Friday, April 22, 2016

Guess what we have?

Travel dates!  We have our travel dates to go meet Ariya!  We are scheduled to pick up her referral on May 11 and should travel to her region a day or 2 after that.  We are unbelievably excited.

We are very lucky.  We found a woman, a new friend, who organizes charity visits to orphanages and nursing homes in the region of Ariya's institution.  She gathers volunteers and supplies as well as toys and special treats and delivers them to places that are in need.  I admire the giving spirit of this woman and look forward to meeting her.  Anyway, this past weekend she traveled to Ariya's orphanage with supplies, crafts, and goodies and we asked her to keep an eye out for our girl.  To our excitement she was able to take several pictures of her as well as get a few glimpses of her on video.  The best part, the part that makes me so grateful we are traveling soon is that Ariya wrapped her arms around this woman's neck and asked if she was her mom.  She had to tell her "no".  She said Ariya is happy, kind, and likes hugs.
That this child still seeks out affection and seeks out a mom warms my heart.  Her little spirit has not been crushed in spite of all she has been through.  That to me is a miracle.  It is a miracle that our new friend has been delivering goods to this place not just once this year, but this was the 3rd trip this year!  She gave love to Ariya even just for a short time.  
Soon!  

If you would like to support our adoption feel free to donate HERE or send cash/checks to
2162 52nd Ave.
Zeeland, MI  49464

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