Please meet sweet little Emily! Emily was actually one of the babies we sponsored as a Christmas Angel last year. She is two and is the sweetest little ball of baby. I am so excited for her to go home to her mama and daddy at such an early age, because she will never remember anything else. She is going to have such a wonderful life, and I cannot wait to see her thriving at home.
And meet sweet Dariya! Dariya, also called Dasha, is a sassy, spunky, smart, sweet, amazing six year old. I am so proud of Jennifer and Brandon for several things, but one biggie is for adopting a six year old. Lots of people are scared about adopting an older child (and anything over 2 is considered older in terms of adoption). The older children so often get overlooked because people want a baby. And I get that; I really, really do. Jennifer and Brandon don't have any biological children, and they have chosen to start their family by adopting a two year old and a six year old. . . nothing like jumping right in! Having adopted an older child, I can absolutely attest to the fact that the rewards of such an adoption are worth the challenges. And there are some - Katie has had experiences that have shaped her life and her personality, and I have had no control over those. We are working through that, every day. Some days it's more work, and some days it's none, but any post-institutionalization child will have residual emotional and behavioral issues. Jennifer and Brandon are literally changing Dasha's life and giving her one. She is such a smart little muffin, and she is going to do so well at home with her parents and her sister. She has a huge personality just waiting to be unlocked, and it will be an amazing process to follow.
Huge congratulations Jennifer and Brandon. I am so proud of you, and so happy for your girls and the amazing lives they are going to have.
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