Happy 7th Birthday to Jada

How far it feels, in geography, time, and so many other ways, that tiny Chinese village where Jada was born, abandoned, and brought to the provincial orphanage seven years ago.  Parents rightly divide their lives into before and after becoming parents, as becoming a parent changes everything.  Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but the demarcation in our lives is not only the assumption of new responsibilities and rhythms, as distinct as they are from our childless days, but also the introduction of a bright new life into our lives, without whom we can hardly imagine our lives, and who we get to see grow up before our very eyes.  Such is the case with our Jada, who we thank God for every day.  Happy birthday to you!

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