Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chinese New Year = SILENCE!

Feb 10th was the beginning of Chinese New Year. Here's a brief history.

Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in China. Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year, and it is considered the beginning of spring, so it is also called Spring Festival.
Chinese New Year celebrations were born out of fear and myth. Legend spoke of the wild beast Nien (which also is the word for "year") that appeared at the end of each year, attacking and killing villagers. Loud noises and bright lights were used to scare the beast away, and the Chinese New Year celebrations were born. Today, the 15-day New Year festivities are celebrated with a week of vacation in metropolitan areas of China. Much like the Western New Year (January 1st), the biggest celebration is on the eve of the holiday. At the turn of the New Year, firework displays are put on throughout the city.

Definition: 恭喜發財! Chinese greeting for Chinese New Year.
Pronunciation: gōngxǐ fācái
Also Known As: 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè)

This also begins 15 days of complete silence. Nothing is being done over there to expedite mine or anyone else's paperwork. *sigh*

So, instead I will busy myself with projects that relate to Jenna Grace coming home and other things. My Aunt will be coming to visit at the end of this week and the plan is to paint baby girl's room. I am sure we will shop a little and I will also be registering. My precious friend, Sandy is planning a baby shower for me in March. I am so excited about it. I never dreamed I would ever have a pink one. 
I am also giving a shower to one of my best friends, Debra, who is pregnant with twin girls. 
Tomorrow is my current baby's 14th birthday and Thursday we go to Raleigh to have our biometrics done for our updated USCIS approval. Hopefully, for the last time. Thursday late, possibly Friday my Aunt will arrive and that will check another week off the calendar making us that much closer to GOTCHA DAY!
And that just scratches the surface, add to the above the three small groups we are involved in (Sermon on the Mount, Radical and Real Marriage, all I would highly recommend by the way) plus basketball, play practice and time for each other and whew Gotcha Day will be here before we blink twice. I love my life. 
And tonight my friend and I will host our very first adoption community group. I don't think there are very many coming but I don't care. I am just excited we are starting something. I have asked God to do with it what He wants not what we want. I know He will and I know people will be inspired and encouraged to go out and do great things in His name for His glory. I know I am. 

So at the end of the day or rather this post the silence isn't all bad. After all I have been commanded to enjoy this journey. That means even when its quiet. So I will. Join me?

Friday, February 01, 2013

2 years

Yesterday was a very significant day for our family. It marked 2 years since we began our journey again. I say again because the first time we filled out adoption paper work was in 2007. Its been THE most unbelievable ride of the last 17 years of our marriage. Never has a time been fraught with so much grief and joy all at the same time. The paperwork alone is enough to make the sanest person lose their mind yet through it all we hung on to the promises of God. HE SETS THE LONELY IN FAMILIES.
Our baby girl is coming home sooner than later and we couldn't be more excited.

It was also an exciting day because I finally relaxed a little and went shopping for our sweet girl.
Gotcha day is approaching super fast yet I hadn't allowed myself to buy one thing. My sweet friend Debra (who is expecting twin girls in July) invited me to a consignment sale and if you know me, you know I love a good deal. Although free is my favorite deal, right Kish?
Anyway, I was just going to go and support Deb and look around with her but once I got in there I was overcome with all the cuteness. All the pink everywhere, all the good deals and I thought OK, so I don't know her exact size but I've got a general idea... and that was it, I was gone. I didn't go nuts by any means but there were a few items I couldn't resist and when I stumbled on a toddler bed for only $40 and a carseat for only $20 (both in excellent shape) I thought God must have His hand in this.
Once home I took all the tags off and hung them up in her closet. It made me smile the biggest smile to see dresses and other girly clothes hanging in there. I never ever thought before adoption grabbed my heart I would have a girl. I figured the closest I would come would be daughters-in-law and grandkids yet here I am. My own deep desire coming to fruition. God is a God of miracles. I can't wait to bring her home and love her to pieces and connect in a way that is unique with a mother-daughter. I had it with my mom and that is the only cloud that hangs over this, my mom isn't here to enjoy all this with me. Thankfully, HE is a father to the fatherless and God has provided surrogates along the way and for that I couldn't be more thankful. Here's to shopping for a girl...
Just need a mattress


So cute