We finally got to meet the Weldons, who will hopefully be traveling with us when we go to China to meet Sunshine. And not only are they traveling with us, their daughter is also at the same orphanage and was born the day before Sunshine. And she also has unrepaired cleft, just like our Sunshine. No coincidence there, God definitely had a hand in this one. Angie and I have shared many emails over the last month since we were matched and we already feel as if we know each other. She’s pretty much the coolest and I feel so blessed to be on this adoption journey with her family! I hope that our girls are going to grow up like sisters and I cannot wait for many, many years of wonderful memories with them.
I also got to meet my (now IRL) amazing friend Kelly. I “met” her through the blog world almost a year but we didn’t technically meet until Saturday. Kelly was one of the first adoptive mommas I started talking to in this crazy journey – she is the person who pointed me in the direction of my adoption agency. I started emailing with her right before she left for China to adopt her baby girl, L. I had the privilege of witnessing her entire adoption trip through her blog, and I cried right along with her as she met her daughter. I am so grateful for her friendship – she has been such a blessing over this past year. She has always been willing to answer my silly questions and has been such a support through our journey. She spent lots of time emailing me, praying for our journey, and talking me through the process when we received Sunshine’s referral. She helped give me perspective and was happy to rejoice and praise God with us when we accepted our referral. She has been such a blessing. I hope that one day I am able to support another adoptive family the way she has supported us.
It was such an awesome opportunity to meet and fellowship with these friends. I know this is just the beginning of many get-togethers in the future. It was such a pleasure to finally meet both of these awesome families!