We didn't know at the time how full of life she would be one year later. What we DID know was that she responded positively to all the attention we gave her during our short time together. We held her so much during our twice a day visits that one of her caregivers told us that she cried to be held all night after we left each day. While that was hard for a mother's heart to hear, it also gave me hope that she was going to be just fine as soon as we got her home.
Oh, it was so hard to leave her that last day.
Here she is on our last visit with her. She was not going to let her photo album go. The picture showing is of her brothers, although at the time, she was more interested in the little doggie.
I guess that was our first clue she would be such an animal lover!
On the other hand, being perfectly honest, the sad, far-away stare she got sometimes really worried me.
We took a huge leap of faith.
Words can't express how thankful I am that we followed our hearts and said "YES" to that little baby girl we met in Novokuznetsk, Russia!