Friday, April 20, 2012

Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens…

Ava is a quiet little cherub girl. I am amazed at her peace and joy with us. The Holy Spirit indeed prepared her. I am amazed she has only been with us for 5 days. It seems like a lifetime.

Beau grieved last night about the 2 years we missed with her, but we reassured him that God had appointed this time, this place, and Ava’s beginnings to make her and us better. We will be, as we told him, more loving people with a bigger heart to orphans and their circumstance in China and the world. Ava Violette is blossoming. Her smiles come much more freely now. We are learning what delights her, and she is showing us she can point and shake her head no to frame her world more to her liking. She has an uncanny love of elevators. When this child smiles her whole face lights up and her little eyes disappear to some private delight. She loves reading. This child obviously received beautiful one on one care; thank you Jesus and CCAI for the Lily care room She loves congee and pumpkin and peaches. She likes to have too handfuls of food, plus be spoon-fed. She will fit right in to the Hill and Boswell clan. She likes to look in the mirror, likes to suck her fingers and loves a lotion bath. These are a few of her favorite things. As Lily keeps saying, "She is soooooo my sista". Amen

We pack today for Guangzhou. Part of my heart will stay here. This was our meeting place, my child’s birthplace, and the setting of a day I will never forget when ZhaoQian became Ava Joy. God, who can do more than we can ask or imagine, has profoundly blessed us. His faithfulness exceeds all we can measure. His love for this little girl is evidenced in her capacity to love. For that and for your prayers

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