I think there are times that being in the foster home is a painful and extremely difficult experience for me. Last week was one of those weeks where I thought to myself: This hurts and I need some comfort. I know the pain comes with the territory and I am not scared of that anymore but there are times when I am overwhelmed with the responsibility of what I do. I had been at the hospital and Kay came to help and when we were done, I told her I need some good home cooking and a lot of it. I eat Chinese food most of the time and there are just some days I need something that feels familiar. I decided to try the local Howard Johnson Hotel. They offer a really good buffet for a reasonable amount of money, so off we go in the taxi. As I get out I just stop in my tracks. There in the revolving door are two decorated Christmas trees. I am sure you can guess what they used? Starfish, hundreds of them. In that moment all was well again in my world. I knew that there was doing the right thing and I felt soothed and comforted.
I love what I do because I get to see God's love for the children everyday of my life. I know just how much He cares about them and how many people He sends to help them. I am so grateful for this season in which we get to celebrate the love of God for each one of us. May your Christmas celebrations focus anew on the reason for the season. In Hong Kong they have a building that is decorated with this: Wise men still seek Him. I hope you will be a wise man everyday of your life.
So I send pictures of all the love that is in my house. I am in Shanghai right now with Jack and Kaitlyn. My Christmas present this year will be having their bodies healed. The surgeries are scheduled for next Wednesday. I hope you will enjoy the happy little faces just as much as I do. My wish for them this Christmas season is to be able to spend it with their own forever families next year.
Life, Love and Laughter,
Mana and all the Starfishes in Xian Starfish Foster Home