Do you remember this little girl from a year ago? Do you remember when I asked you to please go get a measuring tape? I wanted you to see for yourselves how tiny she was, although she was turning eleven years old in November.
I bent in to nuzzle this reeking, stiff, miniature human being, and wondered whether I was the first person to kiss her. “O Lord, have mercy on her and send her a family to love her back to life!” He answered this prayer before twenty-four more hours had passed.
Amelia spent time last winter in the Tokuda Hospital, for nutritional rehabilitation as well as love and affection from the wonderful pediatrician who oversaw her care. She gained a pound during her two weeks in Tokuda.
Jenny, her future mommy, visited her for the first time and saw the difference that one pound had made on Amelia’s tiny frame.
When another adoptive mom saw Amelia in June, a month after the new director of Pleven had assumed her duties, she had obviously gained a bit more! And isn’t she looking longer, too?!
Now she has been home with her large family for almost a month, and just look at this pretty girl! Look at her glowing, healthy skin and hair!
Amelia, it gives me a deep and satisfied joy to know that the Pleven orphanage no longer holds you as it did for so many empty days and years. That little girl you used to be doesn’t exist anymore.
God has had mercy on you, little one. May your new life unmistakably show forth that mercy!