This is the final week without Vladik here.
I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after.
Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them.
My children continue to discuss each child we’ve hosted on a daily basis. We never forget them, never stop loving them.
It’s somewhat scary to open your heart and home to yet another child, knowing the sharp dichotomy of joy and pain we’ll experience. This week is like the part of the roller coaster where you slowly begin to climb the steep hill leading to the first huge drop. Last week we were just waiting in line for the ride.
This week? We’ve boarded and starting moving. And on Sunday we’ll take the plunge, when we pick up Vlad from the airport.
A new journey is about to begin.
As part of the home safety check we had to send a video of our house to the orphanage director. He’s an excellent director and wants to see where each of his kids will be staying. I love that.
He wanted to see the front yard, backyard, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and where Vladi will be sleeping.
I thought I would share my video here for fun. It’s nothing fancy, I haven’t been able to redecorate or buy nice furniture like I dream of doing, but it’s home. I think Vlad will be comfortable here, anyway. (Rosie’s room, Ada’s room, the master bedroom, the kids’ bathroom that they never use, and our basement aren’t in the video because they didn’t request to see those…)