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!