Thursday, May 29, 2008

7 days and counting.... profound quote with cute graphics tonight. We are both exhausted and ready for bed. We had a very busy day with Margaret working and Wes working on all of the projects that need to be finished before we leave for China.

Tonight, we went on a date. I was asked to speak at an International Dinner in our small town. The dinner was in honor of Sunshine School where our daughter attends preschool. It was an amazing evening. The International Dinner was sponsored by many people who live and work in our town. We currently live in a very small town in Southeastern, Kentucky. The interesting thing is that our town has a lot of cultural diversity for a town that is so isolated. There were people from many different countries that all enjoyed the evening. Dishes from the different countries were prepared by the families. At our table alone, we sat with good friends from Greece and Kenya. I think there were people from 20-25 different countries present.

I was asked to be a part of the program and to read the story that I wrote about the first time I held Lily that was published in Love's Journey 2. It is a piece called That Moment and is very special to me. I practiced today so that I would not get choked up. I found out when we arrived at the dinner that I was not part of the program but that I was the program. I was a little nervous. Even though I lecture in my professional field, tonight I was speaking about something so personal. Even with the practice, as soon as I stood to speak, I got shaky and nervous. I was on the verge of tears. I am already so emotional. I read the piece about the first time I met my daughter as I am 7 days from flying to China to meet my son. I had to stop looking at the crowd because so many of our friends were getting teary eyed right with me. It was wonderful to share the story of our family with so many in our community. I am so glad that we are living here in this town in the mountains. I can't wait to bring Graeme home and to introduce him to the world in our own backyard.


Truly Blessed said...

I can't wait to follow your journey to Graham. Not long now!

Qiuqiu's parents said...

Just imagine all the months of emotion that are accumulating in you now - it's very normal to be overcome! Enjoy every moment, and go easy on yourself in these last few days!