It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Friday, July 18, 2014

Visiting with N*stya

Running to meet each other

I was nervous. 

Would N*stya be happy to see us or hurt we didn't host? 

How would her sisters react to us? 

She was happy to see us. 

One sister eventually warmed up to us and one didn't interact with us.

We met at a park that had picnic area, great playground, and a beach. Her host family including a host aunt, uncle, and cousin met us for the afternoon. 

For Nan and N*stya was like no time had passed. 

They took off and did their own thing. 

I have to admit that I was a tad jealous! 

Jo fought for her attention.

I eventually got a little bit of time with "our" girl. 

As we were leaving the park, the girls started chatting with some grown ups...turns out there were a group of Russian moms at the park! They were sweet ladies who had lived in the area for only a few years and understood the feeling of being the only one not getting the language. One of N*stya's sisters introduced Tara and I as her moms. I think for a moment we had them thinking we were a lesbian couple! N*stya ran over to clarify and let her know that she also had a third mom, Stephanie, who lived in California. (How cool is it that she has all these moms to love her!?!) We had to leave during this time but Tara later said the girls shared some information through them.

To borrow JoJo's phrase, "Best Day Ever." 

I would be lying if I said it was all flowers and sunshine...
leaving her was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay harder than we expected. 

Saying goodbye brought tears for all 5 of us. 

Please join us in praying about what more interaction in the future will involve. 
Please pray for her host family as they are in the difficult tail-end part of hosting.

I know in some way that is post is vague. There are so many things to say but some things just need to remain private or simply aren't appropriate to post on a blog. If you have questions, drop me a message.


  1. Love all the pictures! Where did you meet? It looks like a fun spot...