we met 4 other families with children adopted
from Putian City orphanage in China @ zoo in Greenville.
Our sweet friend and mom to Linden
was the one to make this get together happen.
Right after we accepted Jing's referral,
I found a Putian City yahoo group and connected with Linden's mom.
She actually talked to me about two hours one day
like it wasn't a big deal at all.
I got off the phone being completely at peace
and having a new friend.
She was very kind to email me lots, send pics,
and have her precious Chinese friend get new pics of Jing
when she went home to visit her family in none other than... Putian City.
Probably pretty crazy for most people when I say
I had never met any of these families
and knew them only from email, blogs, and talks on the phone
but felt an incredible connection~ by a red thread.
It is said...
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."
--An ancient Chinese belief"
--An ancient Chinese belief"
I had butterflies when we drove up
and even worried that we might not know each other.
That was all silly~
we walked up to the sweetest group of people ever
and enjoyed our time celebrating the children
we love and now have forever families.
We shot photos of all the families and whole group.
Our family, the whole group, the Spitlers (Isaac),
the Reeders (Linden), the Morrises (Isabella),
and the Redingtons (Zion).
Isabella's mom was the first person I ever talked to once we had Jing's referral.
She moderates our yahoo group and actually got me updated photos too!
God really blessed me big when He made me part of this amazing family!!!
I guess this get together was mostly so us moms could connect
but when we walked up, we were immediately
greeted by Sandy, Isaac's mom.
She has been home with him since May
and was so sweet to take a photo album
to Jing plus got us updated pictures!!!
She introduced Isaac to Jing right away
and showed her pictures of them together.
Here they are still living @ orphanage in China.
JingJing on the left and Isaac on the right.
Then Jing looks around at Isaac
and we could tell she remembered him~
she had a teeny smile on her face.
They definitely had a connection right away.
The kids had SO much fun playing
and eating a picnic lunch.
Then we were off to the zoo~
Jing's first visit and this pic shows her
the minute she saw an elephant for the first time.
LOVE the sparkle in her eyes!
Had many opportunities for photos~
just like Jing and Isaac had a connection...
so did EK and Abby.
They hit it off and had a ball playing!
November is National Adoption Month
and I haven't really posted anything about it
but this day was definitely a celebration
of 5 precious children who didn't choose to be orphans
OR to live a while @ Putian City SWI
OR be adopted by their forever families
BUT I do believe they have been blessed to have a future.
A future full of love, security, and family.
I can't really explain it
but the red thread really does exist.
There is always a connection when you meet
another adoptive family and begin sharing stories.
Scott and I have made some of the best friends
in the world through adoption.
I pray if there is anyone out there wondering
if this journey might by for you,
I would tell you...
"there is a precious child somewhere sure hoping
you choose to grab the red thread
and be connected with him/her."
Our family can't imagine our life without
these two precious miracles!
"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
~ Edward Everett Hale
"Adopting a child won't change the world,
but for that child the world will change."