Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Don't be sad my most beautiful little angel. Mama will sing some nursery rhymes to you.

When we were in China, our guide Sissi would sing nursery rhymes in Chinese to our daughters while traveling in our bus. All 3 of our China dolls were hypnotized by Sissi's beautiful voice and the rhythm of her songs. Today, I came across the packet she put together for us filled with the songs she would sing. It brought tears to my eyes just thinking about how happy we were in that moment. The songs brought so much peace and comfort to our daughters in such a confusing time for them. Since this blog is Halainah's life book, I knew I must add a few of the songs our dear friend Sissi would sing to calm our daughter's fears. I sang them to Halainah this evening and she smiled from ear to ear. She started to sway back and forth and I knew that she must still take comfort in these songs. We made a promise to Sissi that we would sing these to our daughter's often. She even made us practice in the bus. So Sissi, this post is for you, our dear friend, we will never forget you.

Yi Shan Yi Shan Liang Jing Jing (Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star)

Yi Shan Yi Shan Liang Jing Jing
Man Tian Dou Shi Xiao Xing Xing,
Gua Zhai Tian Kong Fang Guang Ming,
Hao Xian Xu Duo Xiao Yan Jing.
Yi Shan Yi Shan Liang Jing Jing
Man Tian Dou Shi Xiao Xing Xing.

Liang Zhi Lao Hu (Frere Jaques)

Liang Zhi Lao Hu, Liang Zhi Lao Hu,
Pao De Kuai, Pao De Kuai,
Yi Zhi Mei You Er Duo, Yi Zhi Mei You Wei Ba,
Zhen Qi Guai, Zhen Qi Guai.

Da Mu Ji (I'm not sure which nursery rhyme this is in English, our Guide says it translates to "Big Hen". But she sang this a lot...I can still hear her beautiful voice)

Da Mu Ji Ya Hei, Ge Ge Da Ya Hei,
Wo Ai Ta Ya, Ta Ai Wo Ya Hei,
Ge Ge Da, Ge Ge Da, Ge Da Ge Ge Da,
Ge Ge Da, Ge Ge Da, Ge Da Ge Ge Da.

Ma Li You Zhi Xiao Mian Yang ( Mary Had A Little Lamb)

Ma Li You Zhi Xiao Mian Yang, Xiao Mian Yang, Xiao Mian Yang,
Ma Li You Zhi Xiao Mian Yang, Ta Zhang De Zhen Piao Liang,
Bu Guan Ma Li Dao Na Li, Dao Na Li, Dao Na Li,
Bu Guan Ma Li Dao Na Li, Ta Yi Ding Yao Gen Chu.

So why was my beautiful little angel so sad in the picture above? Well, because mama brought her outside on 3 separate occasions in her birthday dress to take pictures for her invitations. She wanted to run around and play and I wanted the perfect picture. I can't wait to show you the final masterpiece and how beautiful her invitations are.


Anonymous said...

Aww! What a lovely post! I can't wait to see her invitations!!

Amy said...

such a sweet picture even if she is sad.


Gardenia said...

she is beautiful. love that dress and the way the wind is blowing thru her wispy hair.

Anonymous said...

Hey Deanna:

I want a link where I can hear you singing them to her!!!!! Big Smile!!!

See you soon!

Aunt Ann

aamayna said...

That is awesome you sing those to her!! I love it. Can't wait to see the final shots!