Two Tennessee sisters saw their dreams come true after releasing a written wish to be adopted inside a “prayer balloon” that floated hundreds of miles to Maryland – but was then mailed back to their foster parents upon landing.
“I can just see God taking this balloon and blowing it in the right direction. To be found and be sent back to us to tell us he approves for us to be able to adopt these girls,” the foster mother –identified only as Lynn – who was caring for the sisters with her husband Dennis, told WBIR-TV.
Sisters Eva, 7, and Jasmine, 8 -- their last names have not been published -- reportedly wrote their dreams for adoption on an index card and placed it in a plastic bag, and then inside a balloon. Some thirty other children also attending Vacation Bible School in Knoxville, Tenn. over the summer did the same with their own prayers and wishes.
"We want to be adopted by our new mommy and daddy on Christmas," read the note, which an adult reportedly helped the girls write on an index card. At the time, the youngsters had only lived with Lynn and Dennis for two months, although the four had known each other for about a year earlier while a family friend of Lynn and Dennis had cared for the girl before them.
“We took all of the prayer requests and we sealed them in a little Ziploc bag,” Lynn told WBIR. “We took them outside and released these balloons; there was thirty of them. The girls’ balloon is the only one to this day that has come back to us.”
The balloon reportedly landed more than 400 miles away in an RV park in McHenry, Md., and the as-yet-unidentified people who found it soon mailed the note back to Lynn and Dennis, who quickly set about adopting the girls before the holiday.
On Tuesday, a Tennessee judge made the adoption official – making the sisters’ Christmas dreams a reality.
"I love you," Eva reportedly said during the court proceeding as she hugged her new parents.
“It just felt like the right thing to do,” Dennis told WBIR-TV. “It’s what I wanted to do. All of our children total are grown, in their 30s. It was an answered prayer.”