Mar 26, 2012

She's just my sister

This weekend we spent a lot of time out and about.  Saturday I went along with the Parents and Gergana on a road trip  to visit with our oldest sister for her Bridal shower.  It was the first time we had taken Gergana out into a setting like this.  She has been to church and visiting with our friends.  But she has never been introduced to a group of people this big before.  We never know what Gergana is going to do in new situations so we were curious how it would work out.  She did great.  The shower was fun.  It was good to visit with the oldest sister (it had been way to long!) and the 5 hour road trip (each way!) was mildly relaxing.  

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One thing that always takes me by surprise is that everyone else in the world is not educated on orphans/adoption/special needs.  Since when?  whenever I get a blank stare or an insensitive comment it takes me a moment to recover.

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I haven't encountered anyone who has been truly offending or mean spirited (yet).  People just use words and phrases that I would rather not have Gergana hear.  Especially as her English improves.  Hello protective big sister feelings.

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In case you were wondering, Gergana is NOT:

"One of 'those' children." OR "So very grateful that we 'saved' her."

No thank you.  Or as Gergana would say.. "Please stop".

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She is not defined by the fact that she was born in Bulgaria (all though that is a big part of who she is).  She is not defined by her dislike of pink and anything else girly.  She is not defined by her accent and rough English.  She is not defined by her occasional freak outs.  She is not defined by the fact that she spent 9 years in orphanages.  She's not defined by her darker skin (hello beautiful!).

And I can't wait for the day that the world stops defining her that way.

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Because, she's just my sister.

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Also, take a look at how long Gergana's hair is getting!

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Woah baby.

Mar 22, 2012

Vyara Designs

I finally did it!  I finally launched my new jewelry business!


Go check out Vyara Designs.


And help me help orphans come home!

Mar 19, 2012

Bonding with the two littlest sisters

Today I had to go to the dentist.  The first time I had been in years.  Surprisingly I had no cavities and my wisdom teeth are good to stay.  Hallelujah, praise the Lord.

The rest of the afternoon was spent doing some shopping.  We looked through a bunch of dresses, picked up a piece of technology sent straight from God to me, and made a stop at wal-mart.  While mom did the important shopping me and the babies ran off to get some of the funner items.  
Like Shampoo.    

Jordyn Gergana has been home for 3 months now and I feel like we have finally turned a corner in sister bonding between her (age 9) and Abigail (age 5).  They laughed almost non stop today and shared many inside jokes.  Gergana is settling into the big sister role nicely.  It's so good to see after them being at each others throats the last 3 months.

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Abigail does not have a black eye. Promise.  She was loving the makeup testers.
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I love filling Gergana's mind with fun, new memories for her to have.  She has nine years of orphanages in that little brain of hers.  So many of those years we will never be able to share with her.  It's important to me that we can start sharing some memories.

And because they are cute and precious and make strangers smile as they run through stores:



For some reason this movie cracks me up.  Where did she learn those dance moves?  I die.



It was a good day.  And for the sake of sanity, you need some of those.

Baby niece // 5 months old

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Kind of obsessed with this baby.
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