"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Friday, November 9, 2012

Oh The Difference . . . Love Can Make!

 
 
The photo above was a photo taken at the time Katya was officially released for adoption in the summer of 2010. By the time we came for her, she looked even worse than the photo above. Starvation and abuse had taken an even bigger toll on her little body. Her hair was sparser and her eye brows and eye lashes were almost gone. She was skeletal, pale, and not in good shape at all.
 
Now, after just a little over a year of love and good food and medical care, behold Katya's 2012 school photo!
 

 
This is a child who knows she is loved.

9 comments:

Milena said...

That is a great photo! I'm so thrilled to see the change being loved and cared for on every possible level of her life has made for Katya! Not that Katya wasn't always cute, but she's so healthy looking, cheeks filled out, a little tan, pretty hair and gorgeous eyes. She's growing into a very beautiful girl! It's actually hard to see that the photos show the same child.
Thank you so much for sharing. I have tears in my eyes.

Grace Shetrompf said...

happytears

Darcy said...

Beautiful.

MoonDog said...

She looks loved too. It shows.

Stacia said...

She looks amazing, full of life and such love her her smile. :)

Cyndi J said...

God is so good !
Bless your heart (s)

Mel said...

She is so beautiful! God is good!

Hope Anne said...

Milena, I totally know what you mean! Love and proper care has allowed Katya's natural God-given beauty to become more clearly obvious. ;-)

Thank you everyone else for your kind and supportive comments! We appreciate all the feedback from our readers, as well as the encouragement and support!!!

Lynn B said...

Just seeing this Hope Anne - can't get over how healthy and vibrant she looks! I am so happy for her sweet lil' heart :)