‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Friday, March 09, 2012

Blessed Beyond Measure

Meeting my daughter for the first time.

Seven years ago today, I walked into Orphanage #5 in Prokopyevsk, Russia and met my daughter for the first time. I still don't know how I deserved such a gift. I don't know why God chose to bless me with such a soulful, loving and beautiful daughter, but He did.

I can't put into words for you what my sweet girl means to me, so I'll just leave you with a song - our song. She sang it to me last night again, as she does for every 'anniversary', holding my face in her hands.

Yes, I truly am the luckiest.


  1. Lifebooks5:36 PM

    I am in tears. Good tears. What a perfect song to represent what you are to each other. The luckiest, indeed...

  2. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Beautiful! You both are really, really lucky, yes! :)

  3. Happy Anniversary!!!! So proud of both of you. I remember long ago when we used to talk on the FRUA site. :)

  4. Heart4Russia9:54 AM

    Beautiful! Happy Anniversary to your beautiful family!

  5. Do you think Nastia would like to do a guest post????? :)

    1. Hi Christie! I asked her and she said no:((( But don't feel bad. I've been asking her to write something for my blog for four years! Writing is her least favorite thing in the world, next to doctor visits. And asking her to discuss herself or her life is tantamount to torture, so...

      It'll be a peaceful day in the Middle East before she ever writes for either of us!

  6. Keri, I check your blog only occasionally, & catch up on a bunch of your posts all at one time....
    but you are often in my thoughts and prayers.
    Thank you , thank you, for your honesty and willingness to bare your soul and share the type of thoughts that many of us have, but we aren't brave enough to say 'out loud'. Your situation is very different from what I'm living; nevertheless, there are many of your heartfelt thoughts that seem to express exactly what I often feel. It really is a blessing and an encouragement to me, and I'm sure to countless others. (thinking of posts on Feb 24 & 25...) I plan to share these posts of yours with a few who are close to me; I know they, too, will find them refreshing and appreciate your putting these things into words.
    About today's post: what a beautiful song! And what a beautiful daughter Nastia, to sing that to her mother...<3
    You, and Nastia, and Anya, and David, and the kids at the orphanage and now on their own... are often in my thoughts & prayers.
    -Carolyn (Gordon grad '89)

  7. Anonymous8:49 PM

    Oooh I second "Mike and Christies" comment! But anways, I am leaving this comment to tell you something! I left you a message on facebook, only to remember that you were having trouble receiving them... So I come on here to let you know :) . My Fb messaage what just a question regarding Giardia... I knew you had it, and was wondering if you could explain the symptoms.

  8. Alysa, sorry I never got your FB message! As for giardia, you'd better look it up. It's far too gross for me to write about!!!


What do you have to say? Leave a comment!