I'm getting the hang of this Sunday Snapshot thang! I think I like it! Don't forget to head over to Stefanie's blog to see some other amazing Sunday Snapshots! I love all the variety, don't you?
For this week's Sunday Snapshot, I'd like you to meet a family that we adopted, and they adopted us right back:
The Bush Family!
Janice, Doug, & Sarah Grace Bush
(If you ever want to make an American woman who lives in China happy, buy her ziploc bags! ;)
The Bush's work with New Day Foster Home in Beijing....where Kevin lived!
Our connection with the Bush's actually began in 2008 when we were in process to adopt Candie. We exchanged emails with Doug, because we knew he made formula trips to the village where Candie lived in LePing.
Our paths crossed again when we were matched with Kevin. We emailed the Bush's at least once a week, and they kept us updated on Kevin's progress. They made a trip to the States in January before we traveled to adopt Kevin, and we were able to spend some great quality time getting to know them face to face. What a blessing they are! Then the very next month when we were in Guangzhou finishing our adoption trip, we met up with them again a couple of times. Wonderful fellowship, I tell ya! When I think about things that "fill my tank", being with them is high on the list!
Our children adore Sarah Grace, and the feeling is mutual judging from the giggles and playing that ensue when our two families get together! The "connections" we have with the Bush's are amazing! First, they are from our state, even living for a time in the city where we grew up. Second, Candie and Sarah Grace are from the same village! (Yall, China is enormous. This is unbelievable!) Thirdly, they helped care for Kevin until we came to China to adopt him!
We were so blessed last week to get to see them again for a brief time at lunch! They are stateside seeing family, including their adorable grandson...and we treasured every minute we could spend with them! They are Kevin's official adopted "Aunt Janice" and "Uncle Doug". And he did love seeing them I believe!
Sometimes when you meet people, you just feel like you're "home". Do you know what I mean? This is how we feel about the Bush's. We enjoy their company so much. No pretenses, no pleasantries needed. Just home.
OH! Speaking of HOME...PLEASE go check out the new foster home in Southern China! God is moving HUGE to expand New Day for the sake of His orphans, and Doug, Janice, & Sarah Grace are right smack dab in the middle of His plan! It is SO exciting! Please pray for them, for New Day South, and for the new babies who will grace the doors soon! Our church will be hosting another "Rockathon" to raise funds for New Day South...it will be this fall...I'll keep you posted!