Saturday, June 25, 2011

Meeting Vitaly!!

Mary says...

This morning we visited with Alina and played with some of the kids from her group. It's nice to play with them, they love the attention and kind words and hugs from grown ups.
Our friend Ray with his little boy and two girls from the group.

Alina swinging high and loving it!

Two little sweeties in Alina's group.

Then we rode the buses, had lunch and went to our interview (this was the same interview we wrote about two weeks ago where you have to get a positive result before going to court, they wanted to ask us why we want Vitaly), was handed our positive result paper, handed it over to people that will get it to the right office, and then set off for the hospital. 

Our translator took us to the hospital where we showed our pass, from the orphanage director-YAY, to visit Vitaly. There is a nanny from the orphanage that stays with him, so we met her first. We recognized her immediately and she was surprised to see us. She asked how Alina was doing. Our fabulous translator "A" explained that we are going to be Vitaly's parents too. Then we walked into his room where he was in his greenish metal crib. He started laughing and was surprised to see us too. Tom picked him up and "A" told him that we are his Mama and Papa. He flung himself backward and was being silly for about ten minutes. The nanny said he was excited. Then he calmed down and even called us Mama and Papa and gave us many smiles. I think he likes us. :) 

We only stayed for about 20 minutes. We will start going back every day for two hours tomorrow. He didn't like it when it was time for us to go. He started crying for Mama and Papa and didn't want to go back into the crib. I don't blame him. It's not like a children's hospital ward back home. Not that hospital wards are all that nice, but I've seen some that are kid friendly. His room is not. It has his crib and five twin size metal beds lining the walls. There is no air conditioning, but the windows open.  Okay, enough talking. I get it.

We have court on 4 July! Alina and Vitaly will become the children of Americans (and orphans no more) on Independence Day! How cool is that!
Without further ado....Vitaly

Vitaly's hospital bed.
Happy Papa and Tolly!

"Papa, Mama? Great, when do we leave?"

Papa, Mama & Tolly

"Let me get my things and I'm ready to leave." :)

Hospital hair, what are you gonna do.
Look Ethan, another member of the boys club!

He likes to be thrown up in the air too, who knew. He kept asking for more. :)

"I have how many sisters AND a big brother? Alright!!"


  1. Oh, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! That just made our day. Wish we could have been a fly on the wall. SOOOOO happy for all of you.

  2. Oh how excited I am for Vitaly to have his momma and papa with him!!! Thank you, Jesus, for his family!!

  3. praise the Lord! what a beautiful little boy :-)

  4. woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!1
    I am SO SO happy for all of you!!!!
    what an amazing date for court!!
    how true is that!!!

  5. LOVE YOU!!!! Im so excited to see him finally and see all that God is doing for your family to get these babies home!!!

  6. Oh, I am SO HAPPY!! It's been a rough week for me and I needed to cry some HAPPY tears! Here they are! He is so precious! I am so thankful you're getting him out of there and making him a part of your family. Looks like he's bringing much joy already! I will be praying that the rest of your process is smooth and QUICK so you can get your new kiddos home where they belong!

  7. I can't tell you how happy I am for you all. We have been following the story of Vitaly and praying for you before we even knew who you were. But God knew. Thank you for sharing your blog so we can personally tell you how much we love your sweet boy!

  8. Iam so glad you opened up your blog..i have been praying for over a year that someone would adopt alina.I have prayed and prayed then one day i saw she had a family and emailed some friends on reeces to see if they could link me to the blog..but everyone said they didnt know..then today i was linked from another blog i read and my prayers have come true..Thank you for adopting these sweet babies and thank you god for hearing my prayers..bless you all xoxooxoxoxoxo

  9. I just saw the news on Julia's blog. I'm so happy for "Jonah" and for you! Wonderful to see the joy on his face (and yours)!

  10. So excited for the kids and your family! Been praying for "Jonah" since Julia showcased him a while ago. He looks so happy!!! (PS - I heard recently that there's some custom to take a gift to the head doctor if your child is in the hospital. Might ask your facilitator/translator about it.)

    Will be praying you all home!

  11. Just followed Julia's blog over here. Thank you so much for sharing! We have been praying for many months for Jonah to get a family. You are an answer to our prayers. Looking forward to following your journey. Love the pictures!

  12. Congratulations! I've been praying for you and Vitaly for a long time too - I just didn't know your names. So happy for him and you!!! You will continue to be in our prayers as you bring your precious children home.

  13. Oh what a beautiful day for little Vitaly and for your family! I am very much looking forward to following along with your journey and knowing how to pray for your family specifically! Thank you for sharing!!

  14. I was just referred to your site today from Julia's Blog. So glad you are adopting Vitaly! I've followed along as Julia was recruiting donations & prayers -- God has certainly answered them! I'm so glad Vitaly doesn't have to become a "lost boy" in a mental institute! God works in amazing and wonderful ways. Thanks for letting him use you as an answer to many prayers!

  15. Julia at Micah Six Eight directed me here. Thanks so much for sharing your blog. I have been praying for many weeks that Jonah/Vitaly's family would find him soon. So happy for your family. Will be praying you home!

    -Beth in Atlanta

  16. I am another reader from Micah Six Eight ... so happy to see you have found Vitaly. What a beautiful little boy! I have been praying for him and now will add you to my prayers as you bring him to his new home and family. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Trina in Minnesota

  17. I'm another Julia blog referral, and I too have often thought about your son, and am so happy to hear about the good news! Thank you for the great blog, congrats all around!

  18. I am so excited that Jonah has a family! Congratulations!!!


  19. How exciting! We've been following Jonah for a while now and helped with his grant via RR. So very happy for your whole family :) God is SO good!

  20. Visiting from Julia's blog... we have been following Jonah's story for quite some time. What joy we feel that you all have found each other. God bless.