Happy New Year from our little laughing bird

December 31st, 2011

Katie after one day home, still taking it all in~

Katie after a week and a half home, refusing to play~

Katie after two weeks at home, with her turtle~

Katie after two weeks at home, eating~

Katie after one month at home, playing~

Thank you to every single friend who has served, prayed, given, encouraged, shared, written, helped, loved.

Bless you. We love you.

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87 Responses to “Happy New Year from our little laughing bird”

  1. Valerie Grunsted says:

    Absolutely love to see Katie’s amazing progress! Love her giggle, too! What a blessing she is!

  2. Christine says:

    Love her! She looks longer, I think.

  3. lisa says:

    Oh the last video!  I just love it.  From a starving, shell of a child to a glowing, laughing girl playing on the floor with her brothers :)  Shows us all what love can do.

  4. Kristi says:

    Oh wow, listen to that sweet little laugh!!! She is precious! I think even her hand flutters are adorable.

  5. Kristi says:

    Another question- who has taught your children to play piano like that??? Do you have them all in lessons?

  6. Katie says:

    Happy new year, Katie and family!  Before we rang in the new year I already knew I’d been blessed – by finding your story – but today brought some of the best news and memories I’ve ever had (blogged about it a little)… 2012 is already off to a great start.  I can’t wait to watch your little ones grow and change and LAUGH!  Those little laughs are just precious!  Love you all, even though I’ve never even met you.  :)

  7. Rita in Spain says:

    oh my!!!! What happiness, what a laugh!!! And she looks SOO much fuller in the face esp!!!!!! And Longer!!

    Can not wait for more…..Thank you for sharing and god bless you…

  8. Stephanie K. says:

    Hi! I just love seeing Katie’s progress. It puts a smile on my face. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I sure could use some encouraging words from you! Happy New Year!

  9. Susanna says:

    Stephanie, I caught up on your blog last night and can’t remember my blogger password to be able to leave a comment! We will definitely be praying about what you’re facing! Emailing you!

  10. Amy Rainey says:

    Oh, how precious those giggles are!  What joy! 

  11. Kari Fernandez says:

    Wow!! Look what meeting someone’s needs does for them: food, touch,  respect, being noticed and responded to, encouraged, taught, spoken to, LOVED!!!  

    What a sweet little girl and beautiful gentle family you have!  I love the piano playing and the children playing!!!

    May God continue to Bless you all! 

  12. patti says:

    well as always I’m crying- LOVE her laughter. simply love it.

  13. Becky K! says:

    thanks for sharing!  love being able to watch her progress on the the video clips!  Esp. loved hearing her laugh and play in the last clip. Such a sweet sound!

  14. Amazing!  Katie’s laugh is so sweet.

  15. Elle Bee says:

    Her joyful little laugh is contagious!!  What a precious sight–she is just blossoming.  
    PS loved the piano in the background 

  16. Amy says:

    What a precious angel! that laugh, i adore! i just watched this video 3 times in a row, i couldnt get enough of her sweet little laugh! your blog and your heart inspire me!

  17. Rachel M says:

    I have watched all  the videos several times, especially the last one!  my sweet 4yo girl said she really wants to go to Katie’s house to play with her on the floor! The girls pray for Katerina, Lina and Kolina every nite, they love keeping up with the blog with me. A praise! My husband actually shared Katie’s story today with a friend and told him we were considering adopting in the future! Maybe special needs! Only a miracle from our precious savior could have done that!

  18. Stori says:

    Her laughter is beautiful music to my ears! Thank you for sharing.

  19. Jamie Garcia says:

    Very slow internet connection from the boonies :D
    I’ll let it load overnight, it ‘might’ be ready in the AM (no exaggeration!)
    hugs and prayers to you all.
    PS: VERY cool tile on your floor!

  20. Holly says:

    Just making it over after spending most of the day taking down Christmas decorations.  It is always so much more fun putting them up…lol.

    Oh how Katie’s laugh is just so contagious and beautiful!!  I giggled with her!    I love seeing her rolling around having a great time!

    Her brothers look like such big helpers!  They will be the best brothers a girl could ever ask for!!

  21. Laura Gilmour says:

    She is an absolutely adorable little girl with a beautiful laugh. When watching that video, I just wanted to snatch her up off the floor and hug her.

  22. hana says:

    I am just so glad you got her out in time. Her condition upon the arrival was appalling. I can´t believe the change in her. Wish you all the best.

  23. Heather Dawn says:

    These are wonderful!!!!  I hope Katie’s Baba could see them one day.  imagine how surprised she would be to see how far she has come.

  24. Katherine Lauer says:

    The final playing video is just astonishing. So much life in Katie-bird! Obviously, I always knew that the treatment of her in the orphanage was criminal, but to see how easy a fix this was–in a sense–to see her blossoming into a happy little creation of God in one measly month with a normal, loving family reveals that criminal and vile abuse done to these little ones.

  25. Susanna says:

    Katherine, we have had the same thought over and over again. Especially when she gained weight after FOUR DAYS on breastmilk. FOUR DAYS, and they told us she just couldn’t gain weight and had never been over 11 pounds, although they gave her “good food.”

  26. shelly says:

    Those videos absolutely made me cry. That last one with her laughing just filled my heart with joy! I pray for you guys every day, and of course for those babies still over there.

  27. Amy says:

    What a beautiful sound to hear!  Thank you so much for sharing her story!  I am so touched my your example!

  28. Autumn says:

    Oh to hear that giggle..is that not heaven sent? ;) What a speical treat to find this time around! She is blossoming so quickly…I can not believe how different she looks so soon!!!! Thank you for sharing with us

  29. Christina says:

    What a happy precious girl!  She seems to be flourishing!

  30. Sandra says:

    Loving seeing the progress she has made in your loving home! Awesome!!!

  31. Tami Swaim says:

    Her laugh is truly addicting! She got me giggling!

  32. Tami Swaim says:

    ~Perhaps contagious would have been a better word! Unless hitting the replay button would constitute as addiction :0) Moriah will have to soon see Verity again and meet Katie. She sees them up on my monitor often!

  33. Anna T says:

    We were watching the videos this morning!  Lauren, Courtney and I feel that she has the cutest laugh!!  Thanks for sharing!!  ((Hugs)), prayers and love friend!!

  34. Anita says:

    oh my word! Katie and the Tube, is too sweet! She is THRIVING!

  35. Sally S says:

    LOVED the giggles, loved your gentle laughter, loved the way she rolled (strongly!) across the floor, loved how Stephen interacted with her. Some great moments. Praying for continued mercies. xxx

  36. Michael says:

    Love how that piano sound fills the house. :-)  

  37. Regina says:

    The tremendous progress she has made is amazing. How mush weight has she gained? Have you started working on teaching her to crawl? She has such great potential. God bless.

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