Friday, April 20, 2007
From Mei Lin's extended Chinese family, Christelinda (age 6) writes the following to Mei Lin:
Hello Mei Lin,
Are you having lots of fun? I like you. You are one of my favorite babies. We saw you in China, in the Beijing hotel, on the Great Wall, in the Forbidden City, in the bus and in the airplane. I think ladybugs are special. Last summer a ladybug sat on my hand and one crawled up on my jacket. This was one of my very favorite stories when I was a baby. I hope you see lots of ladybugs too!
10 little ladybugs sitting on a vine, along came a butterfly - then there were 9.
9 little ladybugs skipping on a gate, along came a caterpillar - then there were 8.
8 little ladybugs looking up at heaven, along came a bird - then there were 7.
7 little ladybugs resting on sticks, along came a grasshopper - then there were 6.
6 little ladybugs flying near a hive, along came a bumblebee - then there were 5.
5 little ladybugs sleeping by the shore, along came a fish - then there were 4.
4 little ladybugs climbing up a tree, along came a turtle - then there were 3.
3 little ladybugs drinking up dew, along came a duck - then there were 2.
2 little ladybugs basking in the sun, along came a frog - then there was 1.
1 little ladybug sitting all alone, along came a breeze - then she was HOME!!
And from Fumairia:
Dear Mei Lin,
When I was in China with you, one of my favorite places was the Beijing Zoo. I saw the PANDA bears! They are black and white. I know you didn't go to the zoo so here are some Panda Bears for you to see.
5 little panda bears sleeping in their house. They are lazier than a mouse.
4 little panda bears eating bamboo leaves. Having to share is one of their pet peeves.
3 little panda bears sitting quietly on a log. They are thinking about reading your blog.
2 little panda bears going down the slide. Seeing all the children makes them want to glide.
1 little panda bear looking very smug. Waddles over togive you a great big HUG!
And finally from Mei Lin's QuJiang sister and cribmate Quleanja:
Dear Mei Lin,
I know you like listening to music and singing as much as I do...so I wanted to send you some musical notes. You will always be my special QuJiang sister. I think it was amazing that we met our Forever Families on the same day.
Your friend, Quleanja
Three of the sweetest girls you could ever meet!
From the truly wonderful MacKinnon family, Chris, Tammy, Caleb, Dylan and Alyssa Li!
Their wish for Mei Lin:
We wish you the power to dream.
A rainbow of finger paints.
A date for the prom.
We wish for you the knowledge that you can do anything.
We wish for you to grow in more than inches.
We wish for you to never stop wondering.
Never stop learning.
We wish for there to always be a whisper inside your head: you are smart, you are capable, you are strong.
This is what we wish for you.
And from their beautiful daughter Alyssa Li (age 3) and a Chinese sister on PEI!
She wishes for Mei Lin:
We have so much in common. My wish is for us to grow up and be friends. My wish is for you and I to grow up strong and confident in who we are and where we came from. My wish is for you and I to always know we are cherished, loved and accepted by our families, friends and people all around the world. Always remember you are surrounded by people who love you, no matter what.
Love Alyssa Li
Thank you MacKinnon family!! You did a beautiful job with the scrapbooking Tammy!!
This one comes from fellow adopters in waiting Deanna & Kent. We wish you luck throughout your process.
They also wrote to Mei Lin "Legacy of an Adopted Child" which is written out below under #18 Sandra Laughlin. I love this poem...and I think Mei Lin will enjoy it too someday.
This piece is from my friend Nikki who moved away last year and I miss dearly! She was able to meet Mei Lin over Christmas.
She wrote to Mei Lin:
You are such a wonderful and special little girl. You have blessed Natalie and Daniel's life in a way that is so hard to explain. I guess it can only be understood fully when you have a child of your own.
They are two of the most loving, caring and understanding people that I know in my life. They also love you more than words can ever say. They are so truly blessed to have you in their lives and in turn you are just as blessed to have them. They will always love you unconditionally and will always be there to support you through all the ups and downs in your life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents always and I am looking forward to getting to know you and to play a part in your life. Always know that you have family and friends surrounding you, loving you and supporting you because we all love you very much Mei Lin.
