Thursday, September 13, 2018

Where did the Summer go?

It seems like the summer was a whirlwind!  We welcomed Sasha and Veranika on June 25th and they left on August 8th.

It was a busy time.  We had doctor's appointments, dentist appointments, and eye doctor appointments.  And more eye doctor appointments. And eye surgery.    Veranika was able to have eye surgery while she was here for her strabismus.  Let's just say its a little nerve wracking to take a child in for surgery who is not your own.  Dr Hidagi of Duke Eye Center in Winston-Salem arranged the entire thing for us.  What a blessing!  Because she had a cataract in that eye, she still does not see properly out of the eye, BUT she  have partial vision. And she doesn't have a disfigurement that will lead to teasing and bullying. 

We also had tons of fun.   We were able to go to Tweetsie in Blowing Rock and had a wonderful time, even though it was raining.  Those girls LOVE amusement rides!!

We were also able to go to Lazy 5 Ranch.  This is an exotic animal park.  The girls got to see all sorts of animals and feed them too.  We were a little disappointed that the giraffes did not come out to see us, but we still had a great time.

We swam a lot and went to the park, and we ate a TON of ice cream.  That is another favorite.

We sent them home with gifts for their families, school supplies, clothes and basic toiletries.  In a country where the average income is less than $500 per month, their needs are real.

For those of you who supported us financially - THANK YOU so much!  You helped us change these girl's lives in dramatic ways.  Just getting them out of the radiation in Belarus helps them to be healthier for the rest of their lives.  Correcting an crossed eye gives a girl new hope for her future and encourages her parents.

We are planning on hosting both girls next summer and have already starting raising support.  If you would like to help, you can make a donation here:  Nowotny ABRO Page

God's Blessings to you All!

Dave & Carolyn

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