Monday, April 7, 2008

Red Couch Photos

We are staying at the White Swan, the traditional hotel for adoptive families and we have enjoyed meeting many other families. The halls are full of adorable Chinese children and their new parents.

Many of them are baby girls, and quite a few are older children with a variety of disabilities. Once all of these children were considered burdens and now they are welcomed by families who have longed for them for years.

We drive through the city here and there are Chinese babies in split pants who will grow up in this wonderful country with all of its traditions. Back at the hotel, there are Chinese babies in Gap outfits who are on their way to growing up with American families and they will hardly be able to imagine that it could have been any other way. What a crazy world.

It is tradition here at the White Swan to take photos on the red couch of the hotel. Joshua sat on the famous couch yesterday with three of his playmates from Wenzhou Children's Welfare Institute.
All four of them ended up in the orphanage as infants because of cleft palates. One of them will grow up in Colorado with two Chinese sisters, one will grow up watching sports with his daddy in Pennsylvania, one will be home-educated with his siblings, and one will enjoy a view of the Manhattan skyline from his crib.

We pray that each of them will realize and live out of God's amazing plans for their lives.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All of the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. - Ps 139

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