And here is the letter we sent. It was harder than I thought to write. I wanted to convey my love and explain some more about our life here. So much to say:
To our beautiful daughter Dang Yi Lin,
Happy birthday! We are glad that we can send you this cake and that you can have a little party. We are working very hard so that we can come get you. We are also excited that when we come to pick you up we are also going to be picking up a sister for you! Her name is Esther and she is 9 years old and she lives in China right now too. Both your mommy and daddy love you very much and think about you every day. We pray for you, look at pictures of you, and tell everyone we know about how we found you and can't wait to bring you home and hug and kiss you.
At home it snows in the wintertime and your brothers can not wait to take you sledding on our hill and make a snowman with you. In the summer we love to run around, go swimming, and sometimes go camping. We have lots of family with over 30 cousins, 4 grandparents and many many friends. Your oldest brother is Elijah and he is 11 years old. He is smart, kind, and he loves to build things. Your next oldest brother is Andrew and he is almost 8 years old. Andrew is really funny and very loving. He loves swinging and playing with friends. You have two younger brothers. One is Peter and he is 4 years old. Peter loves to build with blocks and play with animals. Asher is your youngest brother and he is 3 years old. He loves playing outside and riding his bike. All of your brothers love you very much and ask about you all of the time.
Sweetheart, we love you so much and when we think about you it makes our hearts feel like they are full of warm sunshine. Soon enough you will be with us and we will be so happy. Have a wonderful birthday and enjoy your cake, candies, and presents. Tonight may you dream of your family and all of the happiness you will have. Also, we would like to say thank all of the ladies that are taking such good care of you in China.
Mommy and Daddy
Here are some images from Pearl attending various other parties for other children. I am sure that this will be her first time sitting in front of that cake. I wish it were so much more than that.
I really can't wait to send a letter to Esther.
In other news, this weekend is our race. It hasn't nearly earned us all of the funds we need for the next step in the adoption(we're still waiting for our paperwork to get back but once it's done our next fees are due), but it has been successful. We still don't know exactly how it's all going to play out but we know it will. Prayers always appreciated. :)