Most of us look forward to the Spring to enjoy the sweetness and beauty of the blossoms on plants and trees. However, after spending a day in the park with 3 Ukrainian trans'plants' (ok, just work with me here), I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Fall can also be a time of experiencing amazing growth and blossoming!
My friend Lisa and I made the trek up to Virginia to meet Adeye and her crew halfway between our two homes. This is the 2nd time we've done this (you can read about the first visit here: http://seeingtheupsideofdown.blogspot.com/2010/07/im-first.html ) and I'm sure it won't be our last!
This picture was taken in June when we were only home a week from Ukraine. We were travelling back to NC from PA and we stopped in VA to visit with the Salems.
Our three little Ukrainian beauties looked a little pale and had a bit of that "deer-in-the-headlights" look about them. Can you blame them? They had just been so recently taken from everything they knew (one for almost 5yrs. of her life).
Nadia and Harper playing side by side for the first time. They weren't quite sure what to do with each other at this point.
Four months later and I believe I see the beginnings of a friendship blossoming!
Josi is always the first one to get down and interact with the littlest ones. She took to Harper and Hailee right away on that meeting in late June.
Four months later and it's Harper who is seeking out Josi for some interaction time! (Either that or Josi's got some food that Harper wants...this girl can EAT!)
This little one had the roughest beginnings of the 3 and still has quite a road ahead of her. But as I reflected back on this picture from 4 months ago when Hailee had to keep a hat on to keep from scratching her ears raw...
...as compared to the other day when her beautiful flaxen hair is no longer hidden from view, I have no choice but to praise her Maker and the plan He had for her in placing her in the Salem family! What a doll she is! Ahhh...such a sweet fragrance that surrounds God's miracles!
We spent lots of time loving on the little girls and showing them how valued they are.
Lisa gets in some snuggle time with Hailee because we all know that these little plants need lots of love to help them grow!
Nadia gets to share Adeye's lap with Harper...
...much to Harper's chagrin. She was ready to get her Mommy's lap back to herself!
I would definitely say that even though our girls were brought home in late Spring and early Summer, their time of blossoming is more evident now more than ever...in the best season of all...FALL!!!