If you're wondering why, read yesterday morning's post at The Works of God Displayed.
And then read my tweet from last night:
Annnnnnnnnnd there it is. Our first "you're not my real parents" moment. #adoption #brutiful
— Shannon Dingle (@dinglefest) April 17, 2014
Yep, brutal + beautiful = brutiful.
It was also a good day.
Well, this happened.
Every day, I've been sharing an Upsee giveaway post from my friend Ellen at Love That Max, because each day's share = one more entry in the giveaway. The giveaway is still open for entries, so that's not how the picture above happened.
(Though if we do win one that way, I already know which friend of mine would be blessed by receiving it.)
But, speaking of the giveaway, I got all teary as I read the comments on the giveaway yesterday, as a dozen or so friends have entered on Zoe's behalf with comments like these:
Then yesterday morning, as I was in tears missing a sweet boy who didn't get to turn 8 this year, friends from college sent me a precious message asking if we would be open to their buying an Upsee for Zoe.
Be still, my heart.
In January, I wrote about my word for the year: receive. In that post, I confessed that I'm comfortable with giving but I find it hard to receive. But, as we parent six little ones with three special needs and trauma-filled baggage, we can't do it on our own.
We're not meant to.
We're created for community.
And our community? It is the richest.
Back in March, I wrote about a conference I was going to, a conference of "my people." And while those adoption mamas do understand me on a different level than some of you who haven't walked that road, I have to say this: you, if you're reading this and caring about our lives, you're our people too.
We love you.
We need you.
We're so blessed by you.
Some people have called us heroes, but really? You're our heroes.
We couldn't walk this road of faith without you.
It was still a hard day.
But it was a good day too.
Stay tuned to see our Zoe rocking her Upsee once it arrives!