You see, my friend Erica Shubin introduced me to a few of her friends from church about a year or so ago (Mrs. B, Rachel Walser, Melissa Maser and Christy Waulk), and friendships started to forge. We all love the Lord, which laid a mighty good foundation. We all have a heart to see orphans grafted into Christian homes and are working and praying to that end in various capacities. I didn't think I was short of friends, but God knew what a blessing these gals were going to be to me and gave me a few more to enjoy. Thank you, Father! I live in Oregon and they live in Florida...we've not YET met face to face (besides Erica who I knew here in Oregon before she moved to Florida), but that has not stopped us from communicating often. Mrs. B and I are like the ra-ra squad, cheering the Shubins, the Walsers, the Masers, and the Waulks on as their families pursue adoption. Locally, my family is also currently cheering on more Shubins, and the Marls. What a delight to get to be a part of each of these stories of love! What an amazing God we serve who sets the solitary into families! But I divert (due to excitement about such things).
Well, in two short days, the Walsers get to board a plane bound for Ethiopia where they will soon gather their Abby-girl into their arms and bring her home with them. And recently there was a shower to celebrate little Abby, as we all anticipate her homecoming. The morning of the shower, I was at home getting ready to go to my niece Leah's for a candle party we had planned to raise funds for the local Shubins and Marls when I got a phone call from Mrs. B. She called to tell me she was printing out a picture of me so I could be at Abby's shower. Very sweet! I was giddy all day about being able to be there, at least in flat form. Of course I had to ask the party gals later what kind of time I had (I reportedly had a blast! and I believe it).