We have all received gifts at times. Birthday presents. Christmas presents. A toy. A new shirt. A piece of jewelry. We all appreciate gifts. But some gifts we remember for a lifetime. It's not often, but sometimes we receive a gift that makes you stop in your tracks, mouth drop open, and there seems to be no words to say, thanks doesn't seems to be enough.
Today we were given a gift that completely stunned me. I didn't know what to say. It was so generous. A friend gave us a gift to help us with our adoption. (Now the point of this is not to solicite additional gifts. Please do not be distracted by even a thought of that because if you do you will miss what I am trying so hard to tell you about.) Their gift was from their hearts and was a huge financial sacrifice. It is not the amount itself that stunned me; It was the extreme generousity.
Gifts are not just about the money, not just about the object. And some, like this one, are about involving yourself. I believe that God is ultimately the one that makes things happen but he gives us the blessing of allowing us to be a part of his work. They will forever be a part of our adoption. Years from now they will look at a picture of our family and they will know that they were a part of making it happen.
To all of you - Thank you to all of you who have supported us. Thank you for your being interested in our story and reading along as it develops. We have recieved so much support in our adoption process. We have received so many kind works, so much encouragement, and most of all so much prayer. These things are so important to us and I want you to know how much we we appreciate you.
To our friends who left me at a loss for words today (and I am not without words very often!) - Thank you. We are stunned by your generousity and will never forget the part you have played in our adoption.
We appreciate all of this so much that I feel the need to tell the world about it. We are so blessed.