Again today, we brought joy to those at the Vladimir Children's Home where Olivia spent the first 2 1/2 years of her life. Although it was remodeled, it brought back memories for Dan and I. Here are some highlights:
Olivia poses at the front door.
The beautiful room where we picked up Olivia on the last day of our visit.
Here was the room back then. Dan is helping Olivia dress in the clothing we brought to take her home.
The urologist that worked at the orphanage when Olivia was there. She remembered her, and it brought tears once again to eyes that drank in the sight of a "success story". Most never know wha happens once the adoptees go home.
A sensory room where children get the visual and tactile stimulation they need to grow normally.
Adorable bedroom. . .
The first video we received was of Olivia deftly taking apart and putting together these matryoshka dolls.
. . . And girl going home this very day to a Russian family. Adoptions are still open within the country, thank the Lord!
Next is tea with Irina, the judge who heard Olivia's case and approved! She too, was overjoyed to see Mario and Olivia healthy and happy. She took the time from her busy schedule at court to make us tea and serve tiramisu.
Then a tour of the building and a criminal court room complete with cell!
The Russian government crest.
A visit to Suzdal, a vacation spot an hour from Vladimir. Many cultural museums are located there. This one represented the wooden architecture in the area during the 18th and 19th century:
One last pic with Tania, who made this trip back into time possible: