I encourage you to take a minute and watch the next short video clip about children from hard places. From everything I understand about the orphange conditions in the Ukraine, I cannot imagine I am going to easily want to maintain as much continuity and familiarity for our children as suggested. I am sure my desire as their mother will be to try to swifly move them into feeling a new familiarity. This video, however, reminded me to think about the children’s losses through their eyes. When they first come home, to them, it may seem as if everything familiar (no matter how bad) has been removed or taken from them. Familiar smells, familiar foods, familiar language, familiar music, familiar faces. They are going to be thrown head first into a new culture with new grown-ups and kids whom they have never seen before. Even as an adult who knows Christ, that would be hard for me to transition easily and without some sort of resistance. I am so humbled to get even just a small glimpse of the sacrifice Christ made by leaving a sinless heaven where there is no pain, death, or evil in order to come to earth for me. What a rotten place earth must have looked like to Jesus. I can imagine that the orphanage may look like a rotten place to me, but to my children in the Ukraine, it may be the only stable familiar thing they have ever known.