Our sweet neighbor girls modeling their matching shirts like the one we are sending to Haddie.
Dear Zhu Xiao Jie,
We hope that you are doing well. We are so excited to come to China to meet you and make you a part of our family forever. We have put your picture up in our house and look at it each day. You are a beautiful girl. We are so thankful that we get to be your family. I am so thankful that I get to be your mama.
I want to write you to tell you about things here in the United States that might be different than China.
Last month we celebrated your sister’s birthday. Libi Faith turned 3 years old. Grandparents and aunts and uncles came to our house and had cake and ice cream and we watched Libi open gifts. We cannot wait to celebrate your birthday. You have four grandparents, two aunts, two uncles, and five cousins who are very excited to meet you. There are also 3 little girls who live boy our house who were also adopted from China. They are excited to have you as a new friend to play with.
Your little sister Libi likes to look at your picture. You will share a room with her. I think you will be a good big sister to her. Libi will like to play with you. I bought you a nice warm fuzzy blanket yesterday for your bed. I think you will like it.
I am sure that our toys are different than what you have in China. We were told that you like to ride a scooter. We do have scooters here in the United States and we will have one waiting for you to ride.
Food in the United States will be different than the food you have in China. You will get to try lots of new things. When we come to China we will take you to a place called McDonald’s. I am not sure if you have ever heard of McDonald’s, but they have yummy hamburgers and fries. These are all things we think you will like very much.
In the United States we speak a different language than you do in China. We speak English. We are starting to learn how to speak some words in your language. We know that you might be sad that you cannot tell us things that you are thinking about or feeling. We will try very hard to understand. We can draw pictures and use our hands to help talk to each other. When we are in China with you we will have someone to help us talk. We know that you will learn English words very quickly because you are a very smart girl.
We know that sometimes it may feel like you are waiting for a long time for us to come to China. We will come and we hope it will be before it gets cold. I will write another letter to you very soon.
Your family loves you,
And I love you,