I mean truly, madly deeply in love.
It is like we have known D forever, and she feels the same way. She fits in our family like a missing puzzle piece, and we so want her to be part of our family forever. However, it remains to be seen if that is God's plan. Through Anya I have learned to trust more, and I am trusting that D will end up where she is meant to be -- even if, in the end, it's not with us.
Today I was wakened at 3:50am. 'Mama! Dobre Utre!' she squealed about an inch from my face.
Well, it wasn't actually morning, but I couldnt convince her of that. She was ready for the day ahead! Try as I might to get her to sleep a bit more, it was not to be, and so we walked the dogs, and played on the trampoline....and when light finally arrived, we went to the beach and built sandcastles, ran in the waves. Later we played on the swings, and wrote letters and words in the sand. She surprised me by knowing how to write her name in cursive! No small feat in Russian! She wrote MAMA DASHA NASTIA HOME in the sand (in Russian) and spelled each word correctly. THis sweetheart is so wanting a family, and I can only pray it might be with us. I've heard conflictiung things about Ukraine adoption - singles cannot adopt; singles can adopt in certain circumstances. Just need to wait and hear what the truth is.
At the beach, she begged me to go on the tunnel slide with her, and when I almost got stuck, she laughed and laughed until she fell into a coughing fit.
Once we drove home, it was back to the trampoline and then breakfast. I was doing my best to keep her from Nastia so at least one of us would have a good night's sleep. I managed to keep busy until 10am, but then we needed to get ready for church. we headed out the door early, and I was excited to introduce her to everyonebefore the service so she would be more comfortable. but, lo and behold, the summer hours for church started this week, but they hadn't posted it on the website. We were late! So we stayed to talk to Jack W and met a nice fellow homeschooling family, too.
There is so much more to write about what we did and the absolutely adorable things she said, but I am still running on a handful of hours sleep and need to crash. I'll leave you with photos of the end of our night...a walk to the pond at dusk, where Nast & D fed and watched the ducks and turtles. It was a magical night.