|June 2012 in the mountains, NC.|
On 12-12-12 ... in just a little more than one month ... Mayana turns 12.
|In China in 2008|
Our two weeks in China were a swirl of emotions - overwhelmed, perplexed at times, elated at other times. With Christmas in the mild, warm air of Guangzhou -- English Christmas carols playing in our hotel lobbies and restaurants and the island dotted with Christmas trees and lights -- there was an indescribable magical quality where anything was possible, including opening the Word with a beautiful Chinese shopkeeper.
We danced beside the Pearl River, ate pizza at a cool Italian place, gobbled noodles, rice, and ice cream at Lucy's, and Skyped often with our girls back home, from our cute hotel room overlooking the local Starbucks.
Mayana seems to have been with us forever, though. Her English is great -- better than a lot of kids raised in Cincinnati. And she lavishes love and affection on me just like my other children. I am the only mommy she has known and she's jealous for my attention.
Mayana is growing in beauty, both inside and out. Her eyes shine brightly as she talks of her Savior, Jesus. When thinking of the future, she talks of going around the world as a missionary ... or living on a farm and raising lots of children, as well as animals. Bold, friendly, and caring, Mayana is the first to offer to go around the neighborhood to fund-raise for her school, and the first to offer to care for a young child who needs assistance. Hardworking and helpful, she is quick to offer a hand - for laundry or gardening or feeding the chickens -- though she still complains about chores and school work like all the rest of them. Tall and thin, she is growing stronger and healthier with each passing year, taking ballet and loving her trampoline.
|Mommy and Mayana ,June 2012 - the bamboo jungle at Cherokee NC.|