September 1, 2005

A Letter from President Bush

Yesterday the big excitement was that they tore down the house kitty-corner across the street from us. It was pretty funny since a bunch of the neighbors, and their kids, all stood on the sidewalk watching it happen. In just an hour or so the house was literally gone. The construction crew then spent the rest of the day scooping up the piles of debris that were left behind.

After all the construction excitement we went to the Farmer's Market. This is the girls looking completely indignant because I've now banished them to their stroller while we're at the Farmer's Market. A couple weeks ago Michal wiped out on the black top when her squeaky shoe got caught in a crack so now they have to stay in their stroller.

Today the girls' Certificates of Citizenship arrived. These are the official documents that say they became citizens on July 21, 2005.

Each certificate has a photo on it that was taken while we were in Guangzhou. It's amazing how much both girls have already changed. In the pictures they look so little to me. I can't imagine what I'll think in a year or two!

The certificates came with a letter from President Bush. The letter is on official White House letterhead -- complete with an official-looking embossed Presidental seal and everything!

The letter is beautifully written and says in part, "Americans are united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, and that no insignificant person was ever born. Our country has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by principles that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests, and teach us what it means to be citizens."

Ileana and Sophie came out from the city today to see us. We went to the park and out to lunch. I somehow managed to not take a single picture so you'll just have to trust me that Sophie has grown and is as cute as ever! Plus, she was sporting two very fashionable pony tails that Michal kept trying to pull out. Thank you Ileana for making the drive!

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