Where to begin???
I feel so loved. and I am exhausted.
Friday night was a Love Shower. Saturday morning was an adoption sale. We had friends in town from North Carolina. Today was breakfast with friends, church, lunch with friends, movie, errands..
I start school tomorrow. We are so tired.
But we are happy :)
Friday evening my sweet friends Rebecca and Christy had a "Love Shower" for me.
It was just perfect and wonderful.
The decorations were absolutely adorable. They couldn't have been cuter. They put the shower I did to shame. :)
|People wrote us sweet notes on these cards. It was so great to go back and read later. On the left was the invitation that was sent. It was really neat to see his name in print.|
I was telling them, through a couple tears...that I was so thankful that they chose to come and celebrate Briar with me. It is NOT EASY nor is it FUN to bear burdens with someone. It hurts to watch someone else hurt. It takes courage to put yourself in a place of pain...on a Friday night when you could be doing WAY MORE FUN things :) I told them thank you for being willing to hurt with me and bear those burdens with me.
In Romans 12:15 it says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn". It is easy to REJOICE with others, but it is much harder to mourn with them. I speak from experience, as usually I back off of friends who are hurting and think, "Oh, that must be so hard, what they are dealing with"...but I fail to reach out and show myself as someone who loves them.
Galatians 6:2 says "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
I don't know if I ever really knew what this looked like until we walked this road. As others come in and shoulder some of the burden, it truly seems easier....lighter. Today, in the sermon, one of our pastors said that community makes horrible times bearable. I couldn't agree more. Having friends and people who love us that gather around and shoulder the burden just makes us feel so supported. THe morning of our adoption sale we had probably 6 people over here helping us move things out of the house...at 7am!!!! That is true community. We had friends give us extra money for our adoption and other friends drop by unannounced. It was a great feeling, to know others are on our side and support us.
|Sorry for the boobs...I didn't realize that this dress was quite so revealing. I guess they are just a blessing of pregnancy :) This is me with the lovely hostess-es.|
|Lindsay, my friend since I was 5 :) She is glowing.|
Megan T, my other friend from when I was about 7yrs old, couldn't make it from Florida but sent this adorable gift through Lindsay. I am not kidding when I tell you that I will wear this bow in my hair...as a headband. Can you guess what place would wrap so cute?? Of course it's anthro! This gift made my day :)
TO everyone who came, prayed, thought about me...thanks. I felt so cared for. I felt as though that was a sweet time from the Lord to know that we are not walking alone. That others are willing to walk this journey with us. That other people want to celebrate BRIAR too!!! I know many of you wanted to be there but couldn't. Don't worry, I felt the love from you as well :)