Getting ready for this afternoon's family photos. I've been waiting a long time for this day. The sweet people at @sch_india sent this in Dhanya Sri's backpack and she wore it in her passport photo. It makes me feel feelings. 😭😭😭 #nicholsheartindia#sarahscovenanthomes
In all the time we were in the process of getting Dhanya home, I don't think anyone was as excited for her arrival into our family as my Grandmama. They definitely enjoyed each other's company today!!
Closing out a good weekend. On Friday, Zack and I snuck away to a movie for a couple hours, Saturday was as hot as India but filled with great family time, and today we hung with our church family and I got to deep-clean the upstairs of the house (my favorite hobby!!).
We had a big experiment today. We don't usually do crazy things like "be outdoors", but as much as the girls like swimming pools, we thought we'd give a water park a try. I don't know if we'll ever, ever, ever go again, but it was overall more fun than miserable 😅#indoorsyfamily
"And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." Isaiah 58:10 (Fighting injustice for women in 12 underdeveloped countries is reason enough, but August hostesses get extra freebies since it's Fall launch, and that's cool too. Link in profile.)
4 weeks ago today, we walked down a street from our hotel in Ongole to the local DCPU office. Dhanya had been with us for less than 24 hours, and not even legally ours yet. This was the day she became ours "on paper". It makes my heart hurt so bad to remember this day though. It wasn't until a few days ago I could even look at these photos. This is the reality of adoption though: a beautiful day for us, but a scary one for her. We were still strangers, and she had been taken away from the only place and people she had ever really known. We walked into a lady's office, a lady we still only know as "Madame", and walked out a few minutes later a family of 4. By the sheer grace and mercy of God, really good education from our agency, and the wonderful place she had lived before she became a Nichols, the girl in these photos is not the same girl that is bouncing all over our house today. The transition home hasn't been without its stress, but we can't imagine our lives any other way now! She is so happy, and she is HILARIOUS! She told us last night she knew how to cook boogers for us, except she used the Telugu word for "boogers", and laughed so hard at her little joke. (She's a Nichols, no doubt!) God continues to show us the testimony He is preparing for her. She's basically a walking miracle, but that will be her story to tell one day :) And that's my word vomit for today. Here's some photos from our day at yet another Indian government building!
It's a good morning to make immunization appts, dentist appts, follow-up international adoption clinic appts, work on Noonday, go get a quick eye exam, check school emails, and get caught up on life. Mom life with a side of latte. 👨👩👧👧☕️