Well, Chinese New Year is almost over. Happy Year of the Rat! We got together with our adoption group this past weekend to celebrate. Each of us brought a traditional Chinese dish- I made Lion’s Head soup. It had napa cabbage and ground turkey (instead of pork) meatballs. The lion symbolizes happiness and the meatballs represented the lion’s head while the cabbage represented its mane. I love the symbolism in the Chinese language and culture. I especially love how some words are more meaningful because they simply sound like another word. One example is that the word for the number 4 sounds like the word for death, so people avoid the number 4 if they can help it. It’s an unlucky number.
Ava has so much fun when we get together with this group. Now that almost all of the babies/girls are here (one couple is still waiting for a referral for their second daughter) they range in age from 10 months to 4 years old. It goes:
Anna Grace- 10 months
They are so much fun to watch! The first time we got together with them, Ava and Claire were the only two girls and Ava didn’t leave our laps the entire time. Now she and Claire run around like wild animals until their parents force them to say good-bye way past any type of normal bedtime. Shuya likes to join in their fun, but tends to also be interested in the two younger ones and the adults. Anna Grace and Adeline have each only been here for a few months, and they are adjusting so well. I can’t wait until we get all five of them chasing each other around the house. We’re so lucky to have these friends.
Which reminds me that we can’t forget about our dear friends in Omaha whom we miss terribly and can’t wait to see again. We’re trying to arrange a family trip to the beach with them this summer. I’m always wishing we lived closer to Lisa, Rick, and Clara.
It’s amazing how we gained such great friends in our adoption journey. I wasn’t really expecting this double blessing!