Today we celebrate Jian's 15th birthday! He woke up so excited this morning and was thrilled to have the table decorated, Dad making him noodles for breakfast, and a couple of gifts to open! This is his first American birthday and his second birthday with our family. Last year we celebrated at an Indian restaurant with some friends in China and this year we are celebrating him with friends and family. Many children adopted from China do not know their actual birth date, but, because of a note left with Jian, we do know that September 29, 1996 is really his birthday! He loves knowing that bit of information and we're grateful for God's kindness and provision for Jian with that note.What an exciting time, to celebrate his birthday, and at the same time be able to celebrate the amazing gift we have received in our son!
Jian has been talking about this day for a while now, how this will be his first birthday celebration ever, that in China, he was rarely, if ever, told Happy Birthday. This is such a fun day for all of us! I can't help but look back and wonder about all of his past birthdays and what he looked like and what he did. I think back to 15 years ago today, and wonder what that little baby looked like, wonder how big he was, what time he was born, how much hair he had, how long he was, how much he cried. I also think about the fact that if he wasn't born deaf we would never have known him, never have been able to be celebrating him, never have seen God's sovereignty played out so clearly in front of our eyes. What a bittersweet day, it's wonderful to celebrate him and and yet I'm sad for all of the celebrations he's missed with a family. We're thankful that, Lord willing, there will be many more celebrations to come!
What a blessing to have this boy brought to us 14 years after his birth, to become a part of our family and be able to praise God for his life!
Happy Birthday Jian Feng Lee Bergeron!