Saturday, June 18, 2011

Alesha's Adoption Video

My husband completed our adoption video for Alesha. Adoption is truly a miracle and we are so blessed and thankful to have our little princess. Below is my husband's explanation on his song choices.

So after a year I finally put together a slideshow from our adoption of Alesha (May 2010)

The first song is U2's "40". (Can you ever really go wrong with U2?) I chose that song because it communicates not only the long wait to get Alesha (2.5 years) but also the new work that God had done in our lives that gave us the heart for adoption. As we waited for two and a half years, we sang, "How long to sing this song?" Yet at the same time we rejoiced in singing a new song..."He brought me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay...He set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm" God set me free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol, He put a new song in my heart!

I chose Beck's "Broken Drum" because it seems to capture some of the haunting aspects of India that April and I experienced. We're haunted by both the oppressive poverty and injustice we saw when we were there in 2008 and when we picked Alesha up last year. We're also haunted by the sheer beauty of Mother India! Her beauty really is indescribable.

Finally, I chose Cold Play's "The Scientist" because it captures some of the grieving that we went through as a family in those early days with Alesha. Honestly, I would say those early days with her were more about grief than anything else.

I hope you enjoy this video, I pray God speaks to your heart through it. I hope you'll see it for the miracle that it truly is.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Meeting friends

Today, Alesha and I were able to connect with another Dillon family who was visiting from out of state. We met the Shah family at a local park and had a chance to finally meet face to face.  Both of our daughters are from the same orphanage.  It was so fun to watch the girl together and talk about adoption.  Everybody was so busy running around it was hard to get photos.  Thank you Shah family for making time to meet with us.  We look forward to more visits in years to come.

Brie, we are so sorry that your little one is sick.  We missed you!  See you August!
Alesha and Liya


Me, Alesha, Shefali and Liya

Look at those curls!  Blogger won't post this in the right direction - Uhg!

Alesha, running about.

I love the look on Liya's face - it is as if she is saying "Alesha, why are you putting those bubbles on your shoe? :-)

Liya has such a great smile - Blogger is messing with me again!

Shefali and Liya - with husband and boys in background