And AWESOME to see pictures from her birthday party!!!
|Holding up the gift we sent her!|
|Hello Kitty cake! 10 candles!|
|Esty waiting patiently for her family to come and bring her home forever!|
Aren't those pictures WONDERFUL!?!?!?
I knew that I had also gotten a video…but I was unable to open it. My sweet friend was able to change it for me…so I waited.
In the meantime, God did an amazing thing that only HE could arrange: the PERFECT carpet in stock and able to be installed on Friday!!! This was amazing as we wanted to get new carpet for Esty's room that would not hinder her wheelchair. We are being blessed with a new bed and it's coming on Sunday! We couldn't get over how awesome this was!! The carpet is just exactly what we wanted!!
Then…a sweet friend told me that she has a special wheelchair just for Esty! She pointed out that what Esty is using is just a standard issue one…and the arm rests are way high up under her arms and she has arranged for a PINK one to be delivered to us NEXT WEEK!! It will be perfect for her! What a GIFT!! (P.S. Did you know PINK is Esty's favorite color?!?!? God did!!)
All the while, I was posting about the bunny puzzle project! We began this day with 144 pieces left. People were so graciously giving that our CURRENT NUMBER now is
86 81 pieces left!!!! WOW!!! I was literally GIDDY.
Then, the email came with the link to watch her video!!! I'll add it at the bottom. Suffice it to say, we have watched, giggled, cried, delighted and watched it countless times again and again. We absolutely cannot WAIT to get that girl HOME!!!
Then, I went to get the mail. Outside my house sat a large box. It had some fun writing on it:
This box was from a friend I had "met" earlier in the week on Instagram! How cool is that?!??! She's a momma who is at the very beginning of a Chinese adoption. She is selling home goods to bring her baby home.
I commented that the pillow she had was EXACTLY the colors of the room I was putting together for our girl! I showed her this picture of what I had chosen:
And then she did something AMAZING. She offered to send me the pillow I liked FOR FREE. What??? And then, she added a second one that would match!!!
|Picture from her Instagram that I fell HEAD OVER HEELS for!|
|What a gorgeous matched set!!|
This is just too much!
The mail ALSO had a notice from immigration with a receipt date for our next paperwork! Things are MOVING!!!
But wait! MORE FUN--our calendar had on it "family night at Zeb's preschool" and so we all 8 loaded up into the van thinking we would go see where Zebby attends preschool. NOTE: I did mention there was 30% of me that was unsure if this event was a go… We got to his school and we were all laughing because we were the ONLY vehicle in any of the parking lots! "Maybe they are meeting on the playground, " someone managed to say between our laughter. (it was pitch dark!) We ended up riding around our town listening to Oliver tell jokes and calling it "Prank parent/teacher conference!" We did get gas for $2.81 a gallon though! SO FUNNY!!
So before I sign off after this most amazing day, I want to leave you with our brand new video of Esty!!!
WAIT!!! I forgot that we ALSO got an update on her with TEN QUESTIONS answered!!! And here is the MOST AMAZING news (you can understand after this crazy awesome day how this slid to the back of my memory!):
ESTY HAS NOT BEEN IN THE ORPHANAGE ALL OF THESE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's right! After only about a MONTH in the orphanage as a baby, she was taken into a foster family. She lived with them until LAST SUMMER.
This is AMAZING news, y'all. (And I'm from the north where we don't say that lightly.)
She KNOWS how to live in a family!!! She is not going to suffer from the years and years of orphanage life/behavior!!
WHY was she returned to the orphanage? I asked that!!! They explained it was so she could attend their school, as she is unable to attend the public school. (China is not wheelchair accessible.)
Isn't this awesome??? YES! IT IS!!!! (okay, apart from the fact that she hasn't been to school since just this past summer! But we will work with that!!!)
Okay, NOW I will let you see her birthday party!! (Note: they put make up on her!! I couldn't understand why her lips were so pink in the above pictures…until I saw the video--she has blush on too! Ai ya!)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to understand what is being said! In the beginning, the nanny asks all the children, "Whose birthday are we going to celebrate today?" All the children yell, "Lang Han Han's!" (This is Esty's beautiful name in Chinese! We will be calling her Han Han until she feels very comfortable with us and when SHE chooses to go by Esty. (just a head's up!))
Then the nanny says, "Lang Han Han, today we celebrate your birthday! How old are you?"
My daughter softly and sweetly replies, "I'm 10!"
Then she asks her, "Are you happy?" Han Han replies, "Yes I am!"
Then the nanny says that her mommy and daddy bought her this cake and that it is especially cute, doesn't she agree? Esty agrees with a happy smile!
Nanny then says, "Look! Look at your cake, what is on it?"
Han Han: "A kitty!" (it's Hello Kitty)
Nanny: "Do you like the cute kitty?"
Han Han: "I like it!"
Nanny: "Now say something special to your mommy and daddy."
Han Han: looks like she's a bit caught off guard…or maybe they HAD practiced a phrase! The nanny kindly reminds her: (in English) "I am very happy, thank you."
Esty: "I am very happy, thank you!"
Then the nanny moves the party into singing time. I LOVE that little down syndrome girl's enthusiasm for singing happy birthday to her friend!! Nanny: "Now it's time to sing happy birthday to Han Han, shall we?"
"YES!" the children reply!
Que Happy birthday first in Mandarin, followed by English!! (Picture this momma singing her heart out to the screen with tears rolling down her cheeks!!)
Nanny then encourages the children to celebrate Han Han by clapping because they are happy! :) (totally over here clapping too!)
Then she asks Han Han to begin serving the cake. And she does.
From here on…she is frozen…but ONE DAY she will be in my arms and I will be sooooooooo happy!!!
In the event that you are reading this and want to celebrate Han Han/Esty's birthday by joining in the gift of this puzzle we will give her for her birthday:
Here's the button to donate! Each piece is $10 and your name will be written on the back for her to see and put together when she gets home. Her favorite animal is a bunny rabbit, which is the reason we chose this particular puzzle!