Sunday, March 29, 2009

What we have been up to

The last few weeks have been a crazy haze of closing the business and all that such a task entails...not too pretty. Thankfully, the last few days brought us a gift of great proportions. A gift that has breathed great happiness into our lives and one that all of friends in the adoption blogisphere can truly understand and appreciate.

One of our adoption guides from China paid us a visit. This guide was asked by the agency that employs her to choose a family that she has worked with in the past 13 years to visit and she honored our family by choosing us!! I received an e-mail from her about a month ago asking if it would be OK to come for a visit. OK?!?!? Are you kidding me??...we were over the moon with happiness at the prospect at being reunited with this special person in our lives and somebody which we never really felt that we would have the opportunity to connect with again. When we parted in China and tearfully hugged goodbye, we told each other that we would meet again...that it was not really goodbye.... but neither she nor Marc and I ever really believed in our hearts that we really would ever be able to have that happen.

She has asked me not to disclose her identity on my blog as she would never want to offend another family by not choosing them and of course we would not want to do that either, so we are honoring her request. Therefore the oodles of pics that we took will have to stay off the blog. Suffice it to say that the visit lived up to and exceeded every expectation we had for it. We connected on a level that we had not had the opportunity to in China as this time there was no adoption stress involved ;-) We took fun day trips, ate, met family and friends, ate, held a party in her honor, ate, shopped, ate, had wonderful and revealing conversations and of course ate! The children had an amazing and special time with her.

Tonight we parted and as we tearfully hugged, we once again said that we would see each other again....and this time....

We KNOW deep in our hearts that we will.......


Diana said...

She probally read all the blogs and realized you were the family to pick as you always have so much FUN!!! She wanted to go where the "party" was:)
What a honor for your family!! I am sure she had a great time.
Have a great week!

Tammie said...

It was an honor to meet this very special person. Walking in the door to your home the other night, I could feel the connection that you all have with her & she with all of you.

How cool to find out that she is a good friend of the woman who was our guide those many years ago.

I certainly hope that when she goes back home, she is able to communicate with other guides & let them know how well the children are doing.

Thanks for sharing your special time.

Candy said...

It was our pleasure meeting this very special person. I can understand why you feel the way you do about her.

DawnS said...

This is so wonderful Lori! It sounds like it came at a really good time for you too. I wish more guides could have the same opportunity to see the families they helped create!

DawnS said...

Hey Lori, I wanted to let you know that I passed on an award to you - see my blog for details :)

Vivian M said...

I remember inviting our China guide to visit us and he told us he was not allowed to leave the country. I am so glad they have changed the rules!
What an amazing experience for everyone, and I hope when she returns she can share how well and how loved our children are. And that we appreciate all they have done for them in China.
Huge hugs!