Monday, September 20, 2010

From America, with love...

With every adoption, a mother and father hopes their child is being prepared for his/her new family.  We pray that Lyric is being prepared for us. 

Through many different adoption yahoo groups we have heard about a wonderful lady in China who owns a business called  Red Thread China.  Among other things, she organizes and sends care packages for adoptive parents to orphanages throughout China.  The picture we have below is the one we sent to Lyric.  There is one difference between what we ordered and what is being sent though - we didn't order the adorable doll.  Ann surprised us by adding it to the package at no extra charge.  What a wonderful blessing.  If anyone needs to send a care package to their son or daughter in China, I highly recommend using Ann from Red Thread China!

The package includes the doll, mooncakes for the staff and maybe for Lyric, a 24 exposure disposable camera, a soft photo album,  and a letter to the staff of the orphanage. 

The camera is so that the staff will take pictures of Lyric in the orphanage and with her friends.  We hope to get this back when we get her.  You don't always, but that is the hope.

The photo album has 10 pictures in it of our family, including one of Lyric.  Some adoptive parents have said their children never saw the album they sent, but they did get it back when they got their new child.  We will bring more pictures of our family when we go - including ones of Lyric's grandparents, our house, chickens and cats!

The letter to the staff at the orphanage thanks them for caring for the children and for Lyric.  It tells a little bit about our family, again with the hope that the staff share some of the information with our daughter.  I copied the letter below the picture.


Dear Caregivers,

Words can not describe the gratitude and appreciation we have for you providing for our daughter, Min Xin Yu, and the other children in your care.  “Thank you” is too simple a word, but we mean it sincerely.

Please let our daughter know that her family is coming for her soon.  We have pictures of her, and she has already been given many kisses and hugs!  She will have a mommy and a daddy, two big sisters (12 and 9) and a big brother (11).  We have a warm, soft bed all ready for her in a room that she will share with her sisters. 

Min Xin Yu will not forget China.  We will teach her about her heritage.  She will have an uncle and an aunt who live in China.  Her uncle is an American and her aunt is Chinese!.  They are very excited about Min Xin Yu joining our family.

Min Xin Yu will be loved and cared for by everyone in our family.  She is a blessing to us that we will cherish forever.

With grateful hearts,

The Burgess family.

1 comment:

  1. We used Ann with Red Thread, as well. She was really wonderful. Our daughter, Grace, is from Guizhou and she was about the age of your daughter when we adopted her in 2008. She is now almost 6 years old and doing wonderfully!

    You new daughter is precious! Really adorable. Congratulations! Grace was about her size when we adopted her (just a tiny bit taller at 4 years old). She is now about 3 feet tall and 30 pounds.