Since 1991, WACAP has helped find homes for more than 2,000 orphaned children living in China, and we continue to seek families for thousands more who continue to wait in Chinese orphanages and foster care. Recently, we heard from the family of one child WACAP helped bring home nearly 10 years ago.
Thanks to Ronda and Jay for sharing their story as they celebrate 10 years with their daughter Lily:
We adopted Lily 10 years ago and since then, whatever life we’ve known prior to that time has been enhanced in innumerable ways. The joy of life with Lily is illustrated by our little Chinese daughter happily singing and dancing around the house on any given day. Granted, there are times when she is temperamentally skulking around the house, too — but, fortunately, not too often.
To hear Lily singing “Tsamina mina / Zangaléwa / ‘Cause this is Africa … / Tsamina mina eh eh / Waka Waka eh eh,” from a favorite song by Shakira performed at the last World Cup in South Africa, sung in nearly perfect pitch, brings our world into gentle focus and closer than we ever imagined. A Chinese-born American girl, singing and dancing to an African folksong made more popular by a Colombian songstress just makes us smile. Our world is a little smaller and made more comfortable in the thought that all of the arbitrary boundaries and actual distances are transcended so effortlessly in the voice of one child.
When we think about the arduous and emotional process we began 12 years ago, it’s difficult to recall the stresses encountered in that experience now. Along with the pleasures we have had with Lily, we have met a great number of people along the way whom we shall forever cherish — through our classes, through our trip to China as well as sometimes chance encounters. Most important in this entire process was our choice of WACAP in assisting us in what has become our life journey. A journey that has taken strangers from opposite corners of our country and planet and made them friends and family.
In recently celebrating Lily’s 10th birthday, we reflect on the two people who made it possible for Fuliu to become Lily, and we respect and honor their undoubtedly difficult choice by doing our utmost on a daily basis to make their hopes and desires for our daughter a reality.
She is an utter delight, the love of our lives and as she grows into the person that she is becoming, we are growing and becoming all over again, and it’s certainly more fun the second time thanks to Lily!