The original plan was to bless Maaike on the 4th of July in Beijing. My wonderful parents bought their tickets back in December so that they could be there. As it turns out I was at the hospital with Maaike, two days out of her trach surgery. So instead of going out to help us settle and adjust with a new baby in China my parents flew out to rescue Sid from single parenthood and pack us up for another international move. We don't know what we would have done without them. Now, other a month later and on the other side of the world, Maaike finally got her turn. My parents were able to make a trip once more to be here with the added bonus of my sister and her family from Chicago. It was wonderful to celebrate all the blessing we have received in the past couple of months and to call on the Lord to continue blessing our sweet baby girl.
After the service we met back at our farmhouse, under the big oak tree, for a family lunch. It was wonderful to have both sides of our families together and to thank them for all the love and service they have given us.