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.