I had the privilege of photographing Cora Lakshmi and her family for a Session of Hope. She is just beautiful and her heart is so full of joy!
Learn more about this precious child and her story, as told by Cora Lakshmi’s mom.
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“ ‘You have less than a 0% chance of conceiving a child.’ Those are words a couple doesn’t expect to hear when they set out on the path to start a family.
As we sat in a cold exam room, that was the reality we were facing. My mind has often gone back to that moment during our adoption journey. In a way I’m thankful that the door on what we thought our family was going to look like was closed so firmly. It opened us up to a different picture. The picture of a little girl waiting in India with beautiful black hair, a smile that could melt anyone, and the most beautiful eyes!
February of 2013, we took an enormous leap of faith and said yes to pursuing a little girl who was then just a few words on the other end of a phone call… “I have the file of a girl who I think is a good match for your family. She’s not yet two years old. Her birthday is the 4th of July. She is blind.”
In April of 2013, when we finally saw her face, any doubts we had melted away.
We climbed mountains of paperwork. We opened our lives for inspection. We waited agonizing months in limbo. But we knew that we were fighting for our girl to finally know the love of a forever family.
We celebrated birthdays without her to blow out first 2 and then 3 candles. We prayed. And we prayed. And we prayed.
“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has, but if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25
On April 13, 2015, almost exactly 2 years from the moment we saw her tiny baby picture, we were in India, sitting in the orphanage director’s office, and hearing our daughter’s shoes slap on the tile floor. Her tiny voice echoed down the hall saying, “Mommy Daddy coming!” Our hearts leapt and the picture of our family that we thought had been shattered in a cold doctor’s office was suddenly crystal clear.
We suspect that Cora Lakshmi has a genetic syndrome called Stickler Syndrome that caused both of her retinas to detach at an early age. As a result, Cora Lakshmi can only see light. Her visual world is either bright white or total darkness.
She also has a diagnosis of Congenital Glaucoma and high pressures inside her eyes caused them to become thick with scar tissue and appear opaque.
Cora Lakshmi is a brave, smart, funny little girl. Her joy radiates and brightens the world around her. She loves to sing and she dances with every step!
Blindness does not slow her down at all! In fact, she doesn’t think she is any different from any other kid. She thinks everyone sees like she does! We think Cora Lakshmi is absolutely beautiful just the way she is and we can’t wait to see the enormous plans God has in store for her!
We feel blessed beyond measure that God chose us to be her Mommy and Daddy!
“The Lord, your God, is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
We are so thankful to Jennifer for capturing Cora Lakshmi’s beauty perfectly in these photos. You have a gift for showcasing these children of hope in the way that God sees them. Bless you for the work you are doing!”
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Jennifer Rutledge offers Sessions of Hope for families with children facing life challenges in the Central Mississippi and surrounding areas
including, but not limited to, Brandon, Canton, Clinton, Jackson and Madison.
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