About Me


I'm Natalya and I was adopted from Russia when I was 17 months old. I have a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, six younger adopted sisters, and two rescue dogs from Ukraine. I am also an Christian writer.

 This blog started in 2016, two years after I traveled to Ukraine for the adoption of two of my sisters. Since that trip, I have spread awareness about the plight of aging-out orphans of Eastern Europe. I recognize the blessings I have been given through adoption and I would like to share them with others.

I am a disability advocate. All of my sisters and I have some kind of special-need including: varying forms of Cerebral Palsy, Spina bifida, Epilepsy, Scoliosis, and Profound Deafness with a Cochlear Implant.

I am a writer. My writing has appeared in an anthology by the Living Poets Society of New Jersey, The Tab, and adoption-related blogs. On my blog you will find posts ranging from adoption, disability advocacy to politics and book or KDrama recommendations. I am an aspiring historical fiction author, who loves period dramas or any story that lingers in my thoughts long after it has ended.

Most importantly, I am an Evangelical Christian. I believe God rescued me out of a Russian orphanage for a reason. It is my desire to honor Him in my work in orphan ministry, as a disability advocate, and in my writing. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please become a member by clicking the little dark purple boxes next to the  Become a Member button(Found below the Check These Out section on the right sidebar).



  1. Hmmm . . . I don't see the button to click to "join."


    1. Hi Kathy,
      I have tried replacing the "Members" button with a "Followers" button. I have placed it where the Members heading used to be (underneath Check These Out!) If you see it, please try clicking the blue Join This Site button. This should let you join the blog. Please let me know if this new button works. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  2. Hi Sasha!

    I'm sorry to have been so slow responding -- this is the first opportunity I've had to actually look at your site from my laptop for quite a while. Looks like the "Followers" button is working now!

    My oldest daughter introduced me to RR in the fall of 2010. I have followed the blogs of numerous adopting families . . . and, in the last couple of years, I have especially wondered about the perspective of the adopted special needs (former) orphans as they become adults. Yours is the first blog I've found (that writes from that particular perspective), which makes it special to me.

    I've read a lot of adult adoptee blogs written by healthy individuals adopted as infants, mostly from unwed mothers, and I've wondered if the same frustration they seem to feel applies to SN adoptees from non-US orphanages. These orphans are already separated from their parents . . . living in (in many cases) less-than-humane situations, with no recourse.

    If you know any other adult adoptee bloggers with backgrounds like yours -- adoptees with special needs, adopted from various institutions around the world, I would love to read their blogs, too.

    Thanks again for your blog, and for enabling me to follow it!