‘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

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Seven Years

Seven years ago tonight at about 10:20pm eastern standard time (9:20am on May 16th in Russia) Nastia and I became mother and daughter, when a Kemerovo judge came back with her verdict. In many ways it seems like yesterday, but watching the videos of that time today made me realize how very far we've come -- a seven year journey to now. Amazing.

I'll try to post the video here. The first is the moment after we left the court room. The other is Nastia talking to my Dad on the phone. My Dad died three weeks later, so it really comforts me to see that he at least heard her voice. Nastia did most of the videotaping, so be prepared for motion sickness..lol.

and this...

and this....where she attempts to teach us to count...

and, of course, this (written a year after she'd been home.)

So grateful for my girl. I don't have much to say lately and haven't posted much, but today warrants a word, a remembrance of that day.

I love you more than words can wield the matter, my girl. You are my greatest joy!


  1. I couldn't see the video because it is private. But CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This is our 7 year anniversary with Sarah! (May 5) :) Erika celebrated 6 years in April....

    1. Fixed it! Sorry! And I didnt know Sarah came home the same time as Nastia...wow! Happy Anniversary!!!

  2. Congratulations, Keri and Nastia!!

  3. Congratulations! Our 7 year court date anniverary is the May 13th; and they day I took her from the orphanage is May 17th. Hard to believe the time has flown so quickly...

  4. Anonymous11:43 PM

    Wow! SEVEN years! She looks so young then, and yet still herself! Congratulations. Praying your others will be home soon!

  5. Beautiful! :) Congratulations!

  6. Anonymous8:54 AM

    That was great. I realized i was smiling through the whole video! You are such a great mom! I am not just saying that either. I would LOVE for my mom to go around and tell people what a great daughter she has! LOL


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