I was told we could include a list of questions with our care package. I searched all over the internet, reading lots of blogs, and joined a couple of yahoo groups and asked its members, what kinds of questions should we ask. All I would really like to know is what they call her. I've heard that often times the nannies in the orphanage call the children by nicknames, and there's usually a reason for the nickname. My 11 year old daughter wants to know her favorite color, her favorite food, and if she likes music. So, we included those questions, along with her height and weight. I wasn't so concerned with her size because I was told we would be told her clothing sizes when we get travel approval.
I asked our adoption agency worker if she has been told about us yet. She said she doesn't know but a lot of times the orphanage uses the care package to introduce the child to their new family. Aaaahhhhh! So, this package is going to be the first time she is told she has a family......I better make it good. Now there was more pressure to make this package something real special. So, I added some fancy lace to the dress I made for the bunny, and some ribbon with pearls across the waistline. I added eight pearls because eight is considered the most fortuitous of numbers in Chinese communities. I bought a 4x6 photo album from Wal-Mart for $1 (love a great bargain). It's beautiful. It has a super sparkly pink glitter cover. We printed out all the photos we needed. Then, we had my daughter's teacher's foreign exchange student write captions in Chinese for each picture. The very last picture showed Faith's two sisters holding their bunnies I made and holding hers up to show her they each had one. I put a small picture of Faith on the front cover with her name written in Chinese so she would know it is hers and that the family pictured inside is her family.
When I left the post office, after mailing her package, I felt........happy, excited, anxious, and .....nervous. Why did I feel nervous? I couldn't figure out why I felt so nervous, but I definitely did. You see, this package is going to be the first time she is told about us, much like when you are introduced to someone new. I hope she likes her bunny. I hope she likes her pink photo album. I hope she thinks we look friendly and loving in our pictures. I hope they let her keep her bunny so she can sleep with it every night and think about us. Here's the crazy thing -- I will never know what she thinks of all of it, because I'm not there to see her reaction. I pray that she understands, and that she is able to open her heart to love us as we already love her.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19