Meeting with Sadasiv & Udday  



Saturday morning I woke up early , only to start the day feeling the blood stream through my entire body. In just a few hours Annette Havemann Linnet would pick me up and we would drive to her house where I would see Sadasiv again. The last time I saw him was in April 2006. Annette arrived and off we went. We stopped on the way to tank up the car ith gas, I got my camera ready... I didn’t want to miss this moment. As we pulled into the driveway Annette’s two daughters greeted us and were all smiles.

We went inside and the girls told me that their brothers were in the other room playing. Sadasiv came out and was very shy at first as I had anticipated. He kept looking at me and then looking away when our eyes would meet. I knew then that he remembered me. I had decided to stay very calm as I didn’t want him to feel overwhelmed with my presence. I started to take some pictures
and he started to feel comfortable with me as he had been in India. It was as if the camera triggered something within him, reminded him of something which I cannot put into words. Maybe in some way it was significant to him and triggered a sort of comfort. In any case there was a level of calmess and recognition through the lens of my camera.

All of a sudden Uday’s family pulled up and everyone started yelling “Uday is here”, “Uday is here”. I grabbed my video camera and followed Annette and Sadasiv out to the car. Uday was already out of the car looking around. As he approached me I looked at him with a huge smile and said; “Hi Uday” , he just gave me this look like which can be described as...yeah I know you but I need to look around this new place a bit, I’ve just arrived to you know... We stayed outside for a little while talking to his parents before heading inside. It was such a magical moment seeing the two boys together. Sadasiv and Uday didn’t react to one another, Sadasiv went straight to his mom.

Once we were inside we sat down for coffee and tea and the boys started to open up and play with the toys. Uday was very fascinated by the chalk board in the kitchen area. At one point Uday went up stairs to the childrens play room. He fell in love with the slide they had and kept telling me to film him going down the slide. Ten minutes later he was ready to go back down stairs. Uday made his way to the stairs while I was filming him, he stoped, looked up at me and said “Arent you coming too?” He spoke in Danish. He reached his hand out and asked me to hold his hand and my heart just droped. This was our first time he spoke directly to me since India when I had no idea what he was trying to tell me back then. On the way down I told him that I was very excited that we could finally communicate in the same language and he agreed with me and told me that he remembered me. This was yet another special moment for me.

The rest of the day we had lunch, looked through video footage from Bal Vkas with the children and just enjoyed our time together. Nightfall set and it was time to say goodbye to Uday and his family. As we all walked outside, Sadasiv and Uday were all smiles calling each other names and saying goodbye.

This was truly a special day for all of us. I feel very blessed to have been apart of this. I would like to thank Annette and her family very much for inviting me to be apart of her son’s reunion with his best friend from Bal Vikas.



























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Sarah Dk besøg uden om adoption 

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Get together at Nille's house 



Today was the day when I would finally meet Tina Petersen and Pernille Hjort for the first time. I had also been looking forward to reaquainting with Annette Havemann Linnet and their families whom I’ ve known from the web and through the adoption zone.

Back in 2005, when I first inquired about potential families waiting to adopt from India, Tina was one of the first women who contacted me. Before I knew it we were sending mails back and fourth and she was the first to tell me everything about their adoption process / experience with Niklas and Natasha. Tina has been an extremely helpful and kind person. She has always been willing to be apart of this project in any way that she could. She is everything I thought she would be in person and more. Her children are absolutely adorable and very well behaved and as Niklas told me, Natasha is his sister and he will make sure nothing happens to her. He is quite proective!

Pernille & Thomas who are the parents of five children, four biological and one adopted from Mumbai (Yasmin) had always wanted to adopt a child from India. Their wish came true when she and her husband became parents to little Yasmin from Bal Vikas. Many wonder if having biological children along with adoptive children is a good idea, and though I am not an expert on this topic I can only say that in Pernille’s case and many others whom I have witnessed that I am an advocate for this inportant choice. As long as the parents are loving and accepting, it does not matter how many or where your cildren comes from. What matters is the love and compassion parents give to all their children as indivduals.

Annette, whom I met in Mumbai a year to date this day also stopped by Pernille’s house without her family. It was great to see her again. She immediately invited me to a gathering at her house a couple days later when her son Sadasiv and his best friend Uday from Bal Vikas Orphanage would meet for the first time in four months. Annette is the mother to four children as well. One biological and three adopted, Sadasiv the one I have been following being the fourth. While in India, Annette was extremely generous to sit down for an open hearted emotional interview. She began to share everything about their adoption process.

We spent a lovely afternoon at Pernille and Thomas Hjort's home sharing, catching up, sharing stories, and most of all enjoying the company of all the children. It was definitely a day to remember and I thank them once again for coming and for being such a huge part of my project.
































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Today is the day :) 

Today is "THE DAY"....... Christine and Kristi will finally unite with their children Prasad and Ragini.

I know that we are all thinking of them on this very special day.

HUGS
-SBT



Mother and Daughter
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Meeting Jane 

As many may recall I mentioned earlier on my blog that a young woman (Jane Olsgaard) contacted me in Oct. 2006 as she came across my blog. We discovered that we are from the same orphanage and arrived on the same day to Denmark. Having her come into my life has truly been a blessing above all. She's such a lovely person and meeting her for the first time a couple of days ago was surreal. Having spent some time with her now I realize how different our lives have been growing up aside from the fact that I am LA based and she's in Copenhagen. Looking forward to interviewing Jane for my film as well as visiting Mumbai with her this year.



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