Hard to believe that next month she will be 15 years old. The hospital put her weight today at a whopping 26 pounds.
Having lived in a crib for all of her 15 years, she cannot sit up, and if she does, she cries in misery because her bones, joints, and internal organs aren't used to it.
I liken her life up to now as an oak sapling placed in a small house pot. The orphanage fed her nothing but formula her entire life, until recently before we picked her up. That's when they splurged and fed her water-soaked bread three times a day.
Hasya will need copious amounts of therapies on every level. How far she will go, we are not sure. We just want her out of her constant state of pain. That may take a very long time, but will make each day her most special day until that happens.
And we are so thankful that Hasya (which means "mercy of God") is ours. What a privilege to call her our daughter!
Grow, girl, grow.
And now for our Kael.
Here is a photo of him when he was still very, very young. Probably not long after entering the orphanage in Sofia.
Look how plump and robust he is! He could pass for any normal, healthy American little boy.
Kael was the third orphan to ever be up for adoption in Bulgaria. And yet, no one was interested in him. No one. Not one.
So for the past year and a half, he has lived in an insane asylum with adults who are psychologically and possibly criminally insane.
It has taken its toll on poor Kael. These are photos I took of him tonight while bathing him. His body is literally a skeleton with skin...
It's hard to say how much of Kael's psychological quirks were acquired while either in the orphanage or in the asylum.
But what I really hope to convey by this post is not my deep hurt over the condition of our new children. I want each and every one you, and as many of your friends and acquaintances as possible, to know that for every Hasya or Kael, there are literally TENS OF MILLIONS MORE!
Oh, what our eyes cannot see! The only one who can see each one of these poor children at the same time is God Himself. So can you imagine His heart over this global plight? It makes you wonder when He's going to say, Enough is enough!
It just goes to show how profound His love is for those who have not made a decision for Him yet.
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
But that means allowing 163 million orphans to remain orphans.
Unless we, His hands and feet, do something about it!