Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Jian!

Happy 14th Birthday Jian! 
 
Wow, here we are, in China, celebrating our son's 14th birthday! (15th to him, here you're considered 1 when you're born).
 
One year ago, even six months ago, we did not even know there was a cheerful boy on the other side of the world, waiting for a home.  We didn't know that if there was no home found for him before his 14th birthday, he would never have the option of being adopted.  He would not have had any further education, and may have been allowed to stay at the orphanage, or, maybe not.  He may have liked to have a job, but, there was not much hope for that either. 
 
But, before the world began, our same Creator decided we should become a family.  And though we had no idea, it was already planned. 
 
It was providential that we would have 2 sons who are cheerful and happy and loving despite the circumstances they're in.  It was providential that we would have 2 sons that love to laugh and love to give to others.  It was providential that we would have 2 sons that despite the fact that they cannot hear, maybe hear much more than the rest of us.  It was providential that these 2 boys who love to swim, laugh, jump on the beds, race to the elevator, race to see who can open the door first, and smile all day long, would become brothers even though they're from opposite sides of the world.  How beautiful is God's picture of adoption. 
 
Happy Birthday Jian!  We love you, as do so many people who have never even met you!
 
 

6 comments:

Debbie B said...

Beautiful! Happy Birthday Jian

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Jian!
Hello to your brother Tanner too!
Love, Carey, Dirk and Matt

Carol Lenger said...

Happy birthday, new grandson! What a thrill to have you in our family! We love you already, and can't wait to meet you in person.

Anonymous said...

Oops I put the message on the wrong post.

Happy Birthday Jian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love from the Shaubs

Tom and Janet said...

Happy birthday, Jian! We are so delighted to see the pictures of you and also of Tanner, and to hear how you are laughing and enjoying your time together.
With love from your great-uncle and great-aunt, Tom and Janet

Diane said...

Happy Birthday Jian!! What a wonderful day celebrating with your family. Can't wait for you to visit us in America at IP! Let Tanner tell you all about it! Love and laugh "big" today!! Diane