I’m feeling really blessed right now.
In the midst of so much busyness, and my tendency to be anxious, and my occasional freak-out attack that I’m actually now a mom of two little girls in Africa who are coming home soon, I’m experiencing so much generosity from so many people. It’s humbling.
In addition to things I’ve previously mentioned, dear friends are planning what I know will be an ah-mazing shower for us this weekend, and someone that I’ve never met donated some great clothes for the girls today. A woman down the street is giving us an umbrella stroller and some toys, and our church is holding a donation drive for the girls’ orphanage and care center. People in our neighborhood are emailing congrats to us, and at one of my jobs, a sweet woman overheard we were adopting and offered babysitting, errand-running, and cooking services, since she’s an out-of-work law school graduate and adoptee. A wonderful friend of ours recently insisted on doing an online fundraiser for us to help defray trip and preparation expenses, and friends have been unbelievably generous. Another friend is helping us find language resources for our girls when they come home, and family members continue to be supportive and excited.
All of it is teaching me more about generosity, and about how to receive, and it’s challenging me to focus on the blessing and the gratitude more than the anxiety and fear.
It’s also reminding me that these little girls are not only going to bless B and me beyond belief, they’re going to touch the lives of all these fabulous people who are playing a role in their homecoming. I can’t wait until the girls understand just how many people were part of the village that prepared their way.
Have you had times in life where you felt blessed right on up to your eyeballs?
Hope it’s a slow weekend ahead for you and yours. Here are some links from this week that I thought you’d enjoy:
- If you had to pick: time with parents or a better school?
- I’m such a custard fan.
- Remember my interview with artist Nicole Bourgea? Her Urban Portrait Project, As Is is launched. Congrats, Nicole! If you live in the Capitol, check it out.
- The elderly can teach us a few things about how to stop worrying.
- Something else to do with all those tomatoes.
- Patches are back! Slow living means learning how to mend your own clothes.
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