Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Mid Autumn Moon Festival~

One of the things we are committed to is perserving the heritage of our children by celebrating Chinese holidays with them.

Today is Mid Autumn Moon Festival {sort of like Chinese Thanksgiving} where families travel home to spend time together and eat Moon cakes.

They gaze up at the moon and think of the ones not with them.
I wonder if six families in China looked up and remembered the beautiful children they blessed with life???

Recently the boys knocked this beautiful scroll off their wall
and I had not hung it back.
It gave me an idea to do something a little different with the kids for school.
Always trying not to do the same thing over and over with them.
I put on some 12 Girls Band and we began a discussion of Chinese characters~
We played a Mandarin game on the iPad with Chinese numbers
and practiced writing them too.
Holly perked right up when she heard the numbers in Chinese.
She repeated them in perfect mandarin tone!
We all practiced counting in mandarin too.

We watched a couple of videos to learn all about Moon Festival
then made our Chinese lanterns.
We have made these many times and I can truly say the kids
never get tired of it... 
especially when we fly them through the house~

We had a serious discussion about birth families this morning
and many questions came up.
The sweetest statement came from SJ when she said,
"I wish you and dad had lived in China 
and we could have come out of your tummy like the big girls."
I love witnessing their thinking as they process their amazing life!
SO important we keep this convo ongoing in our everyday.

I took this photo of them holding their lanterns
and assured them of exactly what it says~
Dad and I LOVE YOU all always and forever!!!

My beautiful friend Jamie Becker shared~
"Adoption is a miracle born out of sorrow--
a story of redemption- 
one mother's deep pain, one mother's indescribable joy, 
and one child who has a VERY different future."

“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace” (Ephesians 1:4-6)

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