In My Own Words: Being adopted from China and growing up in the United States

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Lyana Hall shares her experience about being adopted from Southern China and growing up in the United States. 

I was born in what at the time was called the Guangdong province located in Southern China. When I was 15 months old, I was adopted on November 22. When that happened I gained new and amazing parents. The plane ride wasn’t the greatest thing only because at the time I had an ear infection.
Guangdong province
Months after I was adopted my entire extended family went to Disney World. My mom would push me around in my stroller so I would be able to look around. The Disney trip was breathe taking. Every day we did and saw something new. There were amazing pleasures to explore. We watched fireworks and went to the zoo.

I had a great time with my older cousin Stacey. I look up to her as my older sister. She has always been there for me. Then there is my other cousin, Megan. She is a lot older than me and has always been supportive and loving.

After our trip to Disney, it was long until it was Easter and I got to celebrate it in my new house with my new family. I enjoyed painting Easter eggs with food dye. We put them in the pot to boil the night before so we didn’t have to worry about it the next morning. That next morning we painted the eggs.

Later my brother and my dad hide the eggs and my mother helped me find them. I remember wearing my favorite fuzzy purple hat with a pompom on top of the hat and a colorful cape. I would run as fast as could to try to find the eggs to put in my Easter basket with my cape flapping behind me. My face lit up with pure happiness when I found each egg.

Now that I'm older, I’ve developed a love writing. In fact, I’ve been writing for a while now. My friend Meadow and I are in the process of creating a book. The book is about inspirational messages and quotes about Christ. We are about half way done. I love sharing my passion with one of my best friends.

I’m 15 years old now and a freshman. I had have to adjust to life in the high school but I really enjoy it. I'm lucky to have friends who support me.  I’m currently in color guard. My teammates have grown into close friends. All of the guard girls means so much to me. We all have a tight bond and I can tell them anything that’s going on. No one can make me smile bigger than them. The color guard members include Maddie Swope, Christine Fritz, Hannah Westerman, Erin Kuntz, Bella Eckert, Izzie Hayes, Julie Stinston, and Lauren Powell.

All the memories I have are all very important to me for many reasons. 

--By Lyana Hall, LS News reporter

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities.

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