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A Letter From Dad: Love Starts Here

“Love Starts Here” is our inspiration and our year-end theme, and this December we have been sharing stories that demonstrate LOVE in action. The final story we want to share for 2014 comes from Jasmine, a girl near and dear to our hearts.


Jasmine was formerly in LWB’s Believe in Me school in Liupanshui as “Lauren” and was adopted just before she turned 14 — the age at which orphaned children in China are no longer eligible for adoption. Now, Jasmine lives with her family in the United States and has been writing a blog.  Her latest entry beautifully illustrates how “Love Starts Here”.

Jasmine parents

Jasmine’s mother, Lisa, prefaces her blog with this background information:

In our care package to Jasmine at the orphanage, Dan sent Jasmine a letter.  He prayed and prayed about what he should say. Months after Jasmine was home, she shared with me how much that letter from her daddy had meant to her. 


Dan started the letter by saying “To my beautiful daughter”. Jasmine told me she had always been told how ugly she was and that she read her daddy’s words over and over again and believed them. 

Lauren smiling

Jasmine’s heart was moved by a letter written by her daddy whom she had never even met, but she believed his words.  She told me she took his letter out time and time again and read the words and cried because she was so happy he was coming for her.  She said the nannies would say, “What if they don’t make it in time?” and Jasmine would reply, “They are coming.  My daddy told me so.”

I Got A Letter
When I heard that there was a family going to adopted me, I was very happy! Then a couple of days later the family who was going to adopt me sent me some stuff. I felt very happy! They gave me some clothes, pants, and a pink bear. I liked it very much!

I also got a letter. It’s from Dad. When I saw the letter, I felt so touched that I cried. Never had people said that I am very pretty and beautiful!

That was the first time I got a letter that good. I really felt touched by the letter. I never thought that people would say things like that (“she is beautiful”). I thought that Dad is a very very good dad!


I love you, Dad!

~Jasmine Ellsbury

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  • ElisaCriden says:

    Hi Jasmine – you truly are beautiful! So happy for your whole family. I would love to read more about you. Please post more entries! We have three children adopted from China: two girls (ages 15 and 12) and a boy (age 10). They were adopted when they were very young, so cannot remember living in China. It’s interesting to read about what older adoptees have to say about their life before joining their families.

    Happy Holidays,