She is an unashamed city girl. Although her first few years of life were in Iowa, Chicago is now home to our 12 year-old daughter, Jadyn. When her city classmates learned that she lived in Iowa they assumed she knew how to milk a cow, laso a horse, drive a tractor, and lip-sync to popular country songs. But they were wrong. This little Iowan had her sights set on a far-away land – China! Floral silk fabrics, bamboo plants, and panda birthday cakes.
As parents, we pass along many things to our children. However, Jadyn’s obsession for China wasn’t passed down but was sprouting from within. It was mysteriously growing on us, a curiosity for a foreign land that had captivated our little girl for years. Plane tickets were purchased and father and daughter set out. The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and New Day Foster Home filled the itinerary. Each place created memories, but the little round faces at New Day made the top of her China story. China became more than a place with amazing historical sites and culture. Each child at New Day has a medical need, some requiring surgery, but this doesn’t deflate them of life. Rather it fanned fresh air into the life of this pre-teen. When she returned we hooked the camera up to the TV and listened for hours as she spoke of Claire, Nicole, Vincent…sharing detailed stories about each child at New Day. Philip, Joshua, Landon…she loves them all! They were China to her!
|Her send-off party before she headed to the airport.|
When Jadyn heard that Village to Village Intl. was headed back to New Day in the Spring of 2013 she pleaded to join her dad’s side and help lead the team. Never underestimate the power of a child! Jadyn’s love for the children in China has infected our family and we hope it sparks a curiosity in you too. Follow the children at New Day Foster Home here. And join Village to Village Intl. in providing formula for the children with medical needs. We want to deliver cases of formula this coming Spring. Dates are being finazlied for our trip and Jadyn would love for you to join her.