The Greatest Gift

Merry Christmas! We bring you tidings of great joy! Jesus is King and our Lord reigns forever! As we settle into the Christmas season, let’s constantly (because there’s constantly a distraction) meditate on what God has done for us through His son, Jesus Christ.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. -1 John 4:10

But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights as sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out,”Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. -Galatians 4:4-7

Family. That was, is, God’s greatest gift to us. He reconciled us to Himself by sacrificing His only Son on the cross for our sins, and then made us part of His family. We are now coheirs with Christ. Like, what?! Talk about a really undeserved grace, and elaborate, bounteous, flamboyant, magnanimous gift!! God is just so generous.

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Let’s give a gift!

This past November, my family had the amazing opportunity to participate in the China hosting program with Lifeline Children’s Services. We were blessed to host a precious seven year-old girl from China. Prior to her arrival, we spent the months preparing to make her visit as comfortable as possible, meeting local Chinese followers of Christ to support us during her stay and after, and praying every day for this beautiful soul the Lord was entrusting to us for ten days. Even with all the preparation, it was impossible to steel ourselves for the overwhelming emotions of bringing an orphan into our home. We were heartbroken for her loss, and enchanted with her vibrant laughter, and devastated when she would wake up crying in the deep hours of the night. We were in awe of her bravery, and enthralled by her love of dancing and music and all things princess. We spent our days with her relishing every second the Lord allowed us to be a small part of her story. And now we get to share this great joy! We get to share her! This is also where your own chapter comes in: This beautiful girl has been waiting for a family for seven years. Will you please help us give Ping Ping the gift of a forever family?

Below is a write up of Ping Ping’s vivacious personality. Will you please share this post or her hosting information with as many people as possible? Please contact me if you, or someone you know, are interested in pursuing this little girl. I have more videos and pictures I can share and can connect you with Lifeline for more information. We believe her family is waiting and praying for her right. this. very. second. By sharing her information, you might be the one who helps bring a family together. I can’t think of a better gift we could all give this Christmas!!! Our family is eternally grateful for the moments we spent with Ping Ping and the memories we made. We’re forever marked by her life and excited about the prospect of helping her find her forever family. What a beautiful, indescribable honor.

Ping Ping Hosting Notes

Waiting Child Profile

Ping Ping is a vibrant 7 year-old girl. She has Down Syndrome, but no other medical needs. She is small in stature and wears a 4T in US girl clothing size. She speaks Mandarin, but is perceptive to body language, tone, and hand gestures. We did not consider communication much of an obstacle while she was with us. She is very loving and affectionate. She likes to cuddle and offers many kisses on the cheek. In our opinion, she attaches well and has clearly had healthy attachments in her past. She especially liked my husband and warmed to him quickly. She knew we were her caretakers while she was with us and did not turn to other adults for her needs to be met. She loves to play and has a wonderful sense of humor. She is musical and would probably do well with classic dance or piano lessons. She is independent and can do almost all personal care activities on her own, such as dressing, bathing, toilet, hand-washing, brushing her teeth and hair. She plays well with other children and enjoys wrestling. She does very well with small children and wants to hold and care for babies. She would be a wonderful big sister. She prefers to eat with chopsticks, but does well with a fork and spoon, also. She is a very good eater and will eat/try most foods. She travels well in the car (traveled from Charlotte to Birmingham easily). She is a girly girl and loves all things glittery and princess. She is sassy (lets you know what she thinks with an eyebrow raised and hands on her hips) and full of personality.

Potential discipline challenges: She is strong-willed. It is important to establish rules from the beginning and consistently enforce them. She is smart and will test the limits in the early days, but if you continue to uphold household rules, she will quickly comply. She does hit (but not hard) sometimes when she is frustrated or you are not doing what she wants you to do. It would be important to address this behavior from the beginning. We did not consider any of her behavior to be out of the ordinary for a 7 year-old. When behavior is addressed (we only did so verbally) she is often penitent and wants to make up quickly.

Overall, we loved every single minute with Ping Ping. She is a ball of fun and energy and would do well in a family who is affectionate and loves to laugh.
Likes:
Dancing
Playing the piano
Singing
Her favorite songs (Jesus Loves Me, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Looking at pictures and videos of herself and ones she loves on the phone
Princess dresses
Baby dolls
Sequins and glitter
Bracelets
Hair bows
Having her hair fixed
Lavender hand lotion
Fruit (bananas, strawberries, peeled apples, mandarin oranges)
Chickfila nuggets and fries
Chinese corn chowder
Congee
Rice and noodles
All meats
Green beans
Room temp milk
Frozen yogurt
Someone to lie next to her to go to sleep
Reading books and being read to
To be praised (she will celebrate with you, my husband called her a little cheerleader)
To entertain others and make them laugh

Dislikes:
Dogs (she is afraid of them)
Sleeping alone
Blueberries
Green vegetables
Loud noises
The dark (night lights help)