|TEN stockings were hung....|
As mentioned in the last post, when Lucy was given her first gift, she wasn't sure what to do with it. (not to worry, she quickly caught on and although it was not easy to unwrap a gift with only one working arm, she only needed a wee bit of help!) The "sting of sadness" I feel at times is NOT related to thinking about her not having received wrapped gifts in her past! Instead it comes from thinking about her not being surrounded by her own family, love and laughter. To our knowledge (gathered from records) is that little Qu Yan (Lucy's Chinese name) spent her first two Christmas' in the orphanage. This then leads me to wonder, "What does Christmas look like in an orphanage?" Then I usually proceed to thinking about the 799 other children that are still at the Xi'an Social Welfare Institute (orphanage) when we left there in mid-September to bring Lucy home. A lot of the children there have spent many more than two or even three Christmas' inside orphanage walls and without a family! Last December (2012), Lucy was chosen to move into a foster family's home (located on the same grounds as the orphanage). What did Christmas look like with her foster Mama, Baba and siblings? IF Lucy was given presents (and I highly doubt she was), she had to leave them in China because little Lucy came to us with only the clothes on her back and a teeny ladybug backpack that I had sent to her in July.But let me turn from thinking and writing about Lucy's past to her present!
As I type this we have one remaining family gathering to attend. Lucy seems to have loved these intimate times spent with HER family. She enjoyed shaking "jingle bells" with her "good arm" and flashed many big smiles as the family sang during our Searfoss family Christmas program! Her fractures haven't seemed to dampen her spirit in the least! She's still our happy, silly and not so quite little girl!
So for those of you that are more interested in pictures then all this sentimental writing, without further adieu, here are some more random snapshots from Lucy's first Christmas home!
|Yes, we're all a little nuts!|
|Lucy's NEPHEW! (sweet baby Isaac!)|
|checking out the "big" box of craft supplies|
|Opening presents with one hand|
|Sadie Joy - Lucy's (niece) and favorite playmate!|
|Oldest Sister, Linsey with hubby Joel and children|
|Helping Mommy make pancakes|
|Kurt and Lucy|
|No caption needed :)|
|Christmas Morning Breakfast|
|YAY! - the new pajama shirt stretched over the splint!|
Last Christmas, I wrote Someones' Missing from Our Christmas Table. This year we know who that special someone was! Thank you God for your guidance, direction and provision!
If you'd like to read about another sweet orphan waiting in the same province in China as Lucy was in, please read my post entitled "A Call for Caleb."