Tuesday, July 27, 2010

wisdom (in the form of a fortune cookie).

last weekend, my family went here:for lunner (it's a proper term, we ate at 4pm!). apparently, it's quite the famous place for peking duck and really popular with the dc elite (i.e politicians, military bigwigs, etc). sadly, i only recognized a few people out of all the people plastered on their walls of fame -- laura bush, both george bushes, and wolf blitzer. i really should learn more about politics seeing how we live in "the most powerful city in the world" <-- that's literally the tag line for a local radio station. we stuffed our faces with peking duck...yum, delicious! and then we got our fortune cookies. i cracked mine open and got this: it says, "a pleasant experience is ahead. don't pass it by."

i was seriously convicted by this fortune cookie.



by a fortune cookie.

i felt like it was really applicable to our waiting period. i've been so wrapped up with waiting and worrying and being saddened by all the delays that i'm afraid i let some "pleasant experiences" pass by.

the impending arrival of choi boy looms ahead with no real specific details and it makes me anxious...when will he come? will i have everything ready? are we going to be able to get the plane tickets we want? am i going to really leave my co-workers hanging when i leave? etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

pleasant experiences tend to pop out of nowhere and anywhere and can easily be missed if you're not paying attention.

i was not always paying attention.

but, i've vowed to stop and pay attention and enjoy all the little pleasant experiences and perfect moments that are sure to pop up as we continue to wait.

and, i've decided that it'll be okay that choi boy isn't coming until the fall...while we'd love to have him home earlier, having him come in the fall will allow me to take a full maternity leave, something i was not planning on doing if he were to have come home during the summer.

and all this because of a fortune cookie. well, that and some prayer and thinking. :)

now, you know what would be a *real* pleasant experience? if we were to get our travel call today! heehee...i kid, i kid. well, not really, but you know what i mean, right?



  1. It's so easy to get wrapped up in this process, and move as though you have blinders on. Good job being able to take a step back and enjoy the here and now... or at least try to! :-)

  2. Thanks for your ICLW comment in my blog last week. I'm excited to hear the rest of your journey!

    Take care.

  3. I know it's cliche, but really the travel call comes when it should. I think you are handling it great. And if a fortune cookie helps you appreciate life a bit more...than bravo to the peking duck place!

  4. What a perfect fortune to get! Hoping for many pleasant experiences ahead!

  5. While we were waiting with uncertainty to know if we would be approved by China to bring our daughter home, I got a fortune cookie that read, "Pack your bags. You are headed for an exciting trip to the Far East." Needless to say, I declared that God speaks through fortune cookies ;)

  6. hope you'll enjoy MANY pleasant experiences in the near future.

  7. Hi Grace! I actually found your blog from your comment on Christine's blog. I'm glad I found you, though! Yes, my Joel is the one in the pics with Gabe.

    I love your attitude about your wait to travel...I'm excited to follow the rest of your journey!

  8. yes! waiting gracefully is a hard thing. do you know the song "while i'm waiting"?? such a great song for this waiting period. you are so right that you can miss SO much if you are impatiently looking ahead. your little man is being prepared for you right now. the way is being paved right now. it will happen at the very perfect time. =)


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