Day 4 - Love, Daddy
July 9, 2007
Dear Neti and Meke
Because of your age you may not have a complete understanding of the significance of this day in your life. One day, I pray you’ll read this and understand.
Although today we met face-to-face for the first time, this isn’t the beginning of our relationship. You were born in our hearts long before we knew your name or saw your face. Something mysterious and unexplainable happened. For over nine months our household has felt like members of the family were missing. Our family has been unfinished without you with us. Not a day has gone by where we didn’t think of you, pray for you, or dream of the day we’d meet and bring you home.
That day has finally come. We commit to protect you, meet your needs, teach you, shape you, discipline you, and love you.
You are ours.
God has given you to us!
The fact that you are joining us later than normal doesn’t make you less a member of our family. Your skin color does not make you second-class daughters. This isn’t a trial run. We aren’t “trying you on” to see how it goes. This is for keeps. There’s no need to earn your position in the family. You are our daughters – fully members of the family. We love you. We commit to you no matter what the future holds. You are ours.
Our arms were made to embrace you. Our hearts were made to hold you. And like every member of this family, I will lay down my life for you.
If the day ever comes where you hear someone saying hurtful things…If ever you question whether you belong…If anything tries to rob you of your rightful place …If people tell you otherwise…
Let there be no confusion…
Our love remains.
God has given you to us.
You are ours.