When Caroline Boudreaux was 30 years old, she was living in Texas with a very successful career in TV advertising.
She had a nice house, a fancy car, and an active social life. But even though she was living large and her career was on the upswing, she felt empty inside. She was filled with nagging questions like, “What is my purpose?” and “What is the point of all this?”
One night in 2000, Caroline and her best friend were talking over dinner when they decided to quit their jobs on a lark and travel the world for an entire year. That’s how Caroline ended up in India, where she found her true passion.
During her trip, Caroline found herself wandering around a small, dilapidated Indian village. She realized this was the epitome of poverty.
On a day that happened to be Mother’s Day back in the states, Caroline saw more than 100 filthy, malnourished, and starving children. Among them was one little orphaned girl named Sheebani. Caroline was haunted by the child’s beauty and potential yet desperate need for love and care.
Caroline rocked Sheebani until she fell asleep in her arms. But as she brought Sheebani into her room, Caroline took one look at the child’s wooden bed and had an epiphany.
Though she wasn’t a social worker and wasn’t a mother, this amazing woman embraced the sudden urge that had come over her.
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