Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Since starting my Blog, I have had so much going on that I didn't share at the time because of one thing or the other but I thought that eventually I will share in installments. These things do not have a thing to do with my adoption and voyage to Tate but no the less it was part of my life since starting the BLOG. This is the first of these installments.

This is a little side note from the original posting.....I am so lucky that I have an elderly (60-ish?) couple from Beijing China living next door to me. I call him Mr. Xia (Shaw) and her Fong. I am not sure why I call her by her first name and he by his last. It just happened this way. They are very quiet and I do not get to see them often. Last Summer I noticed Mr. Xia in his backyard and had the normal exchange between neighbors. I decided that I would share my news that I was starting my adoption process from China. I was unsure how he would take it, but decided to tell him anyway. He was overjoyed!!! He has two sons, one who is still living in China and unmarried, and another living in the Bay Area and also unmarried. He told me that he wished he would have had a daughter because he wishes for the love, comfort and sweetness in a daughter and cannot wait to hold my daughter. He is sick with Emphysema. He also told me that when he tells his wife (Fong) she will cry!!! I realize that Fong is not of the age that the one child policy would have affected her directly, but who knows if she knows others who have been affected by this sorrowful policy. They will be Tate's Chinese Grandparents... They are so excited for me. Funny thing, one time I left to go out of town for a few days and Fong thought that I had gone to China to get Tate. She now knows how it takes to adopt and when I plan on traveling


Julie said...

That is so special! What a sweet old guy!

Christi said...

That's so cool! Last year I had a Chinese little girl in my class and her mom and I became friends. I have so enjoyed building a friendship with them. They too are very supportive and excited about my adoption. We are so fortunate to have these people in our lives, and I hope this is just the beginning. You and your daughter will be a bright light in their lives as well.

Anonymous said...

How blessed you are to have such wonderful neighbors, Lisa!

You will both bring so much joy to one another!


Ava Baby said...

What a wonderful story! That will be so nice for you to have another set of "grandparents" close by when Tate comes home.

Cindy said...

How wonderful!! Nice people next door and a fantastic cultural resource as well. How lucky can a little girl get?

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