Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Stavropol Orphanage pics (2)
More orphanage pictures. Boy, it is fun finding some of these for sure. Can't wait to dig through some more albums.
Alex looks beat in this picture. Not sure why. He's on the end at the right, hand by his head.
This is Alex having a snack. Notice the shoes...too small. But, that's how they do things over there. Just a little different. He had those same shoes on months later when he came to us to be hosted. He was a cutie then & still is today.
This is me w/ Alex in the normal "play area." It seems to be the place to take future adoptive parents to play one on one w/ their kids. With our kids though, we had hosted them at our home for a week. We already knew them which is nice. After all those months, Alex still remembered us.
This is Warren & Yana. They had her "quarantined" in a separate building. Yeh right. Does she look sick to you? No. Long story w/ that one that I'll post on here one day. There were no pictures on any of the walls in this building, no lights in the hallways. Very sparse to say the least. She was estatic to be getting out of there!
Friends trying to hold it together before saying goodbye for good. This was the tightest group of girls I had ever experienced. The entire orphanage was in tears when we left w/ Yana. Even the coordinator, translator & driver!
Caretakers giving last tidbits of wisdom & lectures on behavior before they head out the door. do you think Yana was happy?
And within minutes, a family is formed and ready to start anew. We never intend to erase their past. It is part of who they are. Orphanage life is what formed them into who they are today. Well, partially. BTW, that stupid red & white elephant has a story all it's own for another post.
Thanks for letting me share pictures of the past. do consider older child adoption. It is very much worth it. Just look at the faces of these girls & tell me that they don't deserve a family to share things with, love and dream with?