Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blossoms in the Fall

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!!!


  1. Beautiful! Such blessings, each and every one of them. It will be amazing to see them in a few more months.

  2. Such sweet pictures! Wish I could have been there :)

    I just can't get over how much they have all changed and blossomed! It's amazing!!

    I think its' really neat how you guys meet up.

  3. What extraordinary miracles you are seeing right before your eyes.

    They are all so precious and beautiful.

    Hugs to your family!!

  4. how sweet! Brought tears to my eyes. great, great post...those little beauties are truly blossoming!

  5. I follow both yours and Adeye's blog and I really love watching how your girls have tranformed. What really struck me seeing you all together is how much Nadia and Harper and Hailee LOOK like their families. You Moms could have given birth to your girls. To me it's just a small sign of God's hand in bringing you all together.

  6. What gorgeous little girls! Fall is definitely their season to blossom! :)

    I'm hoping to do a Wordless Wednesday post for 31 for 21 this week, and since I don't have anyone close in my life with Ds I was thinking of making up a post with pictures of gorgeous kids from blogs I'd made. I wondered if you'd allow me to include Josi and Nadia in that post? I'd love to have their beautiful faces on my blog if you'd be ok with that.

  7. And since I'm incapable of proofreading, the above comment was meant to say blogs I'd read, not made...lol

  8. Beautiful Blossoms!!! Thanks so much for allowing us to go on this journey with you!! The lives you are touching with your testimonies!!! Love it!! :)

  9. It is so amazing to see how much they have all grown in such a short time. What beautiful, beautiful girls. Great post - I've got tears in my eyes. I can't wait to join you for the next trip. Milana is going to LOVE all of her new friends :)

  10. Amazing what a family can do for a child's well being! I guess that is why God's plan is for all children to have a family of their own. Enjoyed the day!

  11. Okay...that looks like so much fun! Good for you guys! They are all so darn cute...just beautiful!

    Nicely done mommies!

  12. Oh, they are so precious! Thanks for sharing the pics.

  13. Your autumn blossoms are breath-taking!!! What a joy to witness the miracle of what God has done in the lives of these three precious girls and their amazing families.

    Much Love,

  14. Such beautiful little loves, and you guys are an exceptional group of moms! Wish we lived closer.

  15. Aww cute pics! wow they really did grow from the last time i saw them! Glad yall had fun!

  16. Oh my friend...those pics are just toooo beautiful for words. How BLESSED are we?????? Wow!

    So amazing.