other precious angel :)

The Fluck Family said...

she has such big, beautiful eyes!

Emily said...

She is doing so well! I bet you are right... a crawler is right around the corner!

Alaina & Kyle said...

Love, love, love...the skydiver move!! I can't help but laugh everytime!

Simply, Sarah said...

I love it, and am so glad you got your princess!!

Jessica said...

I see earings! Whan did you do that? She looks adorable!!! I love this happy ending!

Kristin said...

Oh, that tickling video brought me to tears. One lucky little girl!

Jeana said...

When do we get to meet?? We need to have a party before everyone gets the sickies.

G-Zell said...

Awww she is simply adorable!

Tina said...

The videos were hilarious, don't know which one I found sweeter, they were both so so sweet. Love her little laugh and yes love her seal moves, she is adorable Lacey. You are so lucky to have her as she is to have all you. She was born under a lucky star she got herself such a wonderful family to be part of, one can just feel the love.

stephanie said...

she is perfect!!!!!

The VW's said...

HMMM.....I wonder if she is loved or not? :) She is one blessed little lady! She got a great Momma and Daddy, and 4 great big brothers! She had no idea what was coming on her gotcha day, but I have a feeling she is one happy girl now! What a honey! I am absolutely in love with her and that sweet sounding giggle!

Michelle Z said...

Lacey, I love her! She's amazing!! :)

Holly W said...

she is such a gift...how lucky you and your family is to have her now..and too bad for the people that gave her up..they will never know what a joy she is

Rochelle said...

Look at her up on hands and knees. So awesome to hear her giggle! Love videos!

Kirstie said...

I'm loving the smiles and giggles, also love the way she stopped seal creeping just to check out her hands and fingers!

What a delightful, amazing two weeks Arina and all of you have had! Thanks for sharing these precious moments xx

Meghann said...

This is awesome! She's so strong! I love the rocking, darling. Porter was just a gabbering away to her when I played the videos.

Melissa M said...

She is so beautiful!! I hope we get to meet you in a few weeks!

Anonymous said...

Arina is gorgeous! You are so blessed!
My heart break for that little girl in the crib and her grandfather, he must love her so much..

Angi said...

I think about you guys ALL the time, I am so happy you found Arina And she found her family!! I wish I could do the same....maybe ...someday...

suelmayer said...

Oh Lacey...she is beautiful and perfect and she as lucky to be a little sister to Jaxson as he is to be a big brother to her. God bless your family!!

Shelly Turpin said...

Wow - she is progressing so quickly. She is absolutely amazing!