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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, May 24, 2013

Last Day in Harbin

Our last full day here in Harbin has been yet another special day. We began by saying goodbyes to our new friends (and family in a way, since their son and NiNi are ‘siblings’). They were a blessing to get to know and, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we shared an even closer bond. We were also privileged to get to meet two other families adopting from Harbin. It was so nice to have others who shared our joys and concerns. There is such a sense of community with fellow adoptive families. NiNi’s passport was delivered by Director Susan, and the guide Lynn (she was also the guide when we adopted LiLi). They have been so considerate and kind, and have really treated us like we're special. More than once they asked us to come back and visit with all our kids. Evidently there are not many families that have adopted two children from Heilongjiang. They really enjoyed talking with Xiaoyun, and she enjoyed visiting with them. We took a walk and went into several stores, and not once did NiNi try to touch anything, or even ask for anything. We bought her a little stuffed animal, and her smile would have melted your heart. You would have thought we’d spent a fortune on that animal! Which leads me to a formal introduction;
NiNi is a very special 5 year old. She can be very quiet and shy when we’re around other people, but when we’re alone in the room, she is laughing and screaming, and talking all the time. She loves for Baba to play with her. She is quick to pick up on what we’re saying, and is saying several English words already. She has a blast playing ‘cry!’ with Virgil. She’ll tell him to cry and he’ll act like he is, then he says it to her and she throws herself on the bed and acts as though she’s crying. I think we have a drama queen on our hands. She loves having her hair fixed, and never complains – even when there are tangles I need to get out. She likes pretty clothes (what little girl doesn’t?), and admires herself in the mirror once I get her dressed and her hair fixed. Though her hair is very long, it is pretty fine – hers and LiLi’s are a lot alike. She drinks more than any child I’ve ever seen (which can be a problem when we’re dealing with squatty potties!!). She’ll eat anything put in front of her. She’s neat and will even wipe up drops of water on the sink after washing her hands. She is so affectionate. She’s quick to hug, and wants to be held or hold your hand. She likes riding in her stroller.

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