Dear Cynthia and Randolph Nelson and A Child Waits Committee:
I am writing to thank you for the generous grant you awarded to my family. I was at the end of my adoption process and ready to travel to India in September of this year but I still had the last portion of money due. Your foundation was there to assist me during this crucial time. You made sure the grant was issued at a rapid pace so payments could be made before I left the country. I am so grateful for people like you!
My beautiful daughter, Meena, will be 4 years old in January 2013. She has been home for only three months. I was able to stay home with Meena until November 26th. She had many doctors appointments and medical testing done. It was confirmed that she is profoundly deaf. She is learning Sign Language at an incredibly fast rate, she has an expressive vocabulary of approximately 260 words! Cardiologists determined that Meena had a different heart condition than what was diagnosed in India. She had a PDA- Patent Ductus Arteriosis. This required an open surgical procedure which was performed at our local children's hospital on November 1st. Meena has recovered well from the surgery. Now that all the major medical issues have been taken care of, she will begin receiving educational services from our local school system.
Meena is a happy little girl who has adjusted well to her new family; mom and 6 year old brother. She has enjoyed many firsts- Halloween, Thanksgiving, a trip to sit on Santa's lap, being able to communicate, living in a home, having personal space, clothes, toys and a choice of foods to eat. She has a resilient spirit that has allowed her to take in all these wonderful experiences with a smile! I so often wonder what she is thinking~ but there's one thing I know about my daughter. The first week she was home, two deer ran across our yard. Meena looked at me with huge eyes and signed "elephant"! I signed to Meena that they were not elephants but deer. In my heart I thought: "you are not in India anymore!!!"Meena is home thanks to generous people like you.
Mom to two beautiful children through adoption