On December 21, 2012, we experienced a tragedy that forever changed our lives and the lives of the children we were forced to leave behind. The Dima Yakovlev law intended to severe our ties to these children, however, our love knows no bounds. As the American parents of the children who remain in orphanages and institutions on this second Christmas apart, we share the following hopes and wishes for this day and every day forward.
To our beloved children:
It is every parent’s hope they will leave this world a better place for their children. Beyond our primary goal of ensuring you are cared for and loved, we wish so deeply for your life to be better, easier, and even more fulfilling than our own. The reality of being unable to provide you these opportunities, toinfluence your future and ensure your happiness, continues to be unimaginable.