Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Guess who took her first steps tonight??? My baby is starting to walk! With all of my screaming, my neighbors probably thought: 1.) I was nuts or 2.) I won the lottery. Well this is better than winning the lottery. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops and tell the whole world.  Not only do Shawn and I have the "new parent excitement" seeing Zoya walk for the first time, but we also have the excitement of knowing that this child, a child who was sentenced to life and death in a lonely orphanage spending most of her days in a crib, has beat the odds and is already taking on the world.  Just last night I was reading over some of the old blog posts from our first days with Zoya and I had totally forgot that she could barely sit without support when we met her! Here were my words from only three months ago:
"Zoya can bear weight on her legs with a little help! 
She can sit up on her own too (kinda)...a bumbo seat would help lots!"

I can't believe in just over three months how far this child has come. I have no doubt if she were still in the orphanage she would not be doing any of this! She has gotten so strong and has finally been given the chance she deserves to show the world what shes got! She is a ROCKSTAR! We are so proud of her. She is one determined girl and nothing will stop her from doing all she hopes and dreams in this life!

Without further adieu.....here is one video we captured....yes I know the signing times is brighter than her walking, sorry about that! I was just so excited I could only hit the button and watch with excitement! No time to mess with the settings or lighting!


  1. Hey little family! That is fun to watch (over and over) and I think Mya adds a cute touch too. So happy for all of you. The fairy tale continues..all she needed was your LOVE. xxoo to Zoya, Liz

  2. You have every right to be proud of your walking girl! That is so great, you can see on her face how determined she is to do everything, and happy when she accomplishes it.

    Your friends are all proud of you and Shawn for being such great parents. You certainly chose the correct baby from Reece's Rainbow. All three of you are so terrific.

    Sue M.

  3. Way to go Zoya! Shawn and Sarah- you have done an absolutely wonderful job! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see more.

  4. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Zoya.

  5. Yeah Zoya! Good for you little, walking girl. Amazing what your love has done for your sweet daughter! Look out world, here she comes! :)


  6. Look out world here comes ZOYA!

    Had to chuckle as she raises her head off the sofa that look was priceless.

    YEAH ZOYA! I knew you could do it! You've been making great progress in leaps and bounds. Yes your mommy is right, you are one determined little girl.

    Woohoo! Hip Hip Hooray! Congratulations!

    I can just imagine the screams with sounds of joy coming from your house last night.

  7. What LOVE can do!!!!!
    Congratulation Miss Zoya, you did it!
    We celebrate with you, Sarah and Shawn, this BIG STEP in Zoyas life!
    Be blessed Christina

  8. Zoya - you brighten every day for me!!!!

  9. OMG!!!!!
    Congrats!!! I love seeing how the kids do so much and proove how much needed is just the love of a family

    Zoya is very blessed for having you!

  10. What a joy to see what love and prayer and faith can do. God is good beyond measure and he has allowed you to join Him in a miracle. Praise Him!

  11. You Rock Ms.Zoya!! So exciting to see such an accomplishment. The happiness in her is definitely shining through.
    I'm so happy for you guys! Kim B.