Zoya picked out a tree for her Daddy to plant this father's day. She picked out the perfect tree! Here is the letter she wrote to go with it:
I picked out this very special tree for you. You know how much I love trees, so I knew this would remind you of me. It is called an Eastern Redbud and every time you look at it I want you to know how lucky I am to have you for my Daddy. I thought this tree would be perfect because it blooms in the spring. Every spring around April, you can watch the beautiful purplish-pink flowers blossom and remember April 22, 2010 when you brought me home from Ukraine. As each year passes and the flowers bloom, Spring of 2010 will seem so long ago but when the flowers start to blossom I want you to remember bringing me, a tiny frail angel aching for a daddy to call my own, home. I want you to take pride in how your love has helped me to blossom through the years. Each year as the tree grows taller I hope you remember how much your love has changed me. Your love has given me a reason to live and grow. God promised me that He would not leave me as an orphan (John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you). You followed your heart and God’s plan, even though I know you were scared. You were the hands and feet of Christ and because you listened to Him, His promise to me was kept.
This tree is a fairly small tree and won’t grow to be as big as many other trees. Each year this tree will only grow about one foot. This tree, like me, takes a little longer to grow. That just means you have all the more time to take in every second of its growth and savor its slow growing beauty. This tree, like me, flowers best in full sun. You have provided me with a life of everlasting sunshine and that is exactly what I need to grow. In late summer, you will notice heart-shaped leaves on this tree. Thank you for opening your heart to me. When you look at these heart-shaped leaves, I hope you remember how much I love you and how thankful I am that you chose to love me. In the fall, the leaves will turn yellow and from a distance they are said to look like tiny yellow flags. They kind of remind me of the flag of my home country, Ukraine. When you see these tiny yellow flags in the fall I want you to remember where I came from and know that the only reason I am where I am now is because you wanted me and you did not stop until I was safe at home with you. I am so lucky to have you for my Daddy. You are so patient with me and make me laugh every day. I know you would do anything for me. The best part of all is that now I know I am valued and loved for the rest of my days. I love you Daddy!
Here is Zoya with Daddy at the tree nursery standing in front of the Zoya Tree
At home finding the best spot to plant it!
Zoya also made Daddy this beautiful mosaic stepping stone with her hand print in the middle! It will go right under the tree :)
Zoya helped Daddy plant the tree!
Daddy's Beautiful Angel...