I was sharing the story with a friend the other day and she suggested I include it here. So, here it is! If Grace were to write a letter to Santa this year, here is what I think she would say.
Hi, my name is Grace and I am 16 months old. I can't speak in words yet so my mom is writing to you for me.
I think I have been a good girl this year, even with all the changes it has brought. It's been a tough one for me, moving to Canada and getting to know my new family but I like them and think I will settle in for good.
I always eat my lunch and dinner and I'm trying hard to get the spoon in the bowl. I have worked very hard at listening to my mommy speak English and I know lots of words and tricks now. I can shake my head yes and no, and lean from side to side. I can raise my arms up and blow kisses. I've learned to climb the stairs all by myself and I can walk from the couch to the chair at Grandma and Grandpa's house! I try really hard to go to bed on time and mommy says I am doing a good job of trying to stay asleep. This week I learned how to wave good-bye when people are leaving. Sometimes I wait till they are already out of the house and driving down the street before I start to wave, but then, I wave like crazy and mommy laughs.
So, I think I have been good and would like to tell you what I want for Christmas. I know children don't get everything they ask for, even from Santa, but please try to do your best, just like me.
I would like a new walking toy. The one I'm using right now is almost worn out!!! I move around the house a lot!
I would like my own remote control because mommy always hides the ones she has on top of the couch where I can't reach yet!
I would also like my own phone. Sometimes mommy talks on the phone and then I have nothing to do so I climb up her leg, but a new phone of my own would be more fun I think.
I think I would like a puppy. I have started to like Grandma and Grandpa's dog and now I think we should have one too! (Mommy may edit this request out before sending if off to Santa!)
If you could, I would also like my birth mom and all the people back at Xuzhou SWI to know that I am doing great. I am happy and healthy and am loving my new home here in Canada. I even like snow!
I think that's it! Thank you Santa and just so you know, you are on our front door and mommy lifts me up every day so I can kiss you!