If you watch Oprah (I do, can't help myself) then you know she often asks her guests the following question:
"What do you know for sure" and by this she means in life...What do you know for sure about life?
What I know for sure is this:
The people I have met thru this adoption journey are incredible. The support, friendship and love we have received is phenomenal. The people who are truly our friends have stepped up and showed us why we love them so much.
I have "met" people from my city, province, neighbouring provinces, the other side of the country, and the United States. Many I have met in person - Ricki, Rhonda, Sandi, Shannon, Natasha and relationships have blossomed into friendship...others I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting because of geography - Dianne, Cinnamon, Julie, Danielle, Hazel...and many more but I know that if and when we do meet it would be like we have been friends forever.
*EDIT* - I forgot to thank someone today in this post. CHERYL! Yvan has known Clay and Cheryl for quite some time and in fact built a house for them ( all is good except for the damn doorbell hey!) but I have only had the immense pleasure of getting to know them well this past year when we found out we were both on the path to adopt a child/children from Ethiopia. We have since become much closer and are getting to know each other more all the time. Cheryl (& Clay) have been so kind as to share with me (& Yvan) their journey so far. They have included us in all of their emails (including the ones from Ethiopia and since they have been home), invited us over for tea and dessert, come to our house and in general made us feel welcome and loved. Thanks and we can't wait to meet Tag and Messa :)
My friends who have been with me from the start of this journey and in my life for years...to them I am also grateful...they help create the back bone which supports me as I move forward...my family...I have no words...they have been exceptional...patient... and loving!
Without this support, the difficult days would be far more difficult, the sad days would be a lot sadder.
So, to all who reached out to me this week - Thank You! You take me in your arms and give me hugs...when I feel I need to vent...you listen....when I ask for help....you give it.
I am back feeling much better today...it was inevitable that I had a crash I think...especially in light of the recent referrals which got me all excited with the anticipation of ours...which would be nice to have NOW but I will be patient and wait - as Ricki told me - the wait will ensure the child that is meant for our family will come to us.