Thursday, September 04, 2008

Special purchase

Today, I (Amy) went to the Yellow Daisy Festival here in Atlanta (actually Stone Mountain) and had a blast walking with friends and looking at hundreds of vendors.

2 interesting things happened. In the early afternoon, I was looking with friends at something and someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked "Are you Amy"? I said yes and she said I am Pam C. You see, Pam is a waiting family in Roswell and we have been visiting blogs and sending emails back and forth for months. The plan was to meet at First Friday tomorrow but I got to meet her early. How cool was that? There were thousands of people there, and the 2 of us wandered in the same place at the same time. I can tell she rocks and cant wait to visit with her.

We keep wandering and see something that looks a bit Asian. I notice that a man has a beautiful display of prints. He has different names written in Chinese. Of course I looked. Now, my plan was to buy the names Lynn and Marie and combine it. He asked me what I was looking for and I wrote down her name and he said come back in an hour. Then he said wait. Then, he proceeded to do the piece you see below. Is it not beautiful? The best part of the day was not the artwork but the conversation that went with it. He asked me about LynnMarie. He wanted to know if she was in an orphanage or a foster home and I explained that we were waiting. He then told me " Good for you. Daughters from China love their mommas. Doesn't matter if they live in China or America, Chinese girls love their mommas and LynnMarie will love you. He told me that adoption is a most wonderful gift and my life will be changed forever. He said he was sorry the wait was so long, as if this was his fault.This sweet man touched my heart. Now, my coworker that went with does not know a lot about China adoption but boy was she excited about this story and the artwork. This man touched two lives that day. He told me he is from Guangzhou and I asked him about the White Swan (since I really do not know much about the place). He said " Yes I know the White Swan, it is very old but has lots of heart". He laughed and said there was much more to China than the White Swan. My coworker thought he meant pandas. Oh dear.
I hope I see this man again. I do have his card if anyone is interested in his work.


I can not imagine my life if we had not said Ok God regarding adoption. I would not have as many heart warming stories to share. My life would be incredibly different.

and my friend Lauryn (after hearing about China and ladybugs) said she would be okay if she did not see a ladybug again for a very long time. Apparently I spotted a lot of them.









29 comments:

Jess said...

The artwork is very cute. I'm a bit behind the time and I would Like to know more about what you are talking about with the lady bugs. Please.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Beautiful story..
LOVE the artwork..
What a special day..
hugs..

Pam and Jeff said...

Hey!!
See you tomorrow:)
Pam

sara said...

i love it!

Michelle said...

That is so cute! I have seen these before, but never took the time to look at them up close. Love the small details!

Kay Bratt said...

What an interesting conversation you had! Next time you go back, you should have the same sign done in Chinese characters!

Kay

Briana's Mom said...

What an amazing encounter you had with that man! The artwork is beautiful!

Monica said...

How neat that you got to meet a cyber friend in real life even sooner than planned!

What a blessing to get the chance to listen a while to the Chinese artist. We have much to learn from each other across the cultures...not even so much in what we say, but who we are. I think that is what you caught a glimpse of in your conversation...a glimpse of another person's heart. I suspect he was probably blessed by you...warmed by the love he saw in your heart for the baby you haven't yet me.

The Straight's said...

Sounds like an incredible day and that your heart was especially with LynnMarie yesterday. I hope she finds her mommy soon :)

Jen said...

Sounds like a special day! I'd love to get the artist's information to get something made for Emma. And I have to admit that I bought a beautiful little ladybug zipper pull today to add to my China backpack. It's my first ladybug purchase in a long time. I am so weak!

sarah said...

Beautiful!

Mommy Spice said...

Oh, I love the name he made...especially with the little pandas. So cute!! That's awesome that you got to meet your friend early. I would love to bump in to a blogging friend somewhere.

Are you still collecting children's books? One of my favorites is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. Spicy Girl heard it at her school today and asked me how we got her name. It's such a sweet story. Thought you might like it.

Don and Be said...

Wonderful story, wonderful artwork, wonderful day. A winner all around!
I gave Be a similar piece for Mother's Day 2007. It now hangs in our dining room. Pic is on PBA. Here's the link ....

http://donandbe1.blogspot.com/2007/05/happy-mothers-day.html

Hoping to see y'all aagain soon. We loved seeing you last month - like we just picked up from where we left off.

Blessings, friends,
Don

Carol said...

I think we are meant to meet all of these people that we "bump" into..I think they are guides in our journeys.......

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Oh... that is to sweet...
I think it will look great in her room...
Take care

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

Beautiful artwork!!
What a “destiny meeting” it was to run into Pam like that…love when that happens!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

Elisa. said...

That's so great, what a fantastic day and I love the artwork.

Shelly and Family said...

Sounds like you had a great day and what a special meeting and purchase!!!!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

Whar a neat experience! Great artwork.

Debz said...

Wow it is beautiful!
How cool that you randomly met up with your bloggy friend a day before you were suppossed to actually meet! Small world!

sooze66 said...

What a great encouragement! Isn't it awesome that God sends some your way when it's most needed! I love the artwork!
Suz

Misty said...

I love you blog. My name is Misty Peterson. I am a mother of 2 asian angels. I see that you are a woman of prayer. Please pray for me and a team of women that at leaving for China this week. We are leaving to do a orphan care project in Tianjin, China. Good luck to you and your family.
In Him~ Misty
www.iwillkissyoufortwo.com
Love of Adoption~

supermommy said...

What a beautiful picture!

Beverly said...

beautiful. love the red thread stories like this.

Christie said...

That is just beautiful...LOVE IT.

Margaret Miracle said...

love LynnMarie's name. That will be beautiful in her room.

redmaryjanes said...

The artwork is darling. I love how you met two special people that day.
I too am glad that we are adopting. It has changed us forever.

sara said...

I love that you got to meet Pamm early!! God is so faithful! I love the print of Lynnmarie's name too...Aren't all the pieces of our stories amazing? especially when they are weaved together so intricately? I, too, can't imagine how different life would be had we not answered the 'call' - I am forever thankful for what god is doing in our lives!!

Joanne said...

I've been catching up a bit on your blog - wow what a story :) I love the artwork. It is ironic though, right after we were logged in, we were in the city and had a picture like this done for Mia...just seeing her name like this made it more real. . .