After signing the lease and other exhilirating paperwork this morning, I was given the keys to my apartment. What a bittersweet experience….I eagerly anticipated this day with Adam by my side, running through the empty rooms together, and figuring out where to put our stuff. A large part of me feels guilt for the happiness and huge relief I feel because how can I be joyful when my son’s not here? Instead I will look at this interim period as a time to get our apartment ready for family life. Adam can experience the novelty of ‘unpacking’ as we get Tatum’s furniture and other accessories– and in the meantime he’ll come home to an awesome room with a fun bed and toys and books and his bike and lots of photos and a TV and his movies and a Wii and tons of yummy food in the kitchen!
All of my belongings [Adam's stuff, our clothes, and some toiletries] fit into a small SUV. While I knew I would be getting some extra knicknacks from my church family, I had no idea just what was in store for me. Now I am the proud owner of a couch, end table, living room lamp, breakfast table and two chairs, cutlery, pots & pans, dishes, cleaning supplies, towels & linens, a bed with a brand new comforter, pillows, a bedside table, and lamp. WOW. I am speechless. Beyond speechless. For the first time in over a week I couldn’t stop smiling.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the countless individuals who helped make this happen. <3
No words of mine could ever express how grateful I am. To think that so many people would give so selflessly so that we can have a cozy and hospitable home reminds me of the true reason for the season. Nothing happens by chance and I came to this city and this job for a reason. These individuals show the meaning of what it is to have a servant’s heart, to give and receive abundantly, and to do God’s work. Even if that is not the name you give your higher power– if you have one at all– to know that there are people out there filled with kindness, love, and faith that inspires them, people that want this world to be a better place….how could you not believe in a force greater than ourselves?
I am so very blessed. I am loved. I am NOT alone nor have I ever been.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,