Friday, March 20, 2009
Friends, family and strangers gathered with us to share this life and this adventure of adoption by hosting event in our honor. There was a band, tables full of balloons and pictures of our experiences in Peru, a silent auction, hundreds of baked goods, an amazing kids corner - including games and 2 bouncy castles and a wonderful dinner cooked by one of our dearest friends. Over 300 people came to show their support, share kind words and participate in the event. The evening was a success, but in more ways than you might think. The hugs, kind words, questions and excitement from so many people made us realize that our children are not just being adopted by Joel and I - they are being adopted by our community. We were introduced to new people who shared their own story of volunteering, their desire to serve and even their own adoption stories. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled by the love and generosity that so many people have lavished on us. Our hearts are anxious to have our children home and to share this life with our community.