Sunday, March 9, 2008

Mother`s day!

Happy Anniversary to all of you, Mothers and Mothers-to-be! March 8, was a special day in Kazakhstan (and Romania) everybody celebrated The Mother`s Day! A celebration of the unconditional treasure of the Mother`s love!
The children from the orphanage had a little paintings exhibition for The Mother`s day!

As a woman who had just a dog and a husband a week ago, this day was truly so special to me – the new mother of two children! Many years ago, as any other woman, I was dreaming of the day when I will hold my child! I always thought is going to be in the small maternity of my natal city in Romania! A special day which would have been marked in the calendar months before, surrounded by parents, relatives and friends! Enjoying the miracle of the first feeding, first cry and then, the first smile! Watching my baby growing day by day! Just simple joys of life!

Six years ago, I never thought I will move to the United States to get married and I will find my children in Middle Asia in Kazakhstan. Today, I wish my parents would be here to share my tears of joy! Because, yes, I did find my children! It was a long road, but it was the destiny which brought us together. Our finger prints have been rejected 3 times; my agency coordinator had to relocate and we could not have been in touch for one week; a month ago our letter of invitation was waiting in the city of Arkalyk; our flight has been delayed!

There were so many days when we lost our hope! And now, we know for sure, everything happened because we were meant to be today, together!

And when I look in my children`s eyes, and laugh at their laugh, I find a clear answer to all my fears: no, it did not happened as I was expecting, I did not give them the gift of life, they are not blood from our blood, they don`t even get upset when I leave yet, but I know for sure, what I feel, it is love, and it does grow day by day. With no doubts, it is a truly mother’s love. A love I was so much longing to give.

And reading with my children, from a nursery rhyme book, I feel nothing, but joy!
“Row, row, row your boat.
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily.
Life is but a dream”.


dnd82001 said...

Oh my god - your are so wonderful and have brought tears of joy to me and others who are so very happy for you!

This is the best Mother's Day for you & one you will remember for ever. Blessings to you & your family mommy!!!


Trudi said...

Catalina - I have tears of joy for the four of you too. What a beautiful blessing to all. Somehow life never unfolds in a straight, expected line - and that's what makes it wonderful for those who embrace it. Happy Mother's Day.

Brad and Stacy said...

Okay I need my tissues now. It is right, after all of the ups and downs you are truly united with your children!!! Twice is nice!! Congrats again!

Monica said...

Awww... such a HAPPY day! How wonderful to be there for that special day and you'll get to come home and celebrate Mother's Day again here in May.

I was thinking of you because I just happened upon this site that may be useful to you when you are back in NY:

Continued best wishes to you!

Matthew and Suzanne said...

Happy Mother's Day to you. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing.

Yes, I love John Lennen's quote "Life is what happens to you while you were making other plans." So true. And usually, what life brings is more terrible and more wonderful than we could have ever imagined or planned on our own.

Patrick & Eileen said...

Catalina....well you brought tears to my eyes too. What a special joy for you to be with your little ones on Women's Day!!

Like you I wish my mother were here. To know the change of path we have taken with adoption and to be here for all the steps our child will make. I so pictured it differently as well.

I know how you feel. But I think my mother and your parents are with us and watching us too.

You have been twice blessed!!

Susan said...

Happy Woman's day indeed!! You are such a wonderful lady-and I am so happy for you. :) I love the pictures today--what great shots! I love the close up of Yulia-she is a real sweetie. SO HAPPY FOR YOU. :)

You are indeed blessed. Life will never ever be the same . :)

Laura said...

What a wonderful post! I am so glad that you are starting to bond and connect with your children. I am sure that your parents would be proud and know what a wonderful mother you are. So many memories come back to me when I see the picture of your daughter in the pink room at the babyhouse. They are both such cuties!

Regina said...

I just put on my make up and came to check your blog. Now I have to fix my eye makeup because it's running down my face.

If life were so predictable, it might be a big boring, no? :-)

I am so happy that you finally found YOUR children and that your heart is bursting with love for them. There is so much love to give and I'm sure they are so ready to receive it! In no time they will grow to trust you and give you their hearts completely.

A very happy Mother's Day to you!

McMary said...

Your feelings are so inspiring--you have so much love to give and it just shows through in your writing so I am sure your children feel it even more.
You and Calin were meant to be parents to these two lovely children. Happy Mother's Day.
God's blessings to you!

yeomans2kaz said...

Oh Catalina, that was beautifully said - I might even be getting all teary eyed after reading it. (Now I will definitely have to wake Sara up to leave a comment or it would ruin my macho image).


Allyson said...

My favorite song to sing to Nika is Merrily merrily, merrily life is but a dream.........I share your sentiment and couldn't be happier for you.

Kristan and Mark said...

I am sitting here all teary eyed at your very heartfelt post.

You and your children are blessed to have found each other.

yeomans2kaz said...

Catalina, that was simply beautiful! You have such a way with words and went straight to the core of what many of us are feeling and experiencing in this adventure. This is a happy day indeed... Happy Mother's Day to you!


P.S. The fact that you brought Julian to tears speaks volumes! :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Mother's Day, Catalina! That was one of the most beautiful writings on what being a mother is that I have ever read. Thank you so much for inspiring us all. Thank you for proving that though Yulia and Gabriel were not born under your heart, they were absolutely born in your heart. That fierce and loyal love will astound you as it continues to grow.

Muriel and Jerry said...

Lovely post and happy mother's day.

Karen said...

Hi Catalina:

Congratulations--beautiful children--imagine that you are now the mama of two!!!!

So sorry we missed you in Amsterdam and Almaty. When we heard you had to travel to Dubai, my husband was jealous. He thought that would be a cool country to travel to. I told him that we had spent enough time on the plane and that going to Dubai would have to happen another time. Hopefully we'll meet up in Almaty in late March? Let's keep in touch!

Very happy for you.


Kelly and Sne said...

Ok - you just made me cry over my breakfast! I love the photos of your children - both of them have such infectious smiles (even Gabriel's sly little grin with his balloons). It still blows my mind how fate takes charge and sculpts your life in the way it was meant to be. Congratulations on finding each other - the four of you. And Happy Happy Mother's Day Catalina.

Jennifer M said...

That is the sweetest post! It brought tears to my eyes. I can truly feel your joy through the words you wrote. Happy Mother's Day!

Sandi said...

Catalina- You have truly brought tears of joy as I can feel the love you have for you two babies. How amazing that you are now a full family, one that will bring many years of joy and excitement.

Many well wishes on your special day.


Joby & Marla said...

I was so happy to read that you decided to make these two siblings part of your family. Did you get your boy some new shoes?

Your story gives hope to all us PAP's still waiting!

Hey, you get to celebrate Mother's Day twice this year.


Jen & Marshall said...

What a beautiful, loving post. You are amazing and your children are so lucky you found them. We are sure they will continue to brighten your lives forever. What a long road - we are so happy for you!

TanyaLea said...

Beautifully spoken! And 'yes'...God knows the plans he has for us, and His timing was meant to be now, so that you could be united with YOUR beautiful children... now a true family of four! "For such a time as this" !!! Congrats again, and Happy Kazak Mother's Day!!


Chris and Tricia said...

Beautiful. Your story gives hope to people out there experiencing the bumps in the road. So happy for you all.

Shannon said...

Oh Catalina, that was a beautiful post. Row Your Boat is the perfect metaphor for this entire process - how insightful of you!

I'm thinking of you from Taraz!