Yul just has the sweetest personality. He is adjusting to our family like he never left. All his siblings are so happy to have him back. I am overwhelmed daily that God has given us the privilege of being parents to this treasure of a son! He is willing to do anything asked, and he picks up things so quickly. He is already writing his name, is working on the alphabet, and helped make brownies.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Yul Francis Boroughs!
Finally, we can officially introduce our son. This very special boy has a very special name. Yul's given name is Yu Long, and Yul just seemed like the perfect new name, intertwining the old and new. Interestingly, we found out recently that "long" means "dragon" in Chinese, and since my maiden name is Dragon, that just seemed like a neat connection.
As for his middle name, Francis, that has incredibly significant meaning. Our children all have special middle names, after either a family member or other very special person. Months ago, we were discussing Yul's name and my husband had the best idea! Instead of us picking a middle name, we would ask someone special to choose. Of course, this person had to be Elizabeth DeHority!
Elizabeth discussed it with her family and they chose the name Francis. We loved it and the reasons they chose that name made us love it even more. Elizabeth lost a precious son named William Francis DeHority, and so Yul will be named in his honor. She also shared with us the Prayer of Saint Francis, which is very special to her:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Not only is this prayer beautiful, but if you know Elizabeth, she lives this prayer. She is one of the most inspirational, selfless, and genuinely beautiful people I have had the privilege to know. I am honored to call her friend, and I could never express my deep love and gratitude to her enough.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
This morning Adam and Caroline started their journey to bring our boy home! It's three flights over many many hours and over 8,000 miles! Keep them in prayer for safe travels.
Our first day at home waiting was a bit of a doozy, with me needing to call a dear friend to come rescue me from a medical "situation" with her nursing expertise. Thankfully the medical issue was resolved, and my sweet friend is coming back tomorrow to bring us dinner. My neighbor also blessed us by taking the four older kids to her son's birthday party (where they enjoyed brick oven pizza and birthday cake), and brought some goodies home for the rest of us. We are all anxiously counting down the hours till we get to see some "gotcha" pictures!