Yesterday was Liliana’s Forever Family Day – two years ago we finally got to be together. How far we have come, and how good God has been to us!
We celebrated the day by going to China Town in Seattle with Grammi. We enjoyed a yummy lunch at Shanghai Garden (including dumplings and hand-shaven green barley noodles) and then walked around the area, feeling as if we were back in Guangzhou. We stopped in at two bakeries and purchased different coconut buns from each to find which one was best. We also visited the fortune cookie factory and bought a bag of “unfortunate” flat ones. We gave Li Li one of the many gifts we brought home from China for her – a little pearl bracelet that she’ll probably only fit around her growing wrist for a year or so. She was quite happy with it.
All the talk about China, and the Moon Festival (which was Monday) has made Li Li talk more about her foster family. She still doesn’t bring up any new information when she talks about them, so I am not sure that she really remembers them. But, yesterday she was saying sadly, “I want to go to China to see my foster BaBa and my foster MaMa.” Someday I hope we can.
We have been enjoying conversing with the foster family via email. We send pictures fairly often and they always seem delighted at how good Li Li is doing. I know that it is because of them that she is doing so very well, and I am so thankful for their sacrifice.
Li Li had her first day of preschool today, which she has been very excited for since Koen started going last fall. She went in happily and said she made two of the “best friends ever!”
And Tuesday was Li Li’s first day of gymnastics at our YMCA. She loved it! 2024, here we come. 🙂
As for my big 5 year old, he started Kindergarten last week and loves it so far. We’re sending him to a Christian school about 30 minutes from our home. We chose this school because it was cheaper than the Christian school closer to us, and the class size is small. There is a great sense of community and I like the humility of the building and staff as well. Koen has 9 kiddos in his class and is having a great time. I am so glad he gets to go there. Kindergarten has changed my life – we are up earlier than we ever have been, and I am driving a good amount (thankfully we have one family to carpool with). The new schedule is helping me be more disciplined with my time though, and I’m actually enjoying being a morning person again.