What Veterans Day Means to Me
Veterans Day means a lot to me because my dad, my grandmother and both my grandfathers served in the military.
The story of their military service is also about me, my two sisters and my brother. You see the four of us are adopted from Ukraine and Russia.
Veterans gave Americans the freedom and a good life to be able to have a lot of the things that other countries do not have. Freedom allowed my parents to come to our countries to adopt all four of us.
In Ukraine, we did not have the freedom that America has because this was taken from us by other countries. Those countries invaded ours because we did not have the military protecting us the way they have protected the people here. We were not allowed to have the freedom to get a good education or a good job. At one time people were not allowed to speak our native language or go to church.
I lived a life without freedom and I want to tell the children in America they should appreciate all they have here. I can say this because we did not even know what real freedom meant before we came here. I know now that not having freedom to me means an orphanage filled with children without parents because they couldn’t get jobs or go to school. There was sickness, alcohol, drugs and poor choices made because no freedom means no chance to become better.
My life was hard and I would have had to live my whole childhood in an orphanage if my parents had not had the opportunity to come get me. They used their freedoms provided by veterans to come all the way to another country and bring me back to America to live.
Fortunately, I now have a future that will allow me to do or be anything I want to be and to grow up with love and happiness. I am so happy that because of the freedoms that veterans like my dad, my grandmother and my grandfathers gave America, I now have a big family that I dreamed about and love very much.
I want to thank the veterans who protected this country so that American children will never have to live through what me, my sisters and my brother had to before we came here.
Thank you God and veterans for my family and my country!
We put Alesa at a magnet school this year and prayed that she would rise to the challenge. She is in a Pre-Ap honors English class. She just made all A's and one B and she is on the yearbook and in student council. We attended her dance recital last week and she did a beautiful job.
Zhenya is in AP calculus in which he got a 99 on his report card. He is a PAL which means he mentors little elementary students. He was chosen out of many students to be able to do this and one of the reasons he was chosen was because he wrote an essay that stated he believed he would be a good mentor for children with difficulties, and who are hurting, because he can relate. He is such a good role model. He had to have his hand operated on last month because he broke it during football. It was his senior year and he was starting so he was quite upset that he didn't get to finish the season.
Our 24 year old Brett, gave Mark and I a two page letter at Thanksgiving expressing his love and thanks for us that would be every parents dream. This came from a young man who would seldom give cards on birthdays or ever express his feelings. Let's suffice it to say that neither of us could speak after we read it. We were humbled and felt very honored by this letter.
I could write a book on the difficulties that we experience at times, but for now we are praising God and basking in his faithfulness for the accomplishments this past month. I hope this is an encouragement for those of you who might be thinking of adopting an older child.
I must go enjoy the calm waters while they are here :)