May 8, 2003

I think we’ve found her!

Filed under: How did we find Rani? — Tamra @ 5:05 pm

We think we have found our daughter! I am so excited! I found little
Ranigandha (born 7/31/01) in a text listing for Asian kids. Turns out she
is from INDIA! Yay exactly where we thought we needed to go! 😀 She has bilateral nystagmus (dancing or wandering eyes)
but is healthy otherwise as far as they can tell.

This is a little about what happened. We had been looking at text listings
and I wrote down a list of 4-5 kids for my husband to look at. Later on when
I wanted to tell him about them, I could only remember one of them, we call
her dancing eyes. 🙂 Yesterday morning I felt such a strong feeling to call
the agency. It was early in the morning but I called anyway. Not only was
she there but she was also editing a video from Rani’s orphanage at the
time. Right after she told me her name she said “Oh my gosh! Ranigandha just
walked onto the tv screen!” WOW! I almost dropped the phone. 😀 I’m
grinning from ear to ear.

The prayers are needed though, because there is a 50/50 chance that we might
not be able to adopt her. #1 because she is close in age to my baby (10 mos
older) and because I allready have 3 kids. Basically it’s up to the
orphanage director. She was right in the middle of telling me to send my
homestudy when it is done and she would then send it to the director for her
ok, when she suddenly stopped and said “No. You know what, I don’t want you
to wait that long. Send me an email telling about your family and why you
want to adopt her and I’ll send it to India right away.” INSERT JAW DROP
HERE! 😀 So I did! She said the email is perfect! Anyway, I would really
appreciate your prayers on our behalf. I am hoping the Lord will give the
director a little nudge just like He did the agency worker. OH WOW! We could
have her home by Christmas if we hurry! Trying not to get too excited, but
it’s hard. And I haven’t even seen her picture yet! *grin*

Now….where to come up with the money? LOL I’ve got some great ideas for fundraising. Maybe I’ll add a donation link to this page *grin*

Just added

I wanted to post the original bio here, since I want to save it for Rani’s Lifebook. Here are the first words I ever read about my daughter.

“Here is her bio

1. Female, 1y 10m, UPDATED-This sweet little girl was born prematurely weighing 1.1 kg. She is a child who is adored by her caretaker who has put much of her time and energy into helping her meet her developmental goals. I have seen this little one on several occasions since her birth and I’ve rarely seen her caretaker without this particular child on her hip. She makes the eyes of this child sparkle when she enters her room.Despite the gains this child is making, she is showing the delays of many children born prematurely. Her development is behind the expectations of a child her age but she is a happy child who continues to try new things and make developmental gains. When I last saw her in early July, she was crawling well and pulling to a stand (this she accomplished occasionally). She was able to make steps holding on to her crib but it was obvious to me that she is weaker than other children her age. She was tracking, manipulating and playing well with toys. She was babbling with hard consonants and her caretaker reported that she was using two words. I am now awaiting updated developmental information. This child has been diagnosed with bilateral congenital nystagmous (often referred to as eyes that dance).
NEW UPDATE: I just returned from a trip to this little one’s children’s home and the delight of the trip was seeing the changes in this beautiful little girl. She is running, using words appropriately, babbling and singing incessantly. She is doing her best to catch-up on her delays and everyone who knows her is just thrilled with her progress. Although she has bilateral nystagmous, this too has improved to such a degree that I, at first, forgot that this was an issue for her. Although she is still a shy child, I realize now that she has become so secure that she uses her shyness as an attention getter. She has become more coy than shy. After a couple of days of being around her, she was running into my arms, sharing giggles and following my examples during play. All she needs now is her family to “discover” her.”

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