I'm So Ashamed
Not Really!
May 27, 2007

Spring has sprung, and I hang my head in shame for taking SO LONG to post another journal entry. My only excuse (notice I didn’t say reason) being that I am enjoying spending time with Ruby and Jada so much that I don’t want to tear away, even for t (more)...

Welcome To Our Journal

Welcome to our Journey to Ruby Lin!

NOTE: The Chinese symbols for the word "Ruby" are in the header on the home page.

We finally made the decision to share this amazing journey on an official site! Our hope is that you will continue to pray for our family through every step of the way.

Our wish for Ruby is that God will continue to wrap His arms around her and fill her with His love. I pray that she will feel God’s love her entire life through – beginning to end. I also pray that she will love the Lord, our Redeemer, with all her heart.

“They shall be Mine,” saith the Lord of hosts, “in that day when I make up My jewels." Malachi 3:17

With that scripture in mind, I found the words to this old song written by William O. Cushing in 1876 very appropriate for Ruby - our little jewel…….

When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Our Daughter Ruby Lin Lane
Native Name: Gao Shao Duo
Birth Date: Sep 5, 05
Birth Place: Gaozhou, Guangdong, PRC
Referral: Jun 27, 06
Travel Dates: Aug 30, 06 - Sep 14, 06
Agency: Living Hope Adoption Agency

We have chosen the name “Ruby Lin” for our daughter.

One Sunday morning in church, the name suddenly just rushed in my head. I had never thought of that name (and I had a list), so I felt like it was the name meant for our daughter. The confirmation came when Richard liked it too (we rarely agree on names).

After some research, we found….……
In Chinese culture, Red is the symbol for Good Luck, Happiness and Ultimate Joy.

The Bible says that wisdom is "more precious than rubies," (Job 28:18) that is to say very valuable indeed.

Ruby has been the world's most valued gemstone for thousands of years. Many legends suggest that the Ruby was the chief stone in Aaron’s Breastplate and the stone of Judah. (Exodus 28).

What name could be more perfect for our daughter who will have a sister named Jada Lee?

Personal Information
Richard and Sheila Lane
Kingsport, TN

We adopted our first daughter, Jada Lee from Fengcheng, Jiangxi, China in December 2003.