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Sunday, March 14, 2010


Some precious new photos have surfaced. One of them I had seen before, but not the other one.
I cropped a few to get more detail. Sarah's fingers on both hands were fused together, and bent down to where she couldn't lift them. The first surgery she ever had, before she came home to us, was on her hands. I remember when our friend Hal Tait, (the guy who provides all the "somebody from the pentagon loves me" shirts) called, I sent him a few pictures of the girls, and he wept with joy that Sarah's hands looked so wonderful. He said, "WOW! She has separated fingers!" Of course, at the time, I didn't know why she had had the surgery. Now I do. :)
These pictures are so precious. Sarah looks just the same, and the one in the back with the ponytails is Erika! :)

Sarah and Erika only spent 11 months together in the orphanage. But it was a bond forged in love and Sarah never forgot Erika for one minute. Erika didn't forget Sarah either!

On March 18 or 9th, we left for Ukraine to bring Erika home. It was a long journey and we KNEW going, that Erika and Sarah belonged together, with Anna.
Here are a couple of pictures of them meeting once again in April, at the Airport in Dallas, after being apart for nearly 2 years.
I remember Sarah saying (in this picture) SHE IS SO BIG! And Erika not understanding what she said, and speaking to Sarah in Russian, and then Sarah saying, "I NEVER talked like that!"
Anna was ready to start playing, and was VERY happy to have another playmate.


mommajeane said...

I love these pictures ... they certainly are very precious... and how they all have changed.

Diana said...

They are treasures! It still makes me sad that they youngest pictures we have of our kids are the ones we took the day we met them.

Anonymous said...

This is just one of the ALL time sweetest stories...EVER! So glad you got these photos of the girls at younger ages!

Unknown said...

What a blessing to have these pictures!

They are real treasures!

Unknown said...

Those are some very precious photos of the girls....

junglemama said...

How precious. Now you have my curiosity peaked. How did you end up with both girls?

Jodie said...

So cute! All of the girlies are cute and precious!

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