Thought I would post some photos of Bella's current home--the Berizka Orphanage in Kiev. Our translator said it is one of the nicest Ukraine orphanages she has been in. We are thankful that Bella has been blessed to spend her first years in such a nice orphanage--but, it is still not a home AND she does not have a family who loves her.
What a parallel to God and our future home in heaven! Bella doesn't know that life is going to be better than what she's always known, and we of little faith do not always trust that heaven will be a better place--with a loving, PERFECT Father!
This adoption has opened our eyes in so many ways! What an honor and a privilege to have this experience to glimpse into the ways our Father has adopted us and how His Son prepares a place for us! It is so hard for me to wrap my mind around it, yet through this adoption process, I gain a small understanding...
Love in Him, Paula
Berizka means "White Birch". This is a white birch tree right outside the orphanage gate:
Kevin in front of the orphanage minutes after we landed in Kiev on June 21st:
Paula pointing to Bella's toothbrush with her little towel hanging underneath:
Bella's bed - note her name "Bogdana" is taped on the bottom:
The Orphanage Director pointing to Bella's bed:
Kevin and Bella in front of the beautiful flower gardens:
The Berizka Mural on the outside of the building:
Even the babies have outside time:
The Director (& us) He's holding a photo of Jake--He loved Jake because he has a cat that is his "twin" right there in Kiev! Who knew Jake would have a hand (or paw) in this adoption! See Kevin, Jake is a good cat!
Feet washing time before going in for lunch time:
This is the main area where Bella's groupa played:
One of Bella's favorite areas to play with her own personal playmates - us!
Going in after play time:
We had the honor of observing music class one day:
Bella pointing the way out :)