Linking up with Lisa-Jo for her Five Minutes Friday.
How do you welcome a dream? How do you express the long wait, the deep longing, the desperation of thinking this day would never come? How do you show the deep gratitude and appreciation for the gift you were just given and the way it changed your life?
With the help of your friends and with seven different baby showers, of course!
The phone rang on a Tuesday. She was two months old, healthy, and in need of a family. Were we ready? We asked for a day to seek His wisdom; He said Of Course! We said Yes, yes, yes!
But we had nothing. We were ready but not prepared. So the community of our loved ones and friends rallied around us. They had been walking this journey with us. They had been praying and hoping and waiting just as long. They had been expecting this call with us and, when it finally came, they rejoiced and celebrated with us. But they did more than just declare Congratulations!
They moved to action. So…
Baby shower #1: from my work.
Baby shower #2: from my students
Baby shower #3: from my department
Baby shower #4: from another group of students
Baby shower #5: from our church
Baby shower #6: from my family
Baby shower #7: from Matt’s family
By the time we were done our house looked like this:
This was everyone’s baby. Impatiently expected by a mob, dearly loved by a crowd, warmly welcomed by a community.
It really does take a village to raise and to welcome a child. And we never forgot the blessings of this homecoming that surrounded us with such generosity.