God I miss you Nick!
This piece came from our friend Sandra, and I know how special and dear it is to her so it means very much to us. It is a piece of material from a shirt that her dad always wore. Her father died in a work related accident and she has held onto it for the past 15 years. She said it is very important to her and therefore important to share it with such a special little girl.
Her wish to Mei Lin:
My wish for you is to enjoy all the freedom this country has to offer and always follow your dreams.
Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not remember, the other you call your mother. Two different lives shaped to make you one. One became your guiding star, the other became your sun. The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it. One gave you nationality. The other gave you a name. One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim. One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears. One sought for you a home she could not provide, the other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied. And now you ask me, through your tears, the age-old question unanswered through the years. heredity or environment, which are you a product of? Neither, my darling, neither. Juest two different kinds of love. ~ Author Unknown
Thank you Sandra. I love it.
These 2 pieces are from my blogger friend Lee-Anne all the way from Austrailia! She has been in the adoption process since January 2005 and is still waiting to see her childs face. www.bellaangel.blogspot.com
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
BELIEVE in yourself
GRACE to forgive
HOPE hold onto your dreams
Thank you Lee-Anne...we hope you have good news soon and you travel sooner than you think!
This is from my mom, she cut out a piece of my baptismal dress from 33 year before.
She writes to Mei Lin:
Hold onto your dreams; they are as precious as laughter; they are eternal, like stars.
YOU are a very special star in this world,
Go out and shine on...
and shine on...
and shine on...
Thank you so much mommy.
From our good friends Gene & Laurie
Their wish for Mei Lin:
A life full of happiness, friends, good times and bad (it helps you appreciate the good more),
"Sing like nobody is listening, dance like nobody is watching and live like there is no tomorrow"
Thank you Lu Lu and Gene!
This quilt piece came from my friend Sherry who I worked with at Allied Signal Aerospace. She chose this piece of cloth because her grandmother made her this blanket when she was a baby and blue is her favorite color.
Her wish for Mei Lin:
Love, Peace & Joy
Thank you Sherry, it means everything that you would send Mei Lin such a special piece of cloth for her quilt.
Monday, February 12, 2007
This quilt piece came from Danny, Cindy, Connor, Brett and Isabella Leger. The Leger's adopted Isabella last January from China, her adoption story was one of the first that I followed. She and Mei Lin are the same age and Isabella's birthday is 3 days after Mei Lins.
Their wish to Mei Lin:
The Sun is your birthmother, who gave you life.
The Star is YOU, of course!
And the Heart is your mom's, your forever mom, who loves you, and cares for you, and makes a home with you.
I know adoption can be hard to understand, It can be a struggle to make sense of your feelings, but I believe your feelings and experiences will someday make you a strong and brave-hearted woman. You will also be the BEST of both your moms--Stars shine!
Thanks to the Leger family!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
This quilt piece comes from the Brants! Jennifer, Jeff, Savannah, Baby (she is due any day) and Tya (the baby they will be adopting from China in 2008).
Jennifer was kind enough to make the trip out to drop off the quilt piece and wish in person...it was a short visit but we were glad to see her and wish her well with her new baby! Mei Lin gave her a big hug and kiss!
To Mei Lin they wrote:
"When a child is born invisible red threads extend from the child's spirit and connect to all the significant people who will be part of the child's life. As the child grows the threads shortn, drawing closer those people who are destined to be together." ~ Ancient Chinese Belief
Welcome to PEI Mei Lin...this wonderful little island, your home. We wish you happiness, love, peace, fun and laughter.
I remember when I posted this picture of Mei Lin while we were in China...I received a message from Jennifer saying how much she loved this picture. And she tells me that she gave the same piece of material to The Clows baby Kennedy (who are now in China) and to Shane & Debbie Gallant who are waiting for a referral from China...both who have made quilts for their children.
Thank you to the Brants!