She is flying right now. She left Beijing on 6/22/06 at 3:00pm Beijing time. She is apparently enjoying her time snuggling up in a stack of 11 other (that we know of) little friends, xiao peng hao as the might say in the orphanage playroom. All of them together weigh only 1lb. Twelve little pictures, twelve descriptive sheets, twelve sketchy medical reports. I, as her mother can only hope the darling dozen were lovingly placed in the envelope with a wish for a good life with families that would love them unconditionally forever.
It is daunting to think how that one 1lb. envelope will change so many lives so quickly. Couples who have longed for a child for years will suddenly be a family, single women and men will have wild dreams fulfilled, children will become brothers and sisters in for a lifelong journey, infertiles will become filled with abundance, some will see the a child through their child's eyes, grandparenthood. But most of all children who through no fault of their own experienced the greatest loss of all will now experience the gift of family.
We hope to hear more about what is in that 1lb. package on Monday or Tuesday. All twelve will be pulled out by capable hands. Words will be translated from their native tongue to English. Calls will be made to hysterically happy families.
This is the adoptive circle of life. We are grateful to be a part of it all again.