Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Sunday after church our family headed up to Atascadero for a party my friend (we've been friends since we were eight years old!) and her husband and sister threw for the boys. People from the church I grew up in attended, as well as my mom and dad. It was a lot of fun.
It has been really neat to see how welcomed our sons have been. Our friends have truly generous hearts and we're always blown away by the kindness and generosity of people. I really want to be that kind of person too!
And so I've been thinking about that a lot lately. People have been so encouraging and supportive throughout this adoption. They've brought us meals, showered us with gifts, and most importantly prayed for us. I so want to be that type of friend, and I so want to be able to give something back. This was the first time in my life where I had felt truly "needy"--in need of prayer, support, and in need of the strength only God can give. And so it's been neat and humbling to get to benefit from peoples' kindness and huge hearts. Now that I have received that, I realize the importance of it and so desperately want to give that.
Just some random thoughts I've had lately. One way I hope to be able to lend support to people is through an adoption/orphans ministry I hope to help start at our church eventually. I've had a lot of people at church tell me they are thinking about adopting, or want to do it eventually, or who want more information, which is tragically lacking in Christian circles. When we started out I had to do a lot of time-consuming research on the internet, and I'd love to be able to help people with some of what I've learned. So we'll see! Of course I'm also wanting to give more to people in the way of just generally being encouraging, helpful, making myself available, etc. I will continue to pray for those opportunities!
Here are some more pictures from the party:
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