Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Friday, December 3, 2010

Special Visitors

When we were in Ukraine we got to meet a missionary who is also a friend of my parents.  I wrote about it here

He is currently back in the States for his furlough and wouldn't you know, we had a chance to meet up with him while we were in PA.

Here is a picture of Nadia and Ken Sears on her 'Gotcha Day'.  We were leaving that evening for the train ride back to Kiev but we had just enough time for Ken to stop by the hotel in Zaporozhye and meet the newest Ferguson.

Five months later, Ken gets to see how much Nadia has blossomed.

What Ken remembers most about Nadia in his brief visit in the hotel room was her fascination with the air blowing from the air conditioner. (If you don't remember, Ukraine was experiencing it's worst heat wave in over 80yrs. while we were there, so she was LOVING the cool air after the hot stuffy air at the orphanage.) 

Now she's all about fun and games with her good buddy Ken. :)

We had a great time catching up with Ken and marvelling again at this very unique connection God gave our family.  Ken will be heading back to Ukraine in early January, so if you think of it, please pray for the ministry he is providing in a country that is steeped in religious tradition instead of experiencing a life-giving relationship with a living Lord.

One final hug good-bye.

This next special visitor is one of my dearest friends, Sue Cotton. She just happened to move to the West Coast shortly after we arrived home with Nadia, so she's only 'seen' Nadia in blog pictures. Sue is the adoptive mom of 5 kiddos so our journey to Nadia held a special place in her heart.

She flew into Raleigh for a weekend with family and ME, and of course to meet Nadia. They shared lots of hugs and giggles as we caught up over hot mugs of tea.
Tomorrow I get to spend most of the day with Sue as we celebrate our birthdays and our friendship...just the Moms!  I can hardly wait!!!


  1. It's your Birthday tomorrow?????

    Happy Birthday!

    ok, I'll sing to you...

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Kristin, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

  2. Oh my goodness....birthday???? When?

    Sweet memories. I cannot believe the change in Miss Nadia from her first visit with Ken. Amazing. So glad you spent precious moments with dear friends.

    Have a stunning day, beautiful friend.

  3. Sue and Nadia are completely color coordinated! You guys planned that for the sake of a great photo, right? Have fun today!

  4. Happy Birthday Kristin! When is your big day...and how old are you again. I do know you are a bit older than me :-)

    Have fun!

  5. Big day is the 8th and I'll be 47yrs. old so I'm quite sure I'm older than all of you! :)

  6. Happy almost birthday! Oh, I want to look like you when I'm 47! (I'm not too far behind you and you are aging much better.)

    So glad you had a fun weekend with special friends.

    Much Love,

  7. Wonderful photos, especially the new one at the top! Sweet sisters. God bless you as you celebrate another year of blessings on your birthday.

  8. Happy Birthday to you! What wonderful gifts you have been given! Love the header pic of Josi and Nadia and your Christmas-y border. :) xo