Monday, April 23, 2012

The man and a hearing aid

Finally...a post about our life in China and not about the kids!

Yesterday, Renee and I were having a cup of coffee before heading home after out "weekend getaway." While we were sitting there, a man came in and in halting, broken English told me that he remembered me. He said that we had, "the twin boys (people always think they are twins) , and that he saw us at  a meeting." I pretended like I remembered him, and stated chatting with him. Within a minute or so, why he came in, became clear. 
He told me that he also remembered me because of my hearing aid. That he likes it, and was wondering if it was expensive. He said in China, it would cost ¥6,000.00 The whole time he was learning forward towards me, and talking VERY loud! For me to feel someone is loud, they are truly LOUD!
We ended the conversation a few minutes later, and we went about our business. After he left Renee reminded me that he had said the same things to me a few months earlier.  It was very clear that this is something he needs, and was trying to ask for me to get him one.

It reminded me how great the need is. It hurts to not be able to help him, or give him any hope that it will get better. It hurts me, because I know how hard it is not to be able to hear well, and thats with a hearing aid! I know how hard it is without it, and could not image having to live that way. We do so much, yet the need it always greater than the ability to meet those needs. It also reminds me how fortunate I am, that I can buy the hearing aid that I need, that I can get the help that I need.

We actually saw him again later that day, walking his Mother to a meeting. He looked beaten down, yet was doing the duty that all children in China have. Sometimes its so easy for people like us to feel proud, and maybe a little egostical. We see the things we have done, and the people we have had a small role in impacting. Yet, its times like these where I am humbled and remember just how far we have to go, how incredibly huge the need is. Its sobering, while at the same time exciting; as we wait for the promised results. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Preston!

My darling son, my no-longer youngest child. Today we get to celebrate your 5th birthday. You are growing up so fast, it seems like your life is just a blur! I know you are anxious to grow up, but I am not ready to lose the little guy that you are! This year you made some incredible improvements in every area of your life. You started American kindergarten and are doing amazing. You stepped out of your comfort zone and began Tai Kwon Do! You have improved in your language skills, both Chinese and English.
You have accepted your new role of middle child as well. I know it will be different when your sister comes home, but I have a feeling you will be ok.
Little man, Mommy and Daddy love you so much! We are so proud of you, and the person that you are becoming. We love your sensitivity and your caring for people. We love that you are social, and always ready to relax and enjoy life. It drives us crazy sometimes, but we love it! I can't wait to see how much you change this year, how much more you grow up. Always remember that you have people in America, China and Africa who love you and are proud of you! Happy birthday little man!
You love Mommy...

You love to climb trees

You are now a yellow belt!

You wear the same clothes Daddy did!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

We went to the deaf school this morning and did a presentation on Easter. I know Easter is more than eggs and candy, but in China we have to share both sides. So we did the Real reason for Easter, and then did the secular side as well! Enjoy the pictures!

Friday, April 6, 2012

A funny thing happened on the way to the deaf school...

Today we had a meeting with our sign language teacher before heading over to a deaf school, so we met her at Bach's Bakery. This Bakery is foreign owned and run, and is used as a platform for reaching into the deaf and hard of hearing community. The employees there are all deaf, and we were having fun using our simple sign language to talk and mess around. The boys were shyly using some signs we taught them..when suddenly Tegan whispered/signed to me that this one girl was BEAUTIFUL! Now she is slightly older, 20 years old, and he was embarrassed to admit this.
I of course decided to have some fun! I signed to her what he said! He was mad at me, and trying to hide, while turning a bright shade of red! Fortunately, this girl decided to have some fun with us as well. She came over to him, and gave him a hug and blew a kiss! 6 years old and already getting kissed by girls! He then followed her outside and down the street like a lost puppy dog!
Once again, we are so thankful for boys who are adaptable to any and all situations! We will be back again to practice our sign, and I am sure Tegan will be looking for her!