Some of you may not know, but Olga and I have been pursuing guardianship of a little girl named Valerie.

Valerie is the 3 year old daughter of Oksana, the orphan who lived with us a few years ago. Oksana is now in prison, and her daughter was placed in an orphanage earlier this year.

Today we finished the process of becoming guardians. We picked her up a few hours ago. I took the picture above of Olga and Valerie walking down the sidewalk to our flat in St. Pete.

I can promise that you’re going to see a lot of pictures of Valerie in the future! I’ll try to post more tomorrow.

Right now she is sleeping soundly in her new bed. It’s great to have her home.

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5 Comments to “Valerie is home!”

  1. Mom says:

    We celebrate Valerie’s finally being home ! We are so delighted to be grandparents again and we look forward to good times with you three in the future ! Much love, Mom and Dad – (Mamulya and Papa)

  2. Nancy says:

    So happy for you all! Love the first pics and can’t wait to see more! Love, Nancy & Steve

  3. leah mann says:

    i am so happy that this happened!!! blessings blessings blessings blessings! God always surprises!!! i hope valerie just soaks up the love from you two! yay! leah

    mike a friend of mine, lee welborn (GA) is hosting a youth from russia. i’ve been reading regular reports….lee is getting beat in chess alot! you have been and are vessel of love to so many!

  4. Shari says:

    How exciting! Valerie is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!! She couldn’t ask for better guardians!

  5. Renee says:

    So happy for all of you!!!