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Friday, March 15, 2019

Following Their Dreams of Dance

I'm so far behind on posting, and haven't posted some of our most recent amazing adventures.  This is one I don't want to miss, though! 

Right after Christmas, the girls were part of the Dancing in the Streets performance of the Nutcracker.  Each girl got to be the lead in their own dance, and they danced together in a few dances as well.  They had such a wonderful time and are still talking about it, even though it's been a few months.  The girls looked beautiful and were truly glowing.  They did a fantastic job.  

We are so thankful for Dancing in the Streets and all they do for not only our girls, but also the children in our community.  They see the beauty in each dancer and push each girl or boy to be their best.  If you'd like to donate to their organization, or learn more about what they do, you can visit  Here are some photos and videos from their performance.

Deena's Solo

Ramya's Solo

Madi's Solo

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Beauty from Ashes

From best friends and crib-mates to sisters. My girls lost everything. They lost their families when they were brought in to the orphanage. They lost their friends, caregivers, language, and culture when we brought them here. Though they now have the medial care they needed, a family that loves them fiercely and advocates for them, more than enough food, new friends, a good education, etc...., we can’t take away the loss or trauma they experienced. Adoption can have gain, but it’s deeply routed in loss. I’m thankful that they will always have each other.

(For those of you wondering, Deena was in Ramya's third orphanage.  They were best friends for the almost year that Ramya was there before coming home.  I met Deena on my trip to bring Ramya home.  Shortly after my return, we decided to try and adopt Deena.  The process took about 2 1/2 (very long) years.)