This is the first blog of which will  number more than we can imagine and is dedicated to our adoptive daughter Shruti.  We know the Lord loves her with a devine love.  She was born in 2006 and we truly believe that HE has an amazing plan for her life.  She is from India, she has been an orphan since birth.  However, she has never been an orphan without a father – her heavenly Father, whom we believe has given her life and graciously placed her in our lives to be our daughter.    I cannot answer why it’s been such a harsh beginning for her.  The fallen nature of mankind allows for pain and suffering to a level that is incomprehensible.  Although it’s been a long hard journey for her…. we hope she will one day be safe in our arms and on the road to healing from the life she has lived in an orphanage.    We are almost done with our home study.  She does not even know yet that we exist.  Each night she goes to bed alone without a mom to lay next to her and pray with her.  Undoubtedly, she would not even understand why we would want to be with her.  She has most likely not experienced much comfort when she was sick or sad….but she is not without several if not many roomates.  Lonely – but never alone.   Each day is one day closer to her being with us – her forever family.

This week, Lisa, the director of our adoption agency, went to India.  With her, she took Shruti’s family book.  This is the book that adoptive families put together to give their adoptive child a “snap shot” of what their family is like.  The book tells them things like, what the family likes to do, identifies siblings and extended family like grandma and grandpa and shows them the home they will live in.  Lisa said that Shruti is somewhat overwhelmed at this moment and she wasn’t quite sure how much Shruti understood.  We sent a dress for her, a pink teddy bear, pink blanket, her family book and one of those Hallmark books that you record for the child so they can listen to your voice over and over.   I can only imagine what it’s like for a 6 year old. [Shruti’s birthday was April 29th].  How does a child of this age “process”… “you have a family”….. What?  You mean these friends I have here at the orphanage aren’t my family?  What is a family?  We are praying that the Lord is preparing her heart for us and that she has a soft heart to these things and has become hardened by orphanage life.   Our dates seem as though we might be able to get her as early as November, but we are praying for October because her initial imigration paperwork expires in early November.   By the way, the picture of her here is the most recent picture we rec’d the day Lisa told her about us… We love her so much…

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