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.