Wednesday, May 23, 2012

One Week Free!

One week ago I busted Katie out of the orphanage and held her sweet, smooth little hand as I walked her out the door to a new life.

Katie on Gotcha Day, 7 days ago.
She has changed so, so much in just seven days!

Katie, yesterday.

She's flown 6,000 miles on an airplane, slept and ate like a champ, learned that she loves (and I mean LOVES) to take a bath, gone swimming, jumped on a trampoline, learned two signs (and uses them spontaneously and appropriately), said "mama" and "papa" more than once, and is learning to love our dogs.  

She's had tea parties with Jack.

And played dress up with Henry.

She's learned that she LOVES to have a playroom with toys at her disposal.

She's learned that down the slide is easier than up.

And she's learned that the rocking toys at the park are pretty fun.

She's learned that the biggest slides are the fastest.

And I've learned she's definitely not afraid of fast.

She's learned that having brothers to play with is pretty fun.

Most of the time.

She's learned that she loves to swing.

And she's learned that she really, really likes ice cream.

And she doesn't like when it's gone. . . 

She has stopped rocking herself to sleep at night and instead wants to cuddle with her mama.

She's learned that her daddy is great for a cuddle too.

The change we've seen in this tiny firecracker in just a week is astounding.  I can't wait to see what next week will bring!


  1. This is just the best!! Ever!! Love!

  2. How old is Katie? I also have "fallen in love" with a little girl on RR. She is 5 and already in an institution in Russia. How is Katie doing with communicating?

  3. Love her! She is fabulous. So thankful she is just fitting in perfectly! But, we knew she would ;)

  4. Kim, Your posts seriously make my day. I so wished I lived closer so I could spy and watch face to face how your family has changed her life. You are truly an inspiration. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. Lots of love for you and Little Miss from Florida!!! And hey - if - more like when you guys venture down here to see the big mouse we must meet up!!!!

  5. I'm wiping tears from my eyes and grinning like a cat at the beautiful picts of your new daughter!!! THIS is what it's all about!!!!! Congrats to you all!!

  6. wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. I love this!! It gives me such hope. She is beautiful.

  8. REJOICING, REJOICING, REJOICING! Welcome home, Katie! Your life just turned RIGHT side up! Love all the pictures! Love seeing all those beautiful smiles. God bless your dear family.

  9. Love you story! She is a doll!! Can't wait to read about her adventures.

  10. She is so beautiful! [: This is fabulous. So glad she has you to be her forever family![:

  11. so amazing... as if she has belonged with you all along. praise the Lord!

  12. Wait a minute....are they climbing on a giant lobster at the park?!?!? One more reason I might have to move there....


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