Wednesday, March 13, 2013

26.... What a Year!

Wow, what a year it has been. 
It's March 14th which is significant for 2 reasons.
The first one is that it's the day I arrived back in China.
I have been living in China for a year. 
Sometimes it feels like it's been that long.
Other times feels like I just got here.

I remember that day so clearly.
Arriving back in the Beijing airport was very surreal as I had departed from that same airport less than 2 years prior.
But this time I was back in Beijing for a few short days before flying to Guangzhou.
The other significant date for March 14th you may ask?
Oh yeah, it's my birthday.
Which really isn't that significant!
But yes, I moved back to China on my birthday. 
Kind of crazy huh?
I felt that for my 26th birthday what better reason to celebrate it than to arrive in the country where God had been calling me for so long.
And what a year it has been! 
I have seen God's hand at work so very clearly around me.
He has healed and restored.
And brought me an in-explainable joy.
A joy that comes only from Him.
It's been a year of challenges.
And a year of growth.
A year of seeing miracle after miracle take place before my eyes.
A year of new things (like starting a preschool!)
and learning more about the Father's heart.
A year where I have met so many wonderful people whether in person on this side of the world or through the adoption circles we all appear to be in.
I have fallen in love and had to let go.
These kids have changed my life so much more than I'll ever be able to change theirs. 
I will forever be grateful for the impact they have made in me. 

Wow, 26.... what a year. 
Here's hoping that 27 is as exciting or even more so!


  1. Happy Birthday, Anneli!!!!! You are beautful inside and out! Thank you for loving on our boy and all the other sweeties!!!!! May God bless you BIG~

  2. Happy Birthday Anneli!!! I hope it's a wonderful day, can't wait to hang out when you come home :)

    1. Thank you Mim! Looking forward to seeing you too and hearing all about your adventures!

  3. Happy Birthday even from germany. May God bless you in this coming year and give you more than you´ve ever dreamed!!!


    1. Thank you SO MUCH Barbara! I love that I'm getting birthday wishes from all over the world!

  4. Happy, happy birthday Anneli! Praying that this next year exceeds your expectations and becomes one you never forget for all the blessings you recieve for being obedient to Him.

  5. Happy Birthday, friend! Wishing you all the best.

    Looking forward to this summer!!!


  6. Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you a fantastic day!

    1. Thank you! I had a wonderful birthday celebrated with my adorable little ones!


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