Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Girls night out

Last night, I had the wonderful privilege of having dinner with some friends in the adoption community. One of my new friends asked me if I was still okay with the wait as it is still increasing and I quickly said YES!!!! I started thinking about this. I have not gotten down at all. I'm sure at some time, it will sink in and I will be sad, but for now I want to enjoy these moments.

I have to tell you that in Oct 2006 we went to our orientation with our agency and since then God has done great things, fabulous things. I have never experienced what some people call a "spiritual awakening" but these past months have been nothing short of amazing. I know what awesome things God has done since then, I can not even imagine what He has planned for the rest of this journey and I think that's why I am okay.

We now have a home church introduced to us from members of the adoption community. Because of that I am involved in a weekly Bible Study, participate in a book club, and have become good friends with some of these ladies. Michael has attended the mens minstry as well. We are active in our small group.

For family and friends, you know that I do not open up much. I have kept my feelings to myself. Since this adoption thing has started, its so much easier to do that. I have real friends who know me and although opening yourself up to friends can sometimes be a risk, the benefits have been awesome. I have really been changed by this and we are just waiting..God is good!

Work. I have had better relationships with patients and parents. I have met close to 100 families who have adopted from China and other countries from all around the world. I get a glimpse into their lives for just a brief moment and in that moment that they are touching my life, I hope to ease their burden of a hospital visit just a little bit. God is good! I am sooo not deserving of this. Even with Michael..when he worked with Chik Fil A, he was able to start conversations with families with Chinese Children.

First Friday-Gosh, where do start? A monthly gathering of people interested in China adoption, those waiting, and those who are home. Instant family. There are no words for this group. Susan and Dan, thank you once again for listening to God and opening these doors. Many have been touched, many seeds have been planted. Lifelong friendships have been started and that in itself is just awesome. Each month, I am ready to here stories. There is a gathering this Friday if anyone of you are in the Atlanta are and we are having dinner before hand at La Dolce Vita

Family and friends whom we have not been in contact with in years are interested in this journey. WE have received quilt squares from people we didn't expect (we have 47 to go, HINT HINT) and have had sooooo many prayers.

This blog. Wow. You have been so kind. I love my Saturday morning chats over at the Seventh Diamond (see sidebar) and I love praying for you. Although I pray daily, on Mondays I pray specifically for this process, the people involved and most importantly the children. I also pray for every person who reads this blog. Just know you are prayed for.

Love Without Boundaries- I do not how this will impact our journey but wow, do I feel connected to this group and can not wait to read more about what they are doing.

I feel like I have posted this subject before. That's okay. LynnMarie may read this one day and I want her to know that although she will not be with us for quite awhile, she has had an enormous impact on our lives.

I can not put into words how my heart and mind have been changed. I have read your stories, seen your videos, watched pictures from Gotcha Day. Many of you have been a source of hope and strength. I cant mention everyone but particulary Miss Laney, Sheridan, Shelby have encouraged me far beyond words. For those of you who have been there, done that, THANK YOU!!! Let me just tell you what an emotional person I have become. When I learned that yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of Sheridans referral, I cried. Seriously, that one little boy has brought smiles and laughs to many people during their difficult times. I remember crying at work when Laneys gotcha pics were up! I love to cry!

and to think this all started with a stingray excursion on a Disney Cruise..

God is indescribable!


The Straight's said...

So glad that adoption brought your friendship to me as well. Thank you for always put a smile on my face when reading your posts.

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Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

How fun!!!
I am with you .. I have not got down either and don't plan on it..
I am with you girly..
Hugs to you..

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

You're it..
come by and see me..

redmaryjanes said...

I am so glad to know you. You are just so uplifting and you keep me focused on what is really important.

Jay, Angela & Laney said...

It makes me so happy to know that Laney has brought so much encouragement to you! I'm sure that many people are encouraged by your thoughtful posts. Thanks for letting us share your journey!

Debz said...

I'm glad to hear your holding on tight. I had to stop and ask myself the other day, if when we first started this journey they would have said possible 3 years rather than 7-9 months would it have stopped not at all. We're in it for the long haul, the ups and the downs, the good times and bad, sad and happy times and the big and small of it all. Thanks for being there for us with your prayers, I love that.

Laura said...

Thanks for such a thoughtful post...I always love to read your thoughts.

The other night was fun, too. It was so great to see you!


Mommy Firecracker said...

I am a first time visitor to your blog. I see your sweet responses and photo on some of my favorite blogs and your blog came up on my google reader alert for some reason today. I clicked on your blog--and saw that you are a CCAI family. We are too-they are just AWESOME. We will be celebrating our 4th forever family/gotcha day this April.

The reason I am commenting is that I love your banner--my daughter's orphanage is small and her birth city is actually on your banner map. I have never seen a map with that city on there, except for the red thread map I ordered from Henni.

We are the only family in our state whose daughter is from that orphanage. Would it be possible for you to share with me where you found the map?

Thank you so much!

Mommy Firecracker
[because my daughter is quite a firecracker, full of sparkle and joy--and her real name actually means "that which brings joy"]

Mommy Spice said...

I love your blog. You are always so positive and thankful. I'm glad all of these wonderful things have happened in your life. The adoption world has really opened up wonderful things in our life as well.

We're doing fine with the wait as well. Of course, now since my husband is having to find a new job, which means we may be relocating to another city, the wait is ok with us.

chicknboy said...

what a fantastic post! I love your attitude :) and your outlook -you have your eyes on the Lord :)

Roy and Lori said...

I admire your strength and focus!

The Princess's Mommy said...

What a wonderful post! I'm sure your positive attitude will inspire others in the long wait. I pray daily that things will speed up so all those precious children can come home to their waiting families!

Thanks for the sweet comment on our blog. Stop by anytime!


ps-We love Laney, too!

Mob said...

So refreshing to hear an upbeat outlook! Thanks!