Friday, May 01, 2009

Supported on all sides

One of the things that many parents who are adopting kids with special needs struggle with is lack of support from friends and family. Sometimes it's not intentional, but people asking questions like "Why would you want to do that?" or commenting "Glad it's you and not me." don't help support a family as they are in the process of bringing their children home.

Thankfully, we have never encountered any comments or questions like that although I know of many other adopting families who have. We have had nothing but support from all of our family and friends, which I am so grateful for. And thank you that even if you do not support us that you haven't said anything to our faces. ;)

But today I received one of the sweetest notes of support from a co-worker and I wanted to share it with you. I hope she doesn't mind since I didn't ask permission, but I'm not sharing any names. :)

My whole family has been praying for the girls and the rest of your family. D picked out these clothes for the girls. He especially liked the watermelon skirt! :) We have been using this as an opportunity to teach him about families and how they are all different, but the important thing about families is the love in them. He is understanding this more every day and often asks about "Mommy's friend from work who is going to get her babies." I hope the next phase goes smoothly for you all! God bless!"

This simple note of encouragement brought me to tears and is such a great reminder of how many, many people we have praying for and supporting us.

Thank you to all of you who are such an encouragement to us and to other adoptive families. It is a big, scary journey at times and it's so nice to have the love and friendship that you share with us.

We leave in 2 days to bring the girls HOME!! :) :) :)


Tami said...

What a blessing! :)
TWO DAYS!!! ACK! I didn't realize it was coming up so soon. I guess it is May. Have a wonderful trip - keep us posted and love on those girls for us! :)

Rachel said...

I am so happy for your family and for the girls!

schoolmother said...

Sweet note and so wonderful that you are headed back so soon! Congratulations!

Missy said...

Aw, that is so sweet! How nice. :o)

Julie said...

Oh my goodness! You're leaving in 2 days! Well, now that I'm writing this you're leaving in 1 day :) We will all be praying for you!!

Leslie G said...

AWWWWWW, what a sweet note of encouragement.
What a blessing for you to be surrounded with people who support you.
Can't wait to see pics posted of the girls at HOME!
We will continue praying. :-)

Manion Family said...

God Bless you all on your trip! I hope all goes well!
Kristi and Mike Manion

Tina said...

I really liked reading this post. Thinking of you guys and praying for you. Woo hoo!!!

jena said...

2 days?!?!!?? So excited for your family. We will be praying as you bring them home. What a pleasure to get to watch this part of your journey. Blessings to you!


The Flying Eagle said...

Courtney & Mark, Best of luck to you guys on your return trip :-) We can not wait until your whole family is safely under one roof! Monica & David