We don't have any photos of our girls' first mothers. We will likely never have the chance to communicate with them either. But we are so indebted to them for the gift of our daughters. In the complex swirl of factors that cause a woman to make an agonizing, heart-rending choice, somehow we have ended up as the beneficiaries of their difficult or painful circumstances.
In a perfect world, adoption would not exist. In a perfect world, women (and men) would have the resources, support, and ability to keep their children. But this world is far from perfect . . .
In our broken world, however, God is still at work. In the darkest circumstances, God can weave something glorious and redemptive. The word "weave" is apt -- our lives are forever woven into a fabric that includes our daughters, their first parents, and the women who cared for them in orphanages.
I grieve for the factors that led our daughter's first mothers to say goodbye to their babies. I wonder how often they think of these sparkling black eyes and silky raven hair. I wonder if there is a hole in their hearts that can never be filled. I know that our delight in our girls came at a high cost to them.
I think of Pinki, the young ayah who cried as we prepared to take Anya Rashi away from the orphanage. And of Sumi, the woman who asked us if we were going to change Kavya's name, whose eyes filled with tears as she said goodbye to the girl she'd held for 2 1/2 years.
|Kavya and Sumi|
And I think of the Sisters who shone the love of Christ on our daughter with such tenderness. And of Doctor Sister Gladys, who nursed our daughter through meningitis as an infant, and through surgery as a 6-month-old baby.
|Sister Cynthia and Kavya|
|Sister Lucy and Kavya|
|Kavya's prayer and goodbye service.|