...finally a family of five. ...looking forward to what lies ahead. ...attempting every minute of every day to focus on our great and gracious God. ...learning more, doing more, serving better, and most importantly, LOVING one another.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Born here but not from here…
So tonight we pack, and tomorrow we fly to Guangzhou. Two US passports and one People’s Republic of China passport in hand, and the girls are packing everything up. Well, actually one of the girls is packing and the other one is, well, helping a little bit . Marcie has expressed on more than one occasion this evening: “where are my packing helpers we had the last time I did this?” So if ya’ll aren’t doing anything, come on over!
Saying goodbye to Beijing will be bittersweet. We’ve been away from the boys for far too long, but we have enjoyed seeing our daughter’s/their sister’s birthplace in all its simple, yet stately, magnificence. And while Beijing, China will always be an important part of our family, and it will always be Maggie’s birthplace, she is now and forever more will be FROM Paducah, Kentucky. This little angel, who spent the first 16 months of her life under the care of wonderful people on the other side of the globe, has always been meant to be from our little corner of the world…as God had always planned. Her Chinese heritage is simply one of many of the characteristics we will see in her, but it will NOT define her. I pray more than anything that she will come to know the love of our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ, and, in turn, know and feel the love her earthly forever family has had for her for quite some time now.
Our God is great, friends, and we pray that He touches each one of your lives in a mighty way…as He has unquestionably and immeasurably touched ours. This trip, this family, this little girl, even this rambling, boring blog is ALL ABOUT HIM.