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Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Grand Day Out!

Yesterday was a special day for Charlie and me.  Rebekah and I, along with our baby boys, drove to Grand Rapids, where we met up with BB and her little one for an afternoon of fun at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens. We spent the majority of our time in the super cool Children's Garden they have there.   

It was so amazing to have all of our sweet little miracle babies together in one spot.  These two girls were some of the first I ever started following here on the blog and their stories and support have been both an inspiration and a safety net for me throughout mine.  Another adoptive mom put it very well when she said, "It's wonderful to actually meet with those people who've supported us through our journeys. It's a beautiful thing."  I couldn't agree more and I'm very thankful for having had the opportunity to move my relationship with these amazing women beyond the blogosphere.  I've said it before but it's worth repeating, I'm really not sure how I would have survived our adoption journey without this blog and the genuine connections it has forged.  So fascinating to me that 15 years (or so) ago this sort of thing never would have or could have happened.  And at the same time it feels completely natural, I feel like they've been my friends forever.  There's something so comforting about being in the company of people who just get it...people who have traveled down very similar roads to ours and consequently don't need any explanations for how beautiful and yet how complicated being an adoptive mom can be at times.  

Since I'm clearly at the risk of rambling on even further, I'll conclude with some of the best photos from the day.  We had a great time!




12 comments:

Andi-bo-bandi said...

Charlie just keeps getting cuter and cuter! Looks like you guys had a great time. I love meeting up with other a-moms. They "get it"! xoxo

Kelly said...

Looks like a great day! I love the picture with Charlie face planted in the sand. Aliya does that too!! I love it until she stands up and has sand (or dirt) all over!

Richele said...

how fun (and incredibly special) that you guys all got together with your littles!

love, love, love charlie's face plant!

RB said...

Hey, I said that! Haha! Those photos are gorgeous. They all brought tears to my eyes, because of how far some of us have come.

Karen said...

How fun!!! Wish we could have joined you if we only lived closer. Great photos of all of you, what a challenge with 3 littles to chase as you took pics! :)

Rebekah said...

M, I had such a great time. It's like we've been life long friends. The 3 hour drive was nothing for two chatty mamas :).

I am so thankful for your and Charlie's presence in our life. I know there will be many questions in the future and it's comforting to know that Ty will have a buddy to confide in.

Meeting Bri for the first time was amazing! We truly have come so far from those hurting, empty-armed women, barely holding on to hope.

To see all of our kids playing together was priceless.

God is good.

Jill said...

What a fun and incredible post Melba! For SO MANY reasons! Looks like you guys enjoyed a beautiful day! What amazing twists and turns our lives take!

miraculouslymyownaz said...

It was so wonderful to spend the day with you guys! I was actually a little excited and nervous, but after a few minutes it was so normal and natural! I feel so honored that you guys made the drive to visit with Riley and me! Love you lots!

Bri

Wendy said...

Looks like a wonderful day.

Jamie said...

awww ~ how great for all of you! i met bri a couple of months ago and it was so much fun! wish i could have joined you all! :)

Debbie B said...

And that's why I'll continue to blog. Because of those connections.
Great pictures! Love the one's of C with his face down in the sand and eating it. Too cute!

Evergreen said...

What great photos! Looks like they all had a lot of fun. That's neat that you were able to connect IRL with your miracle kiddos!