Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break." ~ Ancient Chinese Beli

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Festival of Lights

Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein (दिवाली की शुभकामनाएं) = A Hindu greeting during Deepavali - also known as the Festival of Lights.

Deepavali (aka Divali)is considered a very important day of the Hindu calendar, and in Singapore is highly celebrated in an area known as Little India. It's a time for rejoicing and renewal for the Hindus and Sikhs. Lights play a unique part of this festival as it is believed that there are spirits of departed relatives who come back to earth and so the lights are the guidance for those wandering souls to their subsequent world. For the Indians, this festival is like a New Year celebration and all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Deepavali celebrates the victory of goodness over evil and light over darkness.

Little India is adorned with a spectacular display of fairy lights, garlands of jasmine, and colorful arches to mark this festive period. People pour into the area for celebrations, sightseeing, and festive goods such as costumes, food, furniture, arts, crafts, and jewelries. In order to experience the excitement of the celebration first hand, we decided to do the same.

Ella getting her Henna Tattoo
Traditional Indian clothing is colorful and graceful
And the more glitz and glitter the better!
Lexi loves her clinky bangles and beads too!
Deepavali is one of Singapore's most important festivals because it is a time that helps harmonize people, promote goodwill, and share understanding through various ethnic groups.  

Happy Deepavali!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Family Forever Day!!!

One year ago today we met our sweet Lexi for the very first time.  

Lexi came to us timid, frail and broken and although we still see the scars of deprivation and lingering fearfulness, Lexi does take a great deal of comfort and safety from us as her family.    We have learned so much in the last 12 months - and one thing in particular is that healing can not be rushed but it can be guided with love.

Happy Forever Family Day Lexi - we love you!!!!