|Alina asleep in big brother Kyle's arms|
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Alina has been home for nine months, today.
In the span of a typical pregnancy, this little girl has worked her way into our hearts and lives like she has always been here.
Now that we know Alina, it is extremely hard to think about the years she spent without a family of her own, and even harder to think about her fate had we not come for her.
Alina will be four in a few months. Her paperwork would most likely already have been in place for her imminent transfer from the baby home to a remote, regional mental institution, where the care is poor at best.
I can't put into words how it feels to know that she was so close to having to experience transfer and life in an institution.
She is a child--a beautiful, sweet, funny, curious and sensitive child--who is very aware of the world around her.
She has so much to offer, and we are so very grateful to have her in our lives.