The Marvelous Journey Home
I finally read this book and highly recommend it not just to parents who are adopting from Russia but to anyone. This is an incredibly amazing and crazy story at the same time. Any of you who have stayed at the Vlad Inn probably know about the book and its author.
John M. Simmons, the author of the book, and his wife are the proud parents of 9 children (6 adopted, 5 of which from The Vladivostok area) and I can only admire them for what they have done for these children.
Jason and I were lucky to meet John, two of his sons and his brother on our 2nd trip to Vlad when we picked up our son. They were staying at the Vlad Inn as well. John brought his sons this time (he visits quite often) to see where their sisters were from.
John visits Vladivostok and the orphanages his kids are from as often as he can.
The funny part is that the book talks about the orphanages in Pataizansk, particularly about the baby hospital there. The same hospital our son spent the first 12 months of his life. Not only that, one of the coordinators is the one that helped us, the orphanage director – the same doctor that took care of our baby. So… maybe I am bias but this book has a very special meaning to me just because of where the events are happening.
Oh and yes, when you read it, believe everything you read. YES, it is that crazy and truly amazing at the same time (but those of you who are on the “Russian adoption road” already know that!
I have not read the 2nd book, Katya's Prayer, but have heard the story personally from the author. I couldn't stop crying when I was listening to it, not because it was sad but because it was so amazing and out of this world.