Today, I have very mixed emotions. I'm very happy to know that Luke is safe and sound and happy in China, but also sad that we aren't there (or he isn't here) to spend this day with him......his 2nd birthday! I wish I could hold him, hug him, kiss him, and wish him a happy birthday. I remember very well Colt and Joy's 2nd birthdays. In a way, it doesn't seem like that long ago! And oh how I love the age of two! :) The kids are like little sponges and everyday is an adventure!
We arranged to send a cake to Luke through Ann of Red Thread China and we've sent a care package through her as well that included these things:
That's a shirt/jean outfit with guitars on the shirt and a tractor for Luke, a can of cashews for the foster family, and a disposable camera so they can take more pictures of Luke to fill the gap of times we're missing!
I can just picture him playing with this tractor. It makes the coolest sounds!
Believe me, there's lots of stuff that I see (or we see) that we'd love to send his way, but you can only fit so much in these little flat rate boxes (and even those are expensive to send to China). This will go to Ann and she will make sure he gets his package as well as his cake and is translating a letter to him and his foster family. I'm very thankful to have this third party connection (which is the only way allowed during the adoption process as well). Ann has been wonderful!
Ann is also going to ask for pictures from his birthday party and oh how I hope and pray that she gets them! I guarantee you that if I open my inbox and find birthday party pictures of Luke in the days ahead, you just might hear me squeal where ever you are! I will be one happy mama!
I'm very thankful for Luke having a foster family to take care of him and love him during this time and I know they will shower him with hugs and kisses too. We've come to accept the things we cannot change and know that everything is in God's hands and that He is looking after Luke! Maybe you could just pray with us God's birthday blessings over Luke in everyway for his life now and for the future. We'd appreciate it so much!
So to Luke......although you haven't met us yet, we already love you so much and wish we could be with you on this day....your 2nd birthday.....Happy Birthday! :)