Sunday, July 11, 2010

From a caterpillar to a butterfly.... [warning- picture overload!]

Yana is changing before our eyes. Did the workers at her orphanage ever get to see the real Yana? 7 years waiting to let her light shine... my heart just breaks for the little baby that was never cuddled, then that little toddler who was never comforted, and then that little girl that never happened and no one cared.

Somewhere around 1-2 years my little Yana stopped developing and growing. She stayed a baby/toddler waiting for her chance to spread her wings and let her butterfly spring forth!

It is happening friends. In just over a week as part of a family, it IS happening!

As an example, our little caterpillar, who wouldn't reach for a toy further than 6 inches from her, is now doing climbing!

TAA-DAA!!!! I am so COOL!

And then, she proceeds to overload us with her cuteness and pride in her accomplishment! She was so darned happy!!


  1. TOO precious!:) And so exciting to see!

  2. Watch out, world! You ain't seen nuttin' yet!

  3. A Miracle! Yana is an absolute miracle, what a gift you have been given! It breaks me heart to think of what she has had to endure the first 7 years of her life. Praise God, he called on you to bring her home! I love her, just love her! She's precious!

  4. She's so dang cuuute! & mighty flexable too! lol :D I bet she's gonna just keep on flourishing day by day into the real Yana. Your a great mama!

  5. I am in awe of her. It is mind stopping to think how a love of a family can change a child!! So simple..right???

  6. yippeeeeeee....oh how I can relate!!!!!!! I LOVE how proud she is of herself....priceless.

    And so it begins.........

  7. It's so good to read your updates!! It is amazing to read how well they are happy they are finally home with their forever family. Blessings, Jennifer