Baby_on_floor_1Chinese folklore says there are invisible red threads connecting a
newborn child’s spirit to all the people who will be important in her/his
life. As the child grows, the threads shorten to bring these people closer



Xi An Jie I cannot tell you how excited we are.  My sister got word today that a daughter awaits her and her husband in China.  She’s adorable, isn’t she?!  She waits (in good care, I’m sure) in Dingyuan orphanage in Anhui Province.  Here’s the link to a map of orphanages in Anhui province. We, her family here in CA, are all wearing red threads as a prayer, to help bring her safely home to J and J.  I pray for her biological mother who gave her the gift of life both by birthing her and by finding a way to give her to my sister. 

A red thread to China

A red thread to China was cast today
From us to a child so far away.

This thread symbolizes an attachment of hearts
That distance alone can’t keep us apart.

This tiny, thin thread may stretch, tangle or fray
But our love for her will grow stronger each day.
Through the test of time it won’t break or sever
She’ll be part of us forever and ever.

With oceans between us, the distance is spanned
By a love that is greater than we could have planned.

So for now we’ll just love her and pray every day
That God keeps her and loves her for us till we may
Travel to China, that land of great past,
To the side of our daughter, to hold her at last.

© T.A.F. 2002 (Adapted)

For more information about adoption of girls from China, I highly recommend the book The Lost Daughters of China, by Karin Evans