Those of you who knew Jack when he was about the same age as Maddie Rae will undoubtedly remember his famous trick, "The Monster." We would tell him to do the monster, and he would tense up his arms and face and not breath until he absolutely had to. When he had a really large audience, sometimes he would get so many laughs that we would think he was going to burst a blood vessel or pass out. So you can imagine our surprise when we were sitting at dinner a couple of weeks ago and suddenly Maddie Rae busted out the infamous monster. She of course got laughs, which egged her on, and now she will do it on cue. There is a Chinese proverb that the adoption community likes to quote as evidence that our children were meant to be ours. "An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet...regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break." We would refer to this "red thread" as God's sovereignty in bringing our daughter, who was woven together by Him, into the thread of our family. I would say that not only is this proof that Maddie Rae was meant to be ours, but also that God certainly has a sense of humor and delights to give us glimpses of himself and his will through these "red thread" monster moments!