Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Unbridled Joy

The other day, some visitors came to the foster home and really connected with Julia. They asked her what she would like for a gift. Julia politely declined answering the question, but the visitors persisted:

"What would you like?"
"I will count to three. If you don't tell me by three, I won't be able to get you anything."
"Really, a dress? What color?"
The very next day, they brought Julia a purple dress.
We were able to take these pictures as Julia saw the dress for the first time. The unbridled joy on her face is absolutely priceless. All it took was a little dress... It's as simple as a dress, yet it is so much more. Their kind act made Julia feel incredibly loved, valued, and beautiful. Our sponsors -- whether they ever meet their sponsored child or not -- play such an important role in making our children feel special.


  1. How absolutely beautiful is that!!! I'm beaming with her!!!

  2. Julia is such a cutie pie! :) Her smile is contagious! Thanks for sharing these great pictures!

  3. Just WAY too precious! That story totally made my day!! Sweet Julia...so happy that she is feel'in the love! I adore the photos of her beaming smile...I can feel her happiness from here! :)

  4. I'm just loving this! It really made me cry! I cannot imagine seeing a happier face on a child! That smile could light up the world!