Happy Autumn Moon Festival! This past weekend we had our annual Moon Festival party for the families we know who have adopted children from Vietnam and China. I made my now traditional chicken pho and my lovely guests supplied homemade dumplings, ginger tofu and lemongrass chicken. The little ones are all getting to the age where they really play with each other (unlike last year when only one of them was even walking) and it was great fun to watch them all laughing and having a great time painting, playing in the playroom, digging in the sandbox and sliding and climbing outside. This year we had ten grown-ups and six two and three year-olds and we had so much fun! Sorry there aren't more pictures, but I was busy trying to be a good hostess. After supper as the sun was setting we took our lanterns and tea out into the garden to watch the moon rise. It really was a great gathering, and I'm already looking forward to next year when the kids will all be three and four - and who knows, there might even be some new little ones joining our group by then!
Monday was the actual date of Tet Trung Thu this year and the moon was amazing and bright that night, the sky was clear and starry and the air was crisp and fresh. Adeline and I went out to look at the moon before bed, and you could tell that she knew it was a special time. We talked a long time about how the same moon that we see shines it's light on everyone in Vietnam too, and I wished for happiness, peace and health for all the people we know in Vietnam - Adeline's caregivers at the orphanage and her first family. On this holiday that is so important to families and children, I wonder if they look up at the moon and wonder what sort of life it shines on for their daughter. I wish I could tell them that not only is their girl safe, but that she is happy, creative, smart, beautiful, friendly, kind, gentle, funny and loving and she dances and sings and laughs her way through every day and that she is loved beyond measure. All I can do is send my silent wishes to the moon and hope that somehow they might know.