Thursday, January 14, 2010

Celebrating Rebecca's Adoption Day

We celebrated Rebecca's adoption day in style the other night - just now getting a chance to write about it though. It always seems difficult to do things on school nights, which is weird in itself since we're gone just about every night anyway it seems but we made it out to dinner. We went to a really nice Chinese restaurant that we used to go to when we first moved here but haven't been to since Emma was little. It was odd when we walked in though because here we have two daughters from China who are basically the same size but the hostess zero'd in on Rebecca and had the oddest look on her face. Long story short, she is from Xian which is the same city Rebecca had lived in while at the Starfish Home. You would think I would be used to it by now, but Chinese nationals almost always make a comment about Rebecca being from the northern part and Emma being from the southern. Just not really anything I can compare to as far as living here. I mean, you meet someone and based on their looks you really have no idea if they are from Chicago or Texas? California or New York. Now, after they speak you might have a better idea! But really, it's just odd to me.

Anyway, we had a wonderful dinner and sweet little Rebecca was grinning from ear to ear and we enjoyed celebrating her Forever Family day!

And me, well - I've been going back through the pictures from last year and re-reading the posts I wrote while we were there. It's hard to believe a year has already passed us by. Is that just part of getting older? And I can't help but think of Amanda, the lady who started and runs the Starfish Home. She so obviously loved little Rebecca as she does all of her babies, but it seemed like there was just something special between the two of them. She told me the other day that she had stayed at the hospital with Rebecca when she had surgery and that was when Rebecca had finally opened up to her. I try to send Amanda little Bex stories ever so often and I know she appreciates it, but I just wish there was some way that we could keep the relationship between Amanda and Rebecca alive. Amanda will always be a part of Rebecca's sweet little heart but it would be even better if they could see each other from time to time.

Before I go, it was this time last year that we were touring the Terra Cotta Warriors! It was a wonderful, fun filled day!

Didn't we make just a lovely Warrior family!


Lynda said...

Oh, yes, Carolin. We will have a southern and a northern girl as well. Everyone who sees Kara, our oldest, knows right away she is a Guangdong girl! She has beautiful long, thick hair like Emma. But I think little Ellie's fine hair might just always be a Starfish bob with bangs. :o)
Your girls are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
We are praying for that connection between Kara and Ellie as well!!! Kara wants to be a big sister so badly. I know she will be wonderful! I hope Ellie's heart will sense that love from the start!
Happy Adoption Day - Rebecca!! So glad you are home for good.

Leaving soon to bring another starfish home,
p.s. we first thought Ellie would be an "Emma" until we knew the meaning of Eliana was for her - Ellie for short. :o)

Lindy said...

Sounds like a nice celebration! Interesting to hear that a Xian native would recognize Rebecca as one of her own.

I imagine that it will always be special that Bex is from Xian. Nothing prepares you for walking into that museum, the size of two football fields, and seeing so many statues. It really is a wonder.