Friday, February 4, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Chinese New Year!

You're probably sick of hearing about how God has knocked our socks off throughout our adoption processes, but tonight we enjoyed one more gigantic blessing - there's Utah Valley group of China adoptive families! That's right, our very own white bread Utah County, where few can even pronounce, "Kazakhstan," is home to several dozen kiddos from China! We found out about this group just this week and were fortunate enough to attend the Chinese New Year party tonight.

We had a great evening making crafts and watching ribbon dances and parading around the room in dragon hats and trading red envelopes and (of course) eating plenty of Chinese food. But the best part was knowing that WanYing will have opportunities to make friends with life stories a whole lot like hers. We even met a family whose four-year-old daughter has ABS-affected hands a lot like WanYing's - that means that she can have a friend who not only shares her social and ethnic story but even understands what it's like to have hands that don't quite blend in!  What a gift.

Tonight was a wonderful first Chinese New Year for our family, and we sure look forward to celebrating a lifetime's more of them.
Ben participates in the "Lion Dance" - I'm fairly sure this is a girls' hat, but he still wears it well.

Sam plays a the role of the "dragon's butt" compellingly in the Lion Dance.  Oh, and after reading the Wikipedia article, I guess this he's a "lion butt" not a dragon butt... such an embarrassing snafu

We attempt to take a kid pic.  For some reason, the children all decide to pose as "thinkers"

The mystery of who taught Sasha to cross her eyes on command is solved.

Happy Chinese New Year!


Laura GarcĂ­a said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Fox Den said...

That is great! Loved the terms "white bread" and "snafu". I just love the Morningstar's period :)

Heather said...

Congratulations on your upcoming China travels. We have been in Jiangxi - our youngest daughter is from that province and we loved our time. Our two youngest boys, also adopted from China, share your beautiful daughters SN. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask! :)
Blessings to your beautiful family.

The Brown Family said...

It was great to meet your family last night! I hope you'll keep coming to our events and I can't wait to follow your journey! I'm bookmarking your blog right now.

Kim Brown


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