Mia's Homecoming Video

At last I see the light

One Less Orphan: Mia's gotcha day

Friday, June 3, 2011

Surviving...




"Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant."
— Maya Angelou
This little one has been surviving for 4 years

Now it is her time to thrive















And she will do it ever so elegantly

Life now has a little bit more meaning to this one little girl


She knows that we come and play with her each day
She waits eagerly by the door
THIS is the AMAZING reaction we get from her every time we enter the room for our visits....you can hear her squealing all the way across the room as she comes RUNNING





Kris thought the one lady was giving him "the eye" about the video camera so he turned it off a little quick.

She knows that we shower her with kisses

and she DEFINITELY knows that we bring her treats

As we took her back to her groupa and she once again got upset that we were leaving, and motioned for us to sit down on the couch, we realized that she doesn't know any different than these walls. This is her "home" and now she just wants us to be a part of it. She is fine to go back into her groupa, as long as we come with her.

She wants us to be a part of her life and this is the only life she knows.


She has no idea that in one week we will be breaking her out of these walls forever and she will see the world!


In our 28 short visits with her so far
She has blossomed
She has studied new things


She has laughed
She has smiled


She has made a new friend (this little boy is being adopted by a couple from Italy and since they speak some english we get to talk to eachother as we walk around the grounds each day)

She is walking better and better each day, because she is given opportunity
She is starting to sparkle like she was meant to do
She is exploring EVERYTHING around her


She can't contain her curiosity-as evidenced by her skinned knees as she tries to run faster than her body will go





She is not merely surviving anymore
She is starting to thrive
and she is doing it ever so elegantly

Little does she know

This is just the beginning!

She is going to do much more than survive in this world, she is going to thrive.

40 comments:

  1. made me cry! what a true blessing!

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  2. I love it, every bit. Thrive, Mia, reach, stretch, grasp, soar...you are beautiful and you are so very loved!

    Love wins,
    Renee Tam

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  3. That welcome she gave you brought tears to my eyes!!! Praise God she has bonded with you so well!!!

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  4. Everyone of your posts just bring me to tears! What you are doing is so inspiring and so beautiful!!!

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  5. Tears here as well. LOVE this post. You will be richly blessed in your new, eternal family, Mia! :)

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  6. Oh, happy tears!! That video is AWESOME :)

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes, especially the video. What you guys are doing is amazing!!

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  8. How touching! It is so cute to see how much she loves and adores you guys! She is so cute! I LOVE that you guys get to spend time a lone with just her. What a blessing to have the support that you do at home so you can create this beautiful bond with her! I'm loving all the smiley, happy, kissy pics. So endearing!

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  9. So many smiles from that little girl! One more week . . .

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  10. I love your posts! I love the pictures of you and her; Kris and her and all three of you together. It was so much fun to hear her excitement when she saw you guys. It is so amazing to see the love you both have for her. I know I have said it before, but thank you for sharing your journey!! Someday I hope to meet you all in person.

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  11. I'm telling you Kecia, this is better than any reality show I could ever watch on TV. Reading your blog brings me so much joy everyday. It helps lift my spirits when I am looking at all the other little faces that are being left behind to know that you are "saving the one"? If only more people would step forward for the "one" there would be no one else left just surviving.

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  12. Oh that video is priceless. The open arms hugging her mommy. Love love love it.

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  13. I love the video, what a precious gift for you guys to enjoy everyday!!

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  14. oh my gosh! that video has me balling...i have been reading and reading and I am so loving your journey! thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. She is SO cute and that video is priceless. Can you imagine how fun it will be when she meets her sisters? It's something I am sure she can't even comprehend...the love, play time and fun she will have! So excited for you to get her home for good!

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  16. Thank-you for that wonderful, healing moment! Love you all so much! xoxoxo

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  17. She is already changing so much. Starting to glow on the inside. She is realizing how truly special and important she is!!

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  18. Stop making me cry! This was a beautiful post!! I can't get enough of you guys. :)

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  19. Can't get enough of this video. I LOVE it. The pictures of you and her together are so cute. Love you. Loved talking to you today. XOXO

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  20. Can't get enough of you and your amazing family.

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  21. Love, Love, love the video! She is so sweet!

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  22. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy reading your post everyday with my kids. She is truly thriving, can't wait to see her thrive outside those walls. We love the video. She is adorable.

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  23. OMG! love the video!! usually we dont get to see too many videos from the kids who are being adopted. i love videos because you can see the JOY the happiness! :D makes it more real

    she's a doll!!!!

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  24. This post made me cry....I think it was the video....I don't know....I am just so happy for you guys...for Mia...for your family. She is beautiful and I am so excited for all you to be together soon. I can't wait for her to see the world.

    Jennifer

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  25. I'm so happy for all of you! She is doing so well and before long will be "thriving" at home. :)

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  26. Beautiful! And she has the sweetest little squeal I have ever heard! Bless her little heart!:)

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  27. YOU MADE ME CRY! that video is now on repeat! That was just the most wonderful thing to watch ever! thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for sharing yourselves with us. we are so blessed. mia is so beautiful as are you, i think you will all thrive very well together. much love xxxxxxxx

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  28. This is what true joy looks like! Thanks for sharing :)

    Meredith

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  29. Kecia,
    I have so loved watching the progress of this adoption. Thanks so much for sharing your time in Ukraine with this darling little girl. She is so adorable and will fit into your family of adorable girls as though she was born to you. She is so blessed and so are you.
    --- Margaret Davis (cousin)

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  30. Just awesome! I had prayed for her over on Patty's blog & it brings my heart so much joy to know that she is so loved & even better - she knows she is loved! God bless your sweet sweet family!!

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  31. no words..just happy tears..she is gorgeous : ) God bless you and thank you for saving her !!

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  32. I have never cried so much reading a blog, what a beautiful family!

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  33. Kecia, That video is awe inspiring.....what a testament to you & your husband.
    She has changed so much from your very first visit, I can see it in her eyes, it truly is a miracle & you are performing it, together

    xoxo.cathy

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  34. How wonderful! I have two adopted kids and it's the most amazing feeling in the world.

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  35. oh my....i have watched the video SEVERAL times and cry everytime! miss mia running to you so excited ...and the little squealing, you have made my heart so happy this morning :) thank you so much for sharing....and look forward to more videos ;)

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  36. Loving watching her blossom! She is such a cutie and I'm so happy for your family.

    Blessings,
    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reeces Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry
    www.reecesrainbow.org

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  37. i'm just going to repeat what everyone said already, but it is SO true- I could watch that video over and over and over again. And I do! We are in love with her. I always think I'm done crying coming here to read, but every post gets me. LOVE this journey.

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  38. Kecia, so amazing! There are some pictures of you and Mia in this post that are breath taking. SO beautiful! Thank you thank you! It's so wonderful to get to share in this journey and get to know Mia. She is so easy to love!

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  39. Just had to say we just watched the video again and again and again. I'm trying to get Jordan to sleep and he keeps saying and signing more when the video ends. Mia's excitement is infectious.

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  40. Seriously...could Mia be any cuter?? That video totally brought tears to my eyes! What a sweet little girl who loves her parents more than anything! I love it!!

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