“I believe that love matters most so I try to spread more love.” The statement comes from Kristen Williams, a teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, who has a heart for adoption the size of India.
Williams has adopted two little girls from India who have endured trauma that no human should have to face. Under their mother’s loving, faithful care, both girls are blossoming into confident young women with bright futures ahead.
It's funny how the older you get, the things you want most aren't material. Celebrating my birthday with the two people I love most ❤️ We are cherishing these last few weeks as a family of 3 but also eagerly awaiting the day we get to have Mohini in our selfies with us 😍🎉🙌🏽 life is good 😊 #birthday #birthdaycelebration #mygirls #lovemakesafamily #family #makingmemories #spreadmorelove #missingmohini
Williams has never married, but she refused to accept the notion that a single parent should not adopt. She forged ahead, applying for grants, fundraising, and completing tedious paperwork to bring her first daughter home.
Williams was heartbroken as she scrolled down through photo after photo of children in India who needed a home. She found herself fixated on a particular 5-year-old girl named Munni, feeling her heart fill with compassion for the child.
If you think about us, Munni Bird could really use your prayers. Now that we are in the final countdown to departure, the nightmares have started again. They are always the same - that I leave her behind in India and someone hurts her 😢. The road to recovery from trauma and abandonment is a long and twisted one. When I think we've made a million steps forward, I hear the fear in her sobs as she describes her nightmares to me and the reality that those wounds are deeply imbedded in the core of her being is painfully clear. I am eternally grateful that I get to be her mom and the one who walks beside her through this journey towards healing and wholeness. But in the name of transparency, there are times when I am filled with so much rage at everything she experienced, that I wish I could make someone pay for it all. I would give my life to protect her. I would take everything that happened to her a thousand times over if it meant freedom for her. And I feel like a crazy person because I can never undo what's already been done. I can never go back and be there to protect her. That's what a mom is supposed to do and if I could have been there, I PROMISE you, none of it ever would have happened. So we are left with all of the brokenness scattered into a million little pieces. Day by day, we work towards mending her heart. We pray for healing and give praise at breakthroughs. We thank Jesus for the redemption and restoration he brings. But we also cry and mourn because there are times we feel desperate, defeated, and in despair. This is hard 😢 . . #munnibird #trauma #ptsd #ptsdrecovery #adoptiontrauma #olderchildadoption
“I suddenly felt this pull for this little girl. Her name was Munni and she was just 5 years old at the time,” Williams said. “I don’t know what it was but we connected. I just knew she was my daughter, I felt we had to be together and I got the ball rolling.”
Williams brought Munni home to the United States in 2013, celebrating God’s faithfulness in uniting their family. Munni was shy and reserved, with prominent physical scars on her head and emotional scars written on her heart.
Later that year, Williams saw a photo of another little girl from India, a baby who had literally been tossed in the trash. Indian police found the baby clinging to life, her nose eaten away, likely by insects or stray dogs.
Interview with Roopa thanks to Chick-Fil-A: 1. what 3 things would you bring with you if you were stranded on an island? ~ basketball hoop, my tricycle, and a ⚽️ 2. If you could do something really nice for a friend, what would you do? ~ um, give them a hug! 3. If you were allowed to stay up all night long, what would you do? ~ play basketball! 4. If you were president for 1 week, what would you do? ~ swim! 5. If you discovered a new planet, what would you name it? ~ Rosie! 6. If you had to pick one outfit to wear every day, what would it be? ~ my Lion guard shirt, my jeans, and my nikes! 7. If you could teach your pet any trick, what would it be? ~ to stand up and play basketball! You heard it here first! 😂🙌🏽❤️ . . . #roopafullofjoy #roopasworld #alldayeveryday #nonstopcomedy #makingmemories #family #lovemakesafamily #spreadmorelove #lovemattersmost #chickfila #indiaadoption #mygirls #tomboysrock #basketball
Nobody would adopt the baby, Roopa, because of her facial deformity. But Williams instantly knew that this little girl was meant to be in her family, too.
“I knew at first sight that she was perfect for my family and decided to adopt her as my daughter,” Williams told Times Of India. “Like all children, she deserves a family she can call her own. For me, she has no deformity.”
When popular television show The Doctors heard this family’s incredible adoption story, they knew they had to help. The Doctors paired each girl with highly-skilled, compassionate surgeons to bring a little physical healing to their bodies and souls.
The powerful video reveals what the sisters look like now, with Munni’s scars visibly reduced and Roopa’s new prosthetic nose. Williams told her girls that their physical transformation is another step to leaving their pasts behind and focusing on their promising futures.
Currently, the Williams family is preparing to add a third sister to the mix, as they travel to India to adopt a little girl named Mohini, and bring her to her forever home.