Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ruby's First Christmas

Ruby, adopted from China this past spring through Gladney's Asia Waiting Child Program, is about to experience her first Christmas! As you can imagine, this is an exciting time for Ruby as she experiences this new tradition with her family. Her first visit to Santa, her time baking Christmas cookies, her first time singing Christmas carols, her first Christmas morning waking up to see what Santa has left her.

Ruby's dad sent the below message to our Asia Waiting Child Program Staff to share how Ruby has been doing since coming home.

"I just wanted to let you all know that Ruby is experiencing her first Christmas! She places Santa at the top of her "Dear God" blessings at bedtime. Ruby is 6 years old and has been in the US now for 6 months. We have her enrolled in a private school where is excelling. She loves to dress up in pretty clothes; she adores other children; is kind, very considerate and always very cheerful. She is an absolute joy to us and to all our extended family and friends. She would want us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas."

Imagine the joy this family will feel on this very special first Christmas! If you have any "first Christmas" or "first Hanukkah" stories that you would like to share on our blog, please email Mary Chapman at mary.chapman@gladney.org. Happy Holidays!

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