I have written before about Rachel's foster mother and the day little Fu Shen became ours. I am so grateful to her for the care she gave Rae. When we left that civil affairs office with a screaming and terrified Rachel, our guide handed us a bag of goodies that the foster mother had left for us. Included in the bag was a little photo album stuffed full of pictures of Rachel and her foster family. On the back cover were their names and address. This winter, I wrote them a letter (translated by a Chinese friend) and sent pictures. I was hoping to find a link to Rachel's past and the mysteries of her first 21 months. I also wanted to tell the foster family thank you.
Friday, I found a gift in the mail. A letter from the foster family, written in beautiful Chinese. I took it to be translated today and am deeply moved by what Rachel's foster mother had to say. Here is the letter, roughly translated:
Dear Fu Shen's family, We received your letter and pictures. Our family appreciates that you sent news about Fu Shen. We send greetings to all of Fu Shen's grandparents. We wish them a happy and healthy life. Our family has read your letter over and over again. Thank you so much! It was a happy day for us when the letter came. Fu Shen is a very smart and a happy child. We can see your love for her. We are grateful Fu Shen has your family to love her and we are glad that you have the good fortune to have her. We praise God for that. Fu Shen was a very lovely child. When she was in our home, everybody liked her. The whole neighborhood liked her. All of the neighbors have come to see the pictures and letter. They look at them over and over and talk about good times with Fu Shen. In our hearts, we give Fu Shen to you. It was very hard to give her up. From the pictures, we know she is growing and happy. You said Fu Shen remembers us. This makes us very happy. She is still young, so you have lots of time to teacher her and watch her grow up. We would like it if you could continue to send us letters and pictures of Fu Shen. We will pray to God for you from far away China and wish you happiness and joy.
Beautiful, isn't it? I will certainly send more letters and pictures! It's a rare and amazing gift to be able to connect with someone who know and loved my daughter before I did. I will treasure the words of this other mom.