Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Music thoughts

The only trouble with having two months to put together a birthday care package is that I end up taking the entire two months to finish it! We picked out gifts, changed our minds, and replaced pieces of it. Multiple times. But we really need to get this into the mail so we're calling it quits and making a final decision. My love language is gifts and I am thrilled to have a child to buy presents for. Each piece of this care package is important to me in some way, which is why I had such a hard time deciding which gifts to include and which to save for later.

On an earlier Skype call, we asked Cin-Ru what she wants for her birthday. She wasn't sure, but asked for some music. Then a few minutes later she whispered to the director that she would like a USB speaker. We had never heard of such a thing but searched Amazon and found the perfect gift (in her favorite color!).

We also bought a small USB and loaded it up with music in both English and Chinese. Here are the English titles I chose, after many hours of deliberation:

Gold by Britt Nicole
I Am by Crowder
Beautiful by Jaime Grace
Compass by Jonathan Thulin
Overcomer by Mandisa
Day One by Matthew West
Speak Life by TobyMac
Good Fight by Unspoken
Testify to Love by Avalon
Luv is a Verb by dc Talk

I chose some of these songs because I thought Cin-Ru would like the style of music (Compass, I Am, Luv is a Verb). But I picked most of them because I hope the lyrics will encourage her.

You're one in a million, this, this is for all the girls
Boys all over the world
Whatever you been told
You're worth more than gold
So hold your head up high
It's your time to shine
From the inside out it shows
You're worth more than gold

Day One
It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer

Good Fight
Keep fighting the good fight (Never give up, never give up)
Keep letting your light shine (Holding it high as long as you live)
'Cause I'm never gonna leave you
Always gonna see you through to the other side
Keep fighting the good fight, fighting the good, fighting the good fight, good fight

We are also sending her the soundtrack to the very first Taiwanese television show we watched, which happens to be about basketball! Cin-Ru is a huge basketball fan and so I am greatly amused that my first and favorite Taiwan show is about one of my future daughter's favorite activities. I found the soundtrack on Amazon and it's all in Chinese so I hope she enjoys it. If she hasn't seen the show already, we'll watch it with her once she's home. Jeff says she probably hasn't seen it because it aired when she was only five years old. I'm feeling old...


Jason and Michelle said...

How fun! I'm excited to see what she says about the gifts.msybe Seattle will get a basketball team by the time she comes home :)

Julie Fukuda said...

I hope it will be a big hit.