Saturday, December 17, 2011

Finding Tanya

When Lis came home in August, I never would have guessed that it would take almost four months to firmly locate the amazing little girl she found. One of the most uncanny things about Tanya is how much she looks like me at her age - really. Sometimes I glance at a picture of her and think it's me. It's like somehow my actual, biological daughter was born across the world.

But on Thursday, December 15, 2011, after a flurry of emails between Lis, a nonprofit, my adoption agency, and myself, it was official. We finally found Tanya. She was the little girl who I had found on the Russian Orphan Databank (did you know that Russia has a website databank of all of their orphans?). According to the databank, she is available and has no siblings. 

Finding Tanya has not been easy.
Bringing Tanya home will not be easy. I am not that na├»ve. What I do know is that God has called me to this process and God will lead me through it. And hopefully Tanya will read this blog someday. It may never happen, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t go down fighting. Tanya deserves at least that. For now, she remains institutionalized in Russia – and that breaks my heart. Keep us all in your prayers – we can use them!


  1. Dear Jenna--
    Tanya is such a beautiful little girl--and I am overjoyed to learn that you can now officially begin the process to adopt her. You're right, it hasn't been easy-- and it won't be easy going forward. The most worthwhile things take time-- and prayer. You're both in my thoughts and prayers.


  2. I can see your love for Tanya as you speak of her, and your perseverance is proof of your love. You and Tanya are in my prayers. Thank you for inviting me to your blog so I can see the beautiful pictures and read of your progress. Have a wonderful Christmas with hope and love in your heart.


  3. Jenna, I believe that God has brought her into your life for a purpose. You will make it through the adoption and he will make sure that everything falls into place. I can't wait to meet her when she comes home.