Monday, November 22, 2010

Day Four: DISCOVERY

We called this "Discovery Day" for Maxim! We bought him new warm pants, fuzzy thick socks, new shoes, and a shirt and then bundled him up for play time outside. That sounds fun enough but if I told you that he has been outside a hand full of times, you might understand why this was an extra special day for him.




He wanted to walk all by himself with no stroller and what a trooper he is! So determined and joyful.


We didn't go far but I realized just how little he knew of the place he has lived since he was 4 years old. Just outside and feet away he began asking questions of Artyom about the buildings and surroundings he was seeing.




He heard the engine of a car and said, "Machine!" The way he said it made me want to cry really. That he found that sound new and exciting impressed me with how little he has experienced. So discovering we did! He found all of the pigeons quite exciting!



As we made our way around the grounds there was a place to sit and rest for a bit....so we surprised him with his first OREO cookie! Ssshhh! He just about shoved the whole thing in! But he was a good boy and after two he didn't even ask for more. He was just thankful for what he was given. He tried water from a bottle for the first time too and thought that was pretty neat.



Then Dad pulled out the bubbles and he must have thought he was in heaven!



Here he's blowing at the bubbles in the air.



This was such a special day for him! He's such a joy and we are overwhelmed at watching him discover the world. He is so thankful! He humbles me! Here's one more picture of my boys- but missing one of them back home! (We love you Liam!)



SO! Here's the drumroll! We have a COURT DATE! YES! November 30th at 2pm! This is almost a week earlier than we expected although it is exactly what we prayed for! Thank you Jesus!

We love you! Our hearts are FULL!

8 comments:

Kimberly said...

Keep them coming! I'm finding myself getting a bit compulsive about checking for new posts...it's just such a joy to see his face and all the love. We love you

Julia said...

I AM SO GLAD TO FOLLOW... HE IS PRECIOUS...

Bri Schaaf said...

Oh my goodness!! Your words and pictures warm my heart!! Enjoy every moment with him!

dziagwaincrease said...

WOW! I cant believe you have a court date!!! it's only 8 days away!!!!! praise God that's awesome!!! how is Holden doing???

Chrissy said...

Oh Tina!!!!!! I cannot put into words the flood of emotions I have for all of you! I am soooooo thankful for God's hand orchestrating this incredible rescue!! Your son Maxim is just beautiful & the delight on his face is so pure! God bless you all in every single moment & every little detail. Halleluah!!!! Thank you, Savior! All Glory to you, Lord! Love you tons, my sister!!

Lauren said...

please tell me how sweet little kiril is doing, if you can. he is on RR under the other angels. we sponsor him through life2orphans. You guys rock! I'm so thankful for you this holiday!

Denise said...

How exciting, Tina! The scenery and the bubbles especially remind me so much of our adoption. How much we take for granted here. Thank you for perspective. Maxim is just beginning to discover the wonder and joys of life. Praying for no delays and for court to go smoothly!

Tina Kacirek said...

Lauren, I fed Kiril today. Oh there is much I can tell you about Kiril but perhaps privately. Can you send me your email and I will write to you. Bless you for giving to his life. Love to you Lauren! Tina