Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sasha. Reese. And Life.

Tonight we met up with Sasha's family for dinner and play time. It was so great to see them and to see how well Sasha is doing. I still love the fact that Nika and Sasha will continue to be able to grow up together* ... pretty amazing, huh?

Is it just me, or do they look so much older than they did just a couple months ago?
Haha ... this snap cracks me up ...
I think I remember you ...
Payton has the two of them in a headlock ... Comply or answer to Ms. Thang!
The kiddos {clockwise} ... Mason, Bongy {Sasha's older sister who was also adopted from Russia when she was an infant}, Nika, Payton and Sasha ... so cute!
*For those of you that are confused ... haha ... Nika and Sasha were in the same grouppa in their baby home in Russia. In grouppa terms, they essentially were part of each other's family unit ... so does that make them pseudo siblings? Sure, why not?!


I want to update you on baby Reese ... she is free! DJ returned to Eastern Europe {McKenna stayed home} a few days ago to finalize Reese's adoption and today was Gotcha Day. Here is DJ's account of the moment that he left the baby home forever with Reese ...

The walk from the building to the outside gate is about 50-75 yards and is a small brick path lined with light poles. Visually it was very surreal to walk down the path holding this little child and watching as the exit gate got larger and larger. I almost expected to hear background music playing. Best of all, Reese, unsolicited, actually started to smile and laugh as we were making our march to the door.

Sob sob ... I'm such a sucker for this kind of stuff. I am beyond thrilled for DJ, McKenna and Reese ... such a lucky, lucky little girl! And I can't wait to meet her!


I saw this quote on another blog the other day and I thought it summed up my life pretty good ...

"God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die."


  1. I think they have been eating really well!

    Yay for baby Reese!!!!!

  2. Love the pics! I have been following the private blog they had set up and was so excited today when I seen that reese was given freedom!

  3. So glad you are back and feeling better also glad to see some pictures of the kiddos.
    Nika does look like she has grown, quite a bit too. And as for Sasha...well, what a beatiful and blessed child, that family is going to just eat that cutie pie up.Thanks for the updates. Oh and yes, I think that would make them pseudo sibs lol. (I think I touched all subjects you posted :) )

  4. Nothing makes me cry like Reeces Rainbow stuff!!! Seriously. I'm a sucker too.

  5. such a happy and joyful posting!!! everyone looks SO HAPPY :)
    by the way - that quote is dead on!!! I think I will be living forever right along with you :)

  6. Wonderful pics of all the kids. Looks like they all love each other so much!

    I absolutely love the quote.

  7. I love to hear the internatonal adoption stories - how amazing!

    Nika is soooo cute!!

    Thanks for your comment on my "stares" post. You are so right - that is exactly what people need to see!

  8. I think that is SO cool that they will continue to grow up and see each other! What special bond they hold! And YAY for McKenna and her family! I got tears in my eyes reading his words! SO awesome!!