When Katya was here, she not only learned from us, but I learned from her. I learned how to be more patient and not to just love to be loved, but to love more like Jesus. I learned to love without looking for reward, but reward did come as Katya was able to show me more and more that she cared, even just a little. One time, we went on a walk and she got frustrated with me because I wouldn’t pick her up. She kept getting more and more frustrated, but eventually she picked a flower and brought it to me and held my hand. I saw that she could love me, even when I didn’t do everything she wanted me to do.
I think we should adopt Katya because God’s told us to. As we’ve prayed together as a family, read in the Bible, and watched God work out circumstances, I can see God moving us to working to bring Katya into our family.
For me, God is teaching me about real love. Adopting Katya isn’t about me feeling good about myself or even having her love me, but about us, as a family, loving her. I’m really excited about the hope of her coming into our family.