The Adventure Continues On…
Things are going fine over here.
There are lots of pictures on Instagram, if you aren’t already there. If you don’t have the app you can see my account online here.
Misha is the sweetest little guy ever! Mariana is loving, but sad. She struggles with control. She won’t eat, causes trouble when the other kids are happily playing, refuses to change clothes. I think it’s because she is anxious to control what little things she can in her unpredictable life.
We were able to Skype with Misha and Mariana’s family today. The chaperone translated for us. We found out that they have FOUR siblings.
Two older sisters, an older brother, and a baby brother. All of the kids are together in a foster home. The foster mom is a grandmother. She’s very nice and talkative, very interested in how the kids are doing.
Their biological mother was also present. She seemed rather vacant. She stayed off to the side and didn’t really say much. Mariana was eager to talk to the foster mom instead.
The foster mom told us that their mother has a birth defect that makes her unable to care for the children. Their father provided for them, but he died in a car accident.
Mariana has webbed fingers that are causing the bones to grow crooked as she gets bigger, and her feet aren’t quite right. Her feet are small, but very very thick with tiny toes. Her ankles are also extremely thick for such a small child. Her hands are tiny too. I think she may have a mild form of some sort of syndrome that her mom also has. Just a guess. The other siblings, including Misha, all seem normal. It’s probably hereditary and Mariana just got unlucky.
The fact that their biological mom is still present in their lives, and because they have four other siblings means we can’t adopt them. According to US law you must be 15 years older than a Ukrainian child you adopt, and we are not 15 years older than all of their siblings. I’m sad, but I’m also happy that they are in a nice foster home where they are loved rather than in an institution.