Friday, March 6, 2015

The Year of the Goat (or Sheep or Ram)

Chinese New Year was a couple of weeks ago. 2015 is the Year of the Goat. Or the Year of the Sheep. Or even the Year of the Ram. There is only one character in Chinese for all of these, so it just depends on who is translating!

As usual, we celebrated at a Chinese restaurant with other adoptive families. Rachel agreed to a brief photo shoot first.


We gathered to eat and chat and tell stories about our time in China.


I had brought supplies to make Year of the Sheep kites. It was a bit chaotic trying to do crafts in the middle of a restaurant, but the younger kids loved it.
We have gathered at assorted Chinese restaurants over the years and the various owners have always been touched by seeing our children dressed in their traditional silks and our attempts at instilling at least some bit of Chinese culture in their lives. This year, the owner gave each child gifts of small knotted silk ornaments and traditional red envelopes with crisp dollar bills inside.
Katherine and her friend Amy reluctantly posed for pictures. They have known each other since they were babies together in the same orphanage. Amy's mom and I have never lost our awe at the unseen string of events that brought them half way around the world and back into each other's lives. Seeing these two together fills my heart.
There aren't nearly as many children coming home from China as there once were, so our Families with Children from China gatherings get smaller and smaller. But I never tire of the joy and strength these friends, both old and new, bring to our lives. Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year!

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