being with family always reminds us how important it is to build a family of our own.
this past week i traveled to va to visit my baby sister and her husband since they were in from chicago. since my job affords me the luxury of working "from home" my new found freedom with my new laptop extends that luxury into working "remotely" anywhere that i can get the internet. therefore i was able to go to va, work during the day, and then spend the nights with my sisters, my parents, and other extended family.
we always have a wonderful time when we're together. the laughter that explodes from our collective presence is always something contagious. the stories we all so vividly tell are so intricate with detail that they keep us hanging on each other's every word. we're bonded, were strong, we're fun to be around! i just love every single one of them to pieces.
while i was in town my parents threw a cook out for baby sister's friends to come visit and hang out. one of sister's friends had spoken to her a while back about their challenges in becoming pregnant. when i found out about it, and we were full fledge into the land of "if", i felt an instant bond and longed to help. i reached out to her and we chatted for a few months, and then before you knew it - she'd left the land of "if" and they're now expecting a little girl. when i first found out, i have to admit i was a bit sad. it's sad to see people come and go on this island, but once i saw her and her husband at the cook out i was over joyed by the happiness i felt for them. it's so good to be in this place. a place where we can feel genuine happiness for others who successfully become pregnant and carry healthy babies to term, a place where we can not think of ourselves and the sadness we've been through, but a place where we can focus on the celebration of new life.
baby sister got husband and i some anniversary presents for our sweet baby darling deer. she scored a baby book for adoptive parents! how amazingly wonderful! it's so exciting to see things like this that make our process more real and so special. we're so lucky to have these loving friends and family, and can't wait to have our little one growing up around such wonderful people.