We had the rare privilege this summer of spending time with a family who have become dear friends. Their youngest daughter, Ruo, was Gracie's cribmate in China. Ruo's mommy and I encountered one another online just a couple of weeks after being matched with our daughters. They received their referral just a couple of days before we did. We had no idea at the time that our girls were playmates. In fact, we did not know this until one year ago today. While we were finalizing our adoption of Grace in Lanzhou, we asked some questions of the orphanage staff and discovered that our girls were not only in the same baby room, but were crib mates and traveled together to have their lips repaired. What a treasure that God has given us in allowing our families to connect so that they can keep this connection with their past. Ruo's family lives in another part of the country, but traveled through and spent a couple of days with us. What a wonderful blessing they are!
Our girls see each other for the first time in nearly a year.
Ruo and Gracie had fun trading shoes.
Playing in the river at Harper's Ferry
We look forward to visiting with them again soon!
And by the way...One year ago today this action made Gracie our daughter forever!