This is what it is like to say goodbye to your entire life. Their faces say it all. Many came out to say goodbye to Reni and Logan. Was touching to say the least. Glad I was there or I would have been mush.
Yana's group of girls. Notice how some try to look older than they are? These were her "sisters" before we took her out. They form a bond in their group, don't think that they don't. When older kids get home, they genuinely have to grieve that loss.
Yana's referral picture. Their hair is always cut short in orphanages. All my kids' referral pictures it was hard to know who was a girl and who was a boy.
The only picture we have of Yana's biological sister. The orphanage director said she was bad and refused to let us inquire about her and wrote her off. That hurts when you know they exist and can't do a thing about it. This region was highly corrupt. Even Russians from this region that we met here in the states say the same exact thing. You wonder for years how can they do that. One day, hoping to afford a sibling search.
This pick up was literally a snatch and grab. These were the only pictures we had as we weren't supposed to be in the orphanage. Let's just say it's a very long story and involves corruption and someone wanting more money from us. I'll tell you all more of that story one point in the future since it happened so, so many years ago. Yes, that type of thing does go on. We experienced it firsthand.
Alex is the second from the right. Blue shirt, red shorts. The