God is always there. Do you know that? Just when He knows I really need something---boom---He goes and provides it. Like today. Ever since we moved, I have been sort of isolated from friends. Not that I am alone, because I have my husband and children, and I talk on the phone with friends and family and fellow adoptive parents--- but it is just not the same. I have been in desperate need of having some time out for myself with a friend-- another woman that I could just sit down with and make eye contact with as we chit chat over a cup of coffee. I have so been yearning for this. I can't exactly explain why except maybe that this kind of interaction helps me to feel like I still have a little part of my life that I can claim for myself and take a moment to recharge my battery. For other moms it might be going out and having a manicure or going and seeing a chick-flick with their girlfriend, but for me it is enjoying a cup of coffee and being able to cit-chat about anything. God knew that we both needed that today.
Well tonight I finally had my cup of coffee at Starbucks. And it was perfect. Just last week a fellow adoptive mom sent Dennis and I something in the mail. It was so very thoughtful and in it she included a Starbucks gift card that she hoped I could go and enjoy sometime soon. Her thoughtfulness made me cry as I realized that she understood my need to have this type of interaction with another mom. Well that other mom--- a fellow adoptive mom is one who I must say is the most inspiring woman around. Not only was she there for me when I was first looking into adoption and ultimately was the one who encouraged me to just do it, but I later helped her to adopt her newest daughter through a disruption a little over a year ago. Out of great respect for her, I will not openly share her story, but trust me this woman is amazing. She has been through so many ups and downs in the past year and yet she keeps on plugging along----her faith remains grounded and constant. I am so glad that we went out for coffee tonight. I am so glad that we both took this time. We agreed that this is something we both want to do at least twice a month--- and I want to make that commitment. I can't begin to tell you how energized I feel after having come back from our evening out--- and it has nothing to do with the coffee. There is just something about two sisters in Christ sharing about each others lives and the ups and downs of motherhood.
Tomorrow we are celebrating two of the kids' birthdays. Can you guess which ones?