Friends, please meet some beautiful people. This is "Grandma Dani" and "Papa," John. They fostered Simon his entire life, until Friday. One of my favorite things about foster care is finding amazing people quietly serving Jesus through their lives. Dani and John have had nearly 200 babies in their home. Their love and prayers shine through every conversation I have with them. God has truly blessed us.
On Friday Morning we got the call we had been waiting for, the social worker told us we could pick up our baby! Praise God, she called early enough that Nate was able to come. Nate was headed out of town this weekend so it was a blessing he was able to spend a little time with Simon before hitting the road.
I have spent the last few days just settling in at home and getting to know our little man. Simon is so easy to fall in love with. He is such a happy, easy going baby.
My heart is so full with love not only for our new son but also for our community. Simon has been welcomed into the lives and hearts of our loved ones with as much tender thoughtfulness as any child born to his parents. The prayers, kind words, gifts and true excitement you have shown has blown us away. It touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I think about how special you all are to us. You love us so well. Honestly, some people were like "don't you already have your hands full" and "you're crazy" but it was so easy to smile and say "we are so blessed" just thinking about your response. When we told you about Simon you asked what you could send over, order on Amazon, pray about... you went totally above and beyond, this shows your heart. It's not just us putting it all on the line, we are all in this together. We celebrate together, we morn together and life is sweet in this season because God gave us a beautiful son to rejoice over. Thank you for being excited with us! I know it can be hard. Sometimes a part of me wants to be less excited, just incase, this might not last, I'll protect my heart. But if I missed this joy by protecting myself from pain, it would be a tragedy. We will all experience pain and loss and when that happens God is still good, and you will still be here. With arms wide open we love Simon because love wasn't meant to be rationed out safely. Who wants to eat one bite of bacon or half a cake pop? I don't want to say "God, I'm scared so just a little joy please", "only half a medical." Thank you God for loving me fully, help me love that way.