When Katya is happy, we all feel happy!
At the botanical garden, Katya was so happy to see the flowers!
And smelling them was even better!
And then she wanted to walk around and smell the leaves too!
Time to chill out for a bit . . .
And then while they were standing there watching the trains . . . Kristina heard people speaking Russian!
And lo and behold, here were two ladies from Russia, and one from Ukraine at the gardens with their children!
Lo and behold . . . when Paul began talking to them . . . it turns out that the one young lady had been reading Katya's blog over the time we were adopting Katya. She burst into tears, and hugged Paul with great emotion when she realized she had just met Katya in person!
With their permission, Charity took some photos to post on the blog.
The lady on the left of the photo is the one who had been reading Katya's blog and was so happy to meet her in person. The middle lady was also from Russia, and the lady on the far right was from Ukraine. Katya seemed quite skeptical especially of her--we are guessing that it was because she looked a fair bit like some of the caretakers in her orphanage looked.
When something like this happens, you definitely realize that your child's story can have a far broader reach than you realized . . . and we felt that we were seeing God's hand in how our path crossed with theirs!
The next thing Paul knew, the ladies told him that he was to take the kiddos to the cafeteria because they were paying for lunch! WOW! What a sweet gesture!
Katya chose a big salad, and ate it with gusto!
My family parted ways with our new friends after exchanging contact info. I think we will be having more to do with them in the future! Looking forward to it!
Katya enjoyed the gardens. And in an clear step of forward progress, she actually was calm and happy about the Koi fish! She watched them a long time, pointing and evidently counting them, the way she was acting. Charity explained to her that they were like our gold fish at home--just bigger.
Katya used to be horridly upset about even fish. To have her calm and happy about them was so nice!
And the blessings went on the rest of the day . . . but I will need to continue the blog post another day. Now my little gal wants her Mommy to rock her before tucking her into bed, and yes, that is a very important nightly ritual!