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I like doing lots of different things. I like learning to read and listening to stories. I like learning my numbers. I like drawing. I like playing with Legos, Spiderman and trains. I like music and dancing. I like playing in the snow, especially sledding. I like going to the Library and playing the piano. Sometimes I like sitting by myself, too.
A note from my mom
From the beginning of my journey to adopt, to the time I took my children home with me was almost four years. There were many “ups and downs” that were discouraging to me, however, after having my wonderful, loving and curious boys, I can honestly say it was all worth it!
There is an enthusiasm and love for life evident with Oliver and Ian that has invigorated, not only me, but my entire family. They arrived in the United States without understanding a word of English and in two short months, they understand receptively the majority of what is said to them. Likewise, they are eagerly learning English, building a vocabulary which allows them to communicate well.
Oliver had a smile on his face the first time I saw him that continues to grow larger today. He fell right into the role of serving as a big brother and helps his younger brother, Ian, every chance he gets. Ian might even call it “bossy”!) His teacher reports that he is actively involved in the activities of his classroom and is happy to learn new letters, words and numbers.
Prior to adopting Oliver and Ian, I was concerned about bonding with each of them and feeling like I really was their mother. One of the most amazing parts of this journey is that I feel as if I have always known him since he was born. Of course, that is not the case, but it is illustrative of the power of adopting my boys. Having them in my life is like a dream come true!
This is my adoption story
I entered the orphanage in the Krasnoyarsk (Siberia) region of Russia in December 2008. I was separated from my younger brother, Ian, at this time and placed in an orphanage with other children my age.
In June 2010, I was told by my caretaker that my new mommy was coming to meet me. I was so excited! When I came into meet her, I had a big smile on my face and I gave her a hug. She spoke a different language, but it did not matter. She brought Legos for me to play with, which turned out to be my very favorite play thing. I also was able to play with Playdoh, which I had never used before. I was also able to use a computer. The computer had numbers and letters in both Russian and English. I played with it for a long time and then I had to say good bye to Mommy. I was able to see her two more times before she had to leave. On the last day, she came to visit me at my summer camp. She let me use her camera and I was able to take pictures of my friends. Mommy said that she would come back as soon as she could to get me to take me home. She said that we are going to fly on an airplane and I have never been on an airplane before.
It look a long time for Mommy to come back to get me. When she came to see me in October, I cried when she said goodbye, because I thought I was going to have to wait a long time again. The next day, Mommy brought me a calendar that told me how many days it would be before she came to take me home with her.
On the day that Mommy came to pick me up, I had to take off all of my clothes to leave them at the orphanage and she dressed me in my new clothes. I put on my coat and my new bookbag and went to tell my friends goodbye. I was so happy that I skipped down the hall and waited at the door to leave.
We had to drive in the car for three hours to go pick up my brother. I told Mommy that I remembered I had a brother, but I could not really remember my brother. She said that Ian was very nervous about leaving the orphanage, so when I saw him, I went over to hold his hand. Mommy got him dressed and then we got back in the car and drove to the hotel. I thought the hotel was my new home so I kept calling it “doma”. I found out that it was only the place where we had to stay for a few days. At first I was really sad we were leaving the hotel, but then, Mommy showed me pictures of our real house and I felt better.
It took a long time to get to our home. We had to fly on three different airplanes. We were so tired when we got home, but I was so excited, too. I ran around our new house to see everything and Mommy showed me where my brother and I would sleep. We have our own bedroom!
I started Kindergarten in January and really like meeting new friends. I have already been to three birthday parties and I have an invitation for one more. I get to see my cousins all the time. I had my first birthday celebration when I turned six years old before Christmas. I had a Lego birthday party with my family. I have learned lots of new words in English and Mommy says, I even talk in my sleep in English sometimes, now! I really like books and bring one to bed with me every night. I also like math, science and drawing. I am going to take piano lessons really soon.
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