Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Family search

I have been wanting to write a bit about our experience with doing a birth search for our little Russians.I really had no intention of doing a search when we first started our adoption .It was not until shortly after they were home something told me it would someday make a difference for our children.I also wished to tell their relatives back in Russia that they were loved and treasured. We were fortunate to learn of a wonderful man through another family that adopted from Vlad who did family searches in and around the region of Vladivostok. We did not know if we would learn much since our info was some what sketchy.I can not express how much joy it brought to open up a video of our daughters birth mother and not only see an incredible resemblance to our daughter but, have her speak of her little daughter.Absolutely pricless beyond words ! Then a few days later we also received a video of our son when he was a baby. Such precious treasures that are just priceless.We feel really blessed to have received so much info and for our searcher Illich to be so diligent in his work for families. I am so glad we did it !

Reminder Day

18 years ago today we lived in Northridge California.We lived just a mile away from the epicenter of the Northridge Quake when it hit. It was just after 4 in the morning the the earth's furry showed its power.There really is not anything like being literally thrown out of bed with the loud frightening noise of the earth moving and shaking underneath you as well as hearing gas explosions very close near by.As our minds quickly grasped that this was not just a little shaker our minds raced to get to our babies and get out but, when the shaking is so hard it prevents you from getting anywhere fast and you realize just how vulnerable we all are.When we got out it soon became apparent our home was no longer livable as many were around our neighborhood.It was red tagged and our family was forced to move.Our family eventually resettled in a new home not far away but, the reminder of that day makes us always remember to be prepared both temporally and spiritually for things we may not expect.