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Wednesday, May 2, 2007


I love this picture. Somehow it just seems to wrap it all up for me.
It's a picture of our oldest son, Q-ball when he was just four years old.
Q, Meshak and I were walking down a path behind our apartment in Syktyvkar, Russia. He was a few steps ahead of us and would look back every so often to make sure we were still there, and then turn around and stroll on.
I am amazed every time I look at this picture. I reminds me of just how far he has come since his time in the orphanage. He was a little boy who had been around the world and back. Just three years before, we had brought him home from the southern part of Russia. He spent the next three years growing, learning, loving, trusting and flourishing. When we returned to Russia three years later, we were on our way to meet his new brother and sister. And he confidently walked on the soil of his motherland.

10 salty messages:

Kathy and Joel,  May 2, 2007 at 4:50 PM  

What a great picture and what an incredible journey you all have been on. Thanks for sharing. :)

Leslie May 2, 2007 at 8:18 PM  

Beautiful picture and beautiful shot.

Leslie May 2, 2007 at 8:19 PM  

beautiful THOUGHT

LOL

annmarie,  May 2, 2007 at 9:31 PM  

Am I wrong, or does it seem like he's actually strutting along the path...possibly whistling?

Tami May 2, 2007 at 10:42 PM  

Definitely strutting...and I think he would have been whistling if he would have known how. As it was the only way he could whistle at the time was 'whiiiit woooooo!' His dad taught him that! ;-)

kate May 3, 2007 at 10:12 AM  

Is this the pic you mentioned on my blog? It's gorgeous.

(We whit-woo'd for a long time growing up!)

Tami May 3, 2007 at 4:43 PM  

Thanks! Yep, it's the same one.

adoptedthree May 4, 2007 at 8:21 AM  

I love your picture and the story.

Priceless

Missy May 4, 2007 at 8:38 PM  

Hope things are still moving forward for you guys! Wonderful story and pic of your biggest little one!

Suz May 9, 2007 at 12:37 PM  

I know how moving it feels to see your child back "home" but so completely, comforatable YOURS!

We took D back to her hometown to meet V and it was a wonderful experience.

This is a great picture, you should enlarge and frame it!

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