Adopting Masha

Organized by: Lisa Molnar

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THE STORY:

This summer our family stepped out in faith and hosted a 14 year old orphan girl from the Ukraine. The picture above was at the San Francisco airport at 2am the day Masha arrived. When Masha came to the US she knew very little English but the one word she did know was NO. She used NO for everything. Would you like to go to the store to buy some clothes? NO! Do you like peaches? NO! Would you like to go to the beach? NO! After a few days I realized that Masha's NO didn't mean NO, it meant I DON'T KNOW. She had never experienced or tried any of the things we were exposing her to and the only word she knew was NO. We soon realized Masha was game for anything. The bravery and determination of this child is inspiring. My family lives in San Diego and all of my boys including my husband love to surf and we go to the beach almost every day. The first day we were headed to the beach with Masha I thought it would be a good idea to drive her down our Carlsbad coast so she could take in the beauty. Seeing the waves crashing on the shore must have terrified her because when it was time to get out of the car she said "NO beach", so we went for ice cream instead. Below is a picture of Masha playing in the water up to her waist on her first day at the beach. On our second day at the beach Masha was boogie boarding and I was a nervous wreck because she didn't know how to swim. I hired a private swimming lessons teacher that day. Masha wanted to learn to swim so she was excited about taking lessons. The first day she was nervous so I went in the pool with her to make her feel more secure. Masha was so determined to learn to swim that after 3 lessons she was swimming the length of the pool. Masha has a very determined spirit. She doesn't give up. We have tried to instill this quality in our boys but Masha's drive is different. Masha's drive comes from within her. She needs no outside motivation because she has taken care of herself since she lost her parents years ago. Masha's fierce drive to succeed in whatever she does from learning to swim, beating the boys in ping pong, to practicing her English quietly in her room until midnight, makes me know she will do great in America with encouragement from a family. We believe it is no accident that in 6 weeks this child became a sister to our boys and a daughter to Adam and me. When Masha had to leave our family to go back to the Ukraine it was terrible. Masha cried for two solid days before she left and my boys and I felt like there was a death in our family. Our dog Bella still goes in Masha's room looking for her... The statistics are not good for the future of an orphan girl in the Ukraine. Orphan's age out (graduate) of their orphanage or group home at 16 years old. Masha had good reason to be afraid to return to the Ukraine at the end of the summer. Studies suggest that 60% or more of “graduating” girls enter prostitution, and over 50% of boys eventually become incarcerated after leaving an orphanage/group home. The post-orphanage future is not bright in Ukraine for most of these orphan children. We love Masha and want her to be part of our family. Her future will be bright and full of opportunity in our loving family. Our adoption will cost approximately $30,000. We would really appreciate any help you can give in her adoption. We can't do this alone, thank you! Love, The Molnar's

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