Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Angels Walk Among Us

"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared." Exodus 23:20

She is called "the stork". A professor in Beijing, Li Xinghong has a much higher calling. Though she teaches and shares her wealth of history, knowledge and experience, this is far from what makes her brilliant in the eyes of our family. A recent article stated that before families ever meet Li, she changes their lives forever. I could not agree more.

Li Xinghong is the facilitator for our adoption agency on the China end of things. When nerves plagued us about Rob travelling without me, when questions absolutely needed to be answered, when the staus and well-being of our daughter needed to be discussed, Li was a part of it. The first day Rob met Li, he felt a connection, a complete peace. That first weekend in Beijing, several travelers had the unique opportunity to sit into the wee hours of the night talking with Li. Rob was completely taken as she recounted major political times in China and bantered about Chinese culture and her views as she lives and works there. I know that evening changed Rob, softened him and educated him about issues he once doubted he would ever need to know about.

In so many ways, we have been blessed by the infamous red thread, but this red thread reminds us just how many details the Lord places Himself in to gain just the right result. Li is an integral part of the story that is Hannah. We are eternally grateful to her for countless reasons. Our agency assured us so many times that "our wonderful liason" would ensure the successful completion of our adoption. Their trust and devotion to Li is warranted, justified and completely heartfelt.

Our agency is sponsoring information meetings to answer questions and discuss International Adoption in the China program. The beauty of these most recent meetings are that Li is visiting to assist. We were blessed to be asked to speak at one of these meetings in our area. I had never met Li, nor had Emily, so for us, it was an especially tender encounter. Not to mention the reunion between Li, Rob and Hannah; it was fun to witness the mutual respect they share for one another.

Li and Emily were fast friends. Li was very taken with her red hair and sat with her the entire time. She remembered some very important details about Emily. We wondered, with all of the families she sees every year, if she would even remember Rob or Hannah. Not only did she remember, she anxiously wanted to reflect on memories from that trip and recalled details Rob had shared about us. Such a special woman, she called us "friends". A treasure of a friend and so much more, Li, we are so thankful for you.

And they lived happily ever after!


MacMui Mom said...

We had the chance to be the family to speak at the info meeting in DE. It was so wonderful for us to see Mrs Li as well. She truly is an angel and so loving and helpful. She was able to check on a child for us that we saw in a picture we thought could be related to Mia. I am sooo glad you had the chance to meet her as well.



Missy said...

Aahh yes, angels most definitely do walk amongst us! I'm glad that you were able to meet one of the precious angels that help our sweeties make their ways into our lives. Li looks like such a tenderhearted, warm woman. What a blessing to have been able to meet her in person!

Joy in The Truth said...

Oh, how great! Funny thing, I woke up this morning (at 4:39) and my first thought was about this reunion and how it went at PSB!

So happyt to read this and see pix of angel Li! Oh what happy reunions! Can't wait to hear MORE about it in person.

So excited!

Michelle said...

She sounds like a very special woman. One that has definitely left her mark on the hearts of many. How wonderful that you could finally meet!!


DiJo said...

What a blessing to meet your China Stork!!!!!!


Kristi said...

I had signed up to go last night but ended up not making it because Vivianna has had a rash (we've seen 3 doctors about it and finally got a conclusive diagnosis today. I am so relieved, the uncertainty was making me very anxious.). Anyway, I would have loved to have met Li as well as your lovely family. FYI, we have our 1st home study tomorrow! Yippee, we are getting closer....

Beth said...

How awesome! I know how special our special guide in China is to us. We still send her email messages with photos often. There is no other relationship like it. These amazing people help to make miracles happen for families...all in a days work. :)

Jboo said...

How wonderful that you all were able to meet her after she had been so helpful and special in China!

Have a great weekend.


Debbie said...

I love the last picture!! Too sweet!!!

3 Peanuts said...

How wonderful that you met Mrs Li!!!! Will LOVED HER! and Dave and Will wanted to fly up to PA to see her. i know she touched them deeply too. Thank you for sharing:)


P.s> got your e-mail but the kids have been on break and Kate is sick I have not had any computer time to respond. Miss you.

prechrswife said...

What a special reunion/meeting! We had wonderful facilitators in China, as well, and there will always be a special connection there.

The Byrd's Nest said...

An angel sent from the Lord for sure.....we felt the same way about our sweet sweet friend in China. We tried to keep up with her through e-mail but eventually lost her.

What a special moment for all of you Heather.....


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