Seeing the world through her eyes


Russia Adoption BlogWe brought Kira Anastasia home on Oct. 15th from Russia. We named her Kira because it means “radiant light.” She has a beautiful smile, not  for us, but also for family, friends and people she has yet to know.  
We have had great fun with Kira, watching her personality blossom and figuring out who she is. We now know that Kira is an adventurer. She is determined and strong and quite a charmer; she has an intense desire to learn.

Kira has come a long way since we brought her home a year ago.  Our local ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) has helped Kira grow and develop with her cerebral palsy. She is growing so fast, she is already on a second pair of ankle-foot orthoses boots to help her walk — in red and black of course, so we can cheer on our Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kira is also being fitted for her first walker.

It is a gift to experience the joy we all feel each time Kira meets a milestone. And the best blessing is the fact that we get to see the world through her eyes, which is full of newness and wonder. She has taught us to slow down, simplify and enjoy life.  
Looking back at our first photo of her, it’s hard to believe how much she has grown — from a tiny, 15-pound girl, to a young lady who will be a great leader some day.

Thank you, Gladney, for walking this journey with us and introducing us to the most wonderful little girl we have ever met.


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