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Lovin’ on God’s Special Girl – Xiaoyun

on January 27, 2012

They don’t come much sweeter than this precious little girl.  Meet Xiaoyun…

She was adopted in April of 2011, just days before she turned 14 and would have become ineligible to be adopted.  She wanted to tell others about orphans so her family set a camera in front of her and asked her one question:  ”What do you want to tell others”?  This was her unscripted reply… (I promise that it is worth taking the few minutes it takes to watch.  You will be glad that you did).



If you managed to get through that without shedding a few tears, well, you are made from different stuff than I am.  Praise the Lord that Xiaoyun is no longer an orphan but a beloved daughter, surrounded by family and receiving much needed medical care! The tragic reality is that there are many others like Xiaoyun who will be turned out on the streets on their birthday never to know the love of a mama and a baba. How could our hearts not break with theirs?

She offers some wonderful suggestions of things that we can do.  Allow me to add one more: a way to shower some lovin’ on God’s special girl – Xiaoyun.

You see, I just learned about Xiaoyun last week from Stefanie over at the Ni Hao Y’all blog and ever since I clicked on that link to hear her speak, I haven’t been able to get her out of my head.  Stefanie writes:

“Xiaoyun was adopted just days before she was to age out. She has severe scoliosis and would have died if she had waited much longer. She is now in the hospital for a 6 week stay, which includes 6 surgeries to repair her scoliosis – and save her life. Because of her limited lung capacity, the doctors will not be able to totally relieve her pain and each surgery will get progressively harder. Xiaoyun’s mom, Cindy, has asked for prayers for her beautiful daughter and if anyone feels so led, to send a card or have your kids draw pics to send to her, as it will help to pass the time in the hospital and help her to stay strong.”

Sounded like a great idea to me so I showed Jack her video, explained that she had to spend some time at the doctors and asked if he would like to make her a card.

I don’t think I have ever seen so many stickers on a single piece of construction paper in my life! :)  I so wish that I had a picture to share its sweetness with you but our camera bit the dust a few weeks ago and has yet to be replaced.  You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Dear boy just wanted to help make her feel better and said with the placement of every smiley face, spiderman, heart and teddy bear …

“ummm mommy, I think that little girl will like this sticker.

Do you think that will make her smile mommy?”

I thought that was that and the card making would probably be the extent of it but a week has gone by since then and Jack talks about Xiaoyun every.single.day.  He constantly asks me about her and tells everyone we meet – and I do mean everyone from the man checking us out at the dollar store (we were picking out some fun valentine’s decorations to cheer up her hospital room a bit), to friends coming over for a play date, to every single person in line at the post office this…

“Ummmm, I made a cool card for Xiaoyun.  She is the little girl with the crooked back . Yes, her back is really, really owie so she has to go to the hospital so the doctors can make it all better.  We are sending her a card and stickers and pretty decorations my mommy picked out at the store to make her smile so she can feel better and remember that Jesus loves her.  Ummmm, you can do that too if you want to!”

I just shrug my shoulders and smile.

But really, who could resist such a sweet invitation to share Jesus’ love with such a special girl?  So on behalf of Jack, I extend the offer to you as well…

To send Xiaoyun a card, mail it to:

Evelyn (Xiaoyun) Willoughby
c/o Kosairs Children’s Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202



“Lord, When did we see you sick…and come to you?  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:39-40

3 Responses to “Lovin’ on God’s Special Girl – Xiaoyun”

  1. Natalie says:

    My sister had major surgery for her scoliosis when she was almost 14, also… it was hard! We wil send this precious one a card, for sure!

  2. Natalie says:

    *will :)

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