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Welcome to the Family!

Posted by on June 21, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the adoption of precious daughter, Mansi! 

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Photo credit: Vasudha Sagar

Mansi (“Mon-see”) is 3 years old and was born in Uttar Pradesh, India. As of May 5, 2016, we passed court and are officially Mansi’s parents! For the past two months we have had the joy of getting to know Mansi, and let me tell you: she has a zesty personality! We love her contagious laughter, her compassionate heart and her sense of fun.

Mansi loves swimming, dancing to Jai Ho, making pretend chai, singing ‘Yeshu Masih’ (worship) songs and looking at photos of loved ones. She asks us hard questions about physics and weather and street children. Mansi dares us to act with integrity, kindness and silliness from dawn to dusk. (Actually more like 9 am -10 pm, but more on Indian schedules another day). Friends, my heart melts when I see Mansi and Varun (‘Papa’) goofing off or Mansi bringing a ‘crying’ stuffed animal to Papa for comfort.

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Photo credit: Vasudha Sagar

At the same time, I want to tell you that it has been hard. We have been learning to be parents far from our own home, and caring for a grieving toddler while navigating an extraordinarily chaotic and frustrating adoption process. There have been long days and long nights; but God has given grace and love enough for each.

Take for example this photoshoot: it was 8 am, 40C/104F and we had woken up at 3 am to arrive at the Taj Mahal before it became ‘too hot’. Mansi was one gummy candy away from a meltdown and she could not grasp the splendour of the 500 year old architectural marvel which she refers to as, ‘the big white building’. This photo shoot was basically powered by sugar, baby-wearing and promises of more monkey-sightings.

{Massive thanks to my dear sister-in-law, Vasudha, for engineering this photoshoot. From encouraging us to make the trek to the Taj Mahal, to helping us pick out outfits to shooting and editing these amazing pics, this was truly a labour of love!}

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Photo credit: Vasudha Sagar

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Photo credit: Vasudha Sagar

And so, four years after we began the process of adoption, we are overjoyed to be embarking on the journey of Life as Family of Three. We are eager to return home to Canada and at this point, all we need is Mansi’s Canadian visa and an exit permit. If all goes well, we hope to return home around mid-July!

We’d like to pause and thank you for your love and support throughout this journey. Over the years we have been showered with love through prayers, texts, gifts, visits, donations, midnight phone calls, handmade items, care packages, encouragement, toys… Just two months into parenting we are learning that it truly does take a village to raise a child. Thank you for being Mansi’s village, we cannot wait for you to meet her!

Love from New Delhi,

Amelia, Varun & Mansi

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Photo credit: Vasudha Sagar

14 Responses to Welcome to the Family!

  1. Naomi

    Congratulations! She is a beautiful little girl, and very blessed to have you two as parents. Lovely photos. 🙂

  2. Emily Humphreys

    So happy for the 3 of you!!! It has been a long process but I know that it was worth it. Can’t wait to meet her!

  3. marlise

    Sooo amazing !!!

  4. Kidron

    Beautiful family

  5. Naomi

    What a precious family! I am overjoyed for you! You three have been on my heart and in my prayers, thanks for sharing your journey. So much love!

  6. Tina Verbinnen

    This is amazing. I have tears in my eyes. She is GORGEOUS! I have been praying for all of you the whole time and will continue to do so. May God bless your journey still to come.

  7. jonchui

    Wow, this is so crazy! I can’t believe how Faithful GOD has been guys! i still remember us three childless couples talking & joking & dreaming together around some fresh chai in the basement homes in Vancouver Canada almost 8 years ago. I cannot believe where God has brought us! The best is yet to come!

  8. Renae Dorsey

    Just beautiful!

  9. Jill

    Wow I love it. Thank you Jesus for Your faithfulness! I pray more strength, patience, love and peace over your family.

  10. Yohaan

    Congratulations Varun and Amelia, looking forward to meeting your princess when you get back.

  11. Gina

    Amazing story, thanks for sharing a small part of it here.

  12. NP

    Congrats!! This is great news 🙂

  13. Shanta

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Love all the photos!

  14. Kathleen

    Wow! Congratulations! And praise God! Yeh khabar sun ke mai bahut khush ho gayi aur mujhe asha hai ki ham phir se mil payenge. 🙂

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