Yesterday Rani turned six years old. I can’t believe it has already been three years since we travelled to bring her home. We met her for the very first time on her third birthday and it was a magical moment. Many of you, my longtime readers, may remember how difficult our initial transition was but sitting here now I can hardly believe it happened that way. Rani has now been in our care longer than the time she spent in the orphanage. How glorious is that! My only regret is that I was not able to adopt another child from her country so that she could have a sister close to her age.
The day began with french toast in bed, Rani’s favorite breakfast. Then I told her the story of her adoption and there were a lot of tears and hugging. After that we looked through her special adoption box which contains the outfit she was wearing, the items she was sent home with and the little lifebook that her orphanage gave her. We read through the lifebook and enjoyed looking at the pictures of India and especially at the picture of her beloved caretaker that she had such a hard time letting go. Then we painted her feet red in true Indian tradition and I let her wear the bright red nail polish and lipstick that had been her play-make-up in the orphanage. We snapped a few pictures and I still can’t believe how much older she looks. Later we had a party with presents and family. It was a wonderful day.
Here are direct links to her other special days.
Original Gotcha day 3rd birthday
1st Gotcha day 4th birthday
2nd Gotcha day 5th birthday
OK I had to add this. This is a picture of Rani wearing the before-mentioned lipstick in the orphanage about a month before she came home
And here she is now