February 18, 2009: Dear Baby Girl

Naomi: 20 weeks, 2 days

“Am I a Father nearby, and not a Father far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” Jer. 23:23-24

Dear Baby Girl,

It’s hard to believe that you are already 21 weeks old! I’ve read that you’re about the size of a large banana, a thought that brings funny images to mind. 🙂

You’re not a banana though. You’re an active little girl! Last week your Grandma and I reclined in “Little Italian,” a restaurant in Guilin. We’d spent the day on the Li River, and were waiting for dinner while your Dad and Grandpa went out to get some drinks for us. We talked about waiting for your first movements, and the little flutterings that I might mistake for you. Just as the men returned, there is was—two firm nudges just above my belly button. Since then your movements have become more regular and more firm. Your Dad can’t feel them yet, but he will soon!

We are so excited about your arrival! We love talking about what we will name you and what we will teach you and our philosophies for child-rearing. We love wondering what you will look like and what you will be like. We wonder what tastes and sounds you already favor. We look forward to playing with you and caring for you and telling you all about your Father and your heritage.

We often wonder if you’ll love to travel since you’ve already been to China and America! During the pregnancy you’ve been to cities like San Francisco, Langfang, Beijing, Tianjin, Baoding, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Sanya (Tropical Beaches), Badaling (The Great Wall), Guilin, Yangshuo (Li River), and Longsheng (Terraces). You’ve also had five different doctors of different backgrounds (Korean, Chinese, Australian, and more) We wonder if you’ll have a special love for Chinese food or if you’ll dream of visiting this land where your great great grandfather, father, and mother lived and served.

You are such a beautiful little girl, and we can’t wait to meet you and hold you. You are our dream come true, a beautiful result of the Father’s love for all of us, and our love for one another.

Love always,

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Ps. 32:7

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