Many of you know the story of Yihong (or James) and Min, Yihong’s beautiful wife, who came to Central Michigan University ten years ago. Yihong arrived as a graduate student, without his wife, and we met him at the plane, proud that we knew four words of Chinese, unaware that tones were important, and probably unwittingly smiling at him and calling him earwax.
Yihong came home with us and stayed for several weeks. We taught him to open a checking account, to operate a hot water heater, and that “are you decent?” is not a question about character. He taught us about how to think about life in new ways, about the idiocy of idioms, and that the eyes of the American evangelical often look at the world through a mist of presuppositions that cloud the view Jesus intended us to have.
We fell in love with Yihong, who became our Chinese son. Four months after his arrival, his wife Min came to join him. They have been our children–in addition to Jessica and Nate–for ten years. And yesterday they gave birth to beautiful Audrey Grace, a gift from God after many years of waiting.
We praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Welcome, granddaughter, Audrey Grace. Grandma Shelly can’t wait to get her hands on you.