Now to tell you about our first date!
But first, something to make you giggle.
I talk a lot about our adoption and the infant years on this blog, but let me share about some fun we are planning for the childhood years.
That night, after a day of celebrating our child, we are going to creep into his or her room with the first Harry Potter book and read a chapter aloud. Hopefully, our child will fall in love with the series just as we did. As a family, we will read the series a chapter a night, reliving our own childhood and watching our own child(ren) come discover the excitement a book can bring.
I know some Christians are wary about Harry Potter...and after reading the books ourselves, reading the articles of some biblical experts (many of whom are pro-Harry Potter), and praying on it, we believe there is a lot to be gained from these stories. For those of you who have not read the series, themes in the books include good versus evil (spoiler alert: good always wins), love shown through selflessness and self-sacrifice, facing fears and finding courage, loyalty and friendship. We'll also highlight the biblical elements woven into the stories. For example, when Harry visits his parents' graves, the tombstone reads "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (1 Corinthians 15:26) while on another tombstone (that of Dumbledore's mother and sister) reads, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19). :-)
But now what you really want to hear about...the date! Future Papa opened his first envelope just a few days before the 1st of August (he couldn't wait) and it contained a letter from a professor at Hogwarts, complete with the school crest at the top of the page. It read:
Dear Mr. (Future Papa),
We are pleased to inform you that while you have not been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you and your wife have been deemed worthy to attend a matinee showing of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2). Muggle theaters will expect your attendance in August 2011. We await your owl for confirmation of invitation receipt.
We were going to see Harry Potter in theaters! A real treat for us. And we loved it. (For those of you who saw it, yes, I cried too).
And because there are so many great images out there...enjoy some more :-)