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How Molly Came Home

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Russian Adoption Story:

How Molly Came Home


The first question everyone asks me is “Why did I adopt a child from Russia?” I truly believe that God chose my sweet angel for us and let the way. He knew she needed us!

My 17-year-old son, Kyle, and I were not planning to add to our perfect family of two. We were quite happy. Then God whispered in my ear [and] from then on, I knew it was God’s plan that she came to be a part of our family.

After tons of paperwork, many ups and downs,and a huge outpouring of love from our community, I finally made my first trip to meet Molly. I left on Mother’s Day. How appropriate!

I was saddened not being able to spend Mother’s Day with Kyle, but was so anxious to meet Molly. I was able to spend several hours playing with Molly and took her small toys and treats. We bonded but not as much as I had hoped. I knew it would be emotional to leave her and of course I cried. I hoped she would remember me but knew it was such a quick trip that she would not even understand what was happening. I returned home to more paperwork and to wait for my court date.

Kyle and I returned to Russia a month later to bring Molly home. It was his first time out of the country and I thought it would be important for him to see Molly’s culture and where she started life.

Our first stop was the orphanage to visit Molly again. She was out sideplaying with her group on a bright, sunny day. Kyle and I walked toward the group and Molly came running with arms outstretched yelling “Mama, Mama!” She had remembered me. She and Kyle became fast friends and she only trusted him to open her candy treats.

Our court hearing went remarkably smoothly, attributed to good paperwork and a diligent adoption agency. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have every “i”dotted and “T “crossed. Although I am sure I was not the most cooperative client, I do have to thank my agency for being a thorn in my side and making me repeat what seemed to be senseless paperwork.

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Molly’s 1st Christmas with her new family!

We brought Molly home to the US the weekend before the 4th of July. We celebrated her 3rd birthday a few weeks later. She did not understand what a birthday cake was and nearly burned her fingers with the candle. She cried and refused to eat it.

Molly has been home 5 months now. We are anticipating her first Christmas. She already understands about Santa Claus. She is still only saying a few words in English but she has taught us Russian. She understands English perfectly but still finds it a challenge to make our vowel and consonant combinations. Coming from the Russian language, I would think ours is simple! She has become every inch an American! She loves McDonald’s French fries, Elmo, and fruit snacks. She has been to two parades and squealed with delight when the participants threw candy to her.

Molly has brought such joy to our family. It is hard to remember what life was like before she came home. She fit into our family like a long lost puzzle piece that everyone forgot was missing.

If I had it to do over again, would I adopt a child from Russia? No, I wouldn’t adopt one … I would adopt 100! I still think about Molly’s friends at the orphanage and how they deserve to have a wonderful life with a real family, too! ~

Thank you to Angela for providing Kids To Adopt with this beautiful story!!

Adoption Story Written by Adoptive Mother Angela, edited by Kids To Adopt