Saturday, September 08, 2007

First Friday

What to say... Last night was our monthly First Friday gathering. Its a monthly adoption support group that's hosted by the Chapmans. What a wonderful couple. To go back to how we met them. After our Disney Cruise 2 years ago, a couple gave me the Chapmans number. Well Susan called me one day and just gave me the name of our agency, who I had never heard of. It was exacly what we were looking for. That phone call led to our application that led to our LID. Susan also invited us to First Friday which opened the door to so many new friends.

Last night was our last meeting at their house!Why? Because we have outgrown it..How cool is that? We will be meeting at North Metro Church. If you live anywhere near Atlanta, I hope you will take some time to check it out!

It was once again a special time. We have been attending for one year now. Our first meeting was the week before we turned in our application. Its been a great way to meet friends and to gather support for this journey.

We have watched people wait for their babies, get their referrals, travel and come home. Its been awesome. This is such an important part of our journey and we are going to be much more prepared when we travel for LynnMarie.

If you have read our blog, you know that we have been praying for Sheridan and his family. We got to meet him last night. he is just wonderful. He is 2 and so fun!! It was nice to see him. We were also able to say hello to Laney who has been home for a bit.

There were more China babies that I had not met yet. We were also able to have some time to visit and get to know people on a personal level. I wished I could visit with them more than once a month. I have learned so much. It was truly another wonderful evening and I look forward to the growth. I also look forward to the tears, because they are usually happy tears.

Adoption brings out emotions that I had no idea I had. I wish I could explain the connection I have with these new friends. If you are even thinking about adoption, i hope you will consider attending. It's truly a blessing.

You will hear much more about First Friday. When I started my personal blog almost 2 years ago, I talked about finding a passion about something. I never would have thought my passion would be international adoption. God is good. We prayed for friends. I can not describe the new friends in my life or what they mean to me. I really can not imagine not being in this process right now!!!

12 comments:

Special K said...

It was great to see you! First Fridays has been such a wonderful part of our journey, partly because it led us to you!

CJ and Donna said...

First Friday's are truly special and I am glad you are a special part of them :)

Tammy said...

Great to visit with you last night. We thought of you tonight when we passed the new Walgreens. :) Hope you have a great week and we look forward to seeing all God has in store for the FF as we transition to North Metro.

DAVID AND AMY VENN'S WEBSITE said...

It was nice to meet you both at the 1st Fridays meeting. Until next time,
Amy, David and Emily Grace :-)

Mark and Rebecca said...

Great to see you! We are excited about the step of faith in moving FF to North Metro. Very exciting!

redmaryjanes said...

I have been told that a group for adopting moms might be starting up at our church. I really hope so! I am so glad that you all have each other.

Annette said...

Hi Amy, your FF nights sound inspiring...so lucky for you that you have a support group like that. I belong to our local chapter of FCC, but they don't meet as often. They usually have speakers which is great. But it would be nice to have a less formal meeting among adopting families to sit and chat with. Have a great day!

nikki said...

Sounds wonderful!
Adoption does open up a whole new world, doesn't it!?

Jeff and Michelle said...

Are you talking about THE Chapmans? If so, I am so jealous! Well, I would just love to attend any adoptive group, there is nothing like that here! You are blessed! I can't wait to hear more!
Michelle

Tamara said...

I'm glad your group is going so well! I and some others started our own version with area waiting families here a few months ago and are now getting big enough that restaurants are a little hard to do, so we're going to try to mix it up with some at-home months too. Its a great way to get to know others and mark progress to our little ones.

Leslie said...

Hello, I'm new to your blog, and Angie from "A Mothers Place" told me about you. I also see you know a cyber friend of mine...Rebecca R. I'm so jealous of your FF. I've always enjoyed Rebecca's posts of her time at these fun FF events. I would love to talk to you about our newly adopted daughter with a reparied cleft lip and palate. She also has a hemangioma on her right cheek. You can email me your phone number if your intrested in talking to me through my blog at www.leslie-world.blogspot.com. I have free long distance, so I surely don't mind giving you a call when it's convenient for you. Also wanted to tell you, we have a basset hound also...how funny. Hopefully we can talk soon.

Susan and Dan said...

Hey guys...thanks for the great feedback, we appreciate the journey, we are right there with you as we wait for Hope. Hopefully we will continue to please our Father as we move to his home!! That sounds really good!!!