Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Close Friend

Our daughter Hannah has a friend. Her name is Kerry. You can see the two of them together in this photo with Kerry on the right and Hannah on the left. We have several pictures of them together. In all of them they seem to be close friends. Hannah hasn't seen her friend for a while because last year, Kerry was adopted by her forever family and lives in Kentucky. Her mom, Virginia, put the pictures of these two on a website for families who have adopted from this orphange, we found them, and have been communicating with her ever since. She has been a great source of encouragement for us.

You can imagine how thrilled we were when we found out that they would be driving through Georgia on their way to Florida not too long ago. We took the opportunity to meet and have dinner with them as they drove through. What a precious time we had with Kerry, Virginia, and Virginia's parents. I cannot express to you what a blessing it was to meet them. Kerry is a sweet, adorable little girl. She was very good even though she had been riding in the car all day. Virginia is a great mom and quite an example for me. Before we said good-bye, we took a few photos and gave hugs. Here is a picture of Kerry and her mom.

We had a sweet ride home as we rejoiced that we now know someone who knows our daughter. And as I ponder all of this in my heart, I praise God for His goodness to these two little ones. We realize that this is a rare and very special gift that God has given to us. There must be many children who develop special friendships while they are in orphanages, but how many of them are able to reconnect after they are adopted? Does Hannah miss her friend? I imagine that she does, but we hope to give her a chance to visit Kerry later this year. What a special reunion that will be.

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Prov. 18:24

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17.

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