Monday, July 21, 2008

Salted or Roasted - A Few Peanuts for You


"Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For, if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


Our good friend Kim closed down her blog due to absolutely inappropriate comments. Kim introduced me to the blogging world and I must say, as skeptical as I was, I do believe that really good things happen here. I get good ideas. I have made some very dear friends that time and space would have never allowed except here in good ol' virtual land. I have often considered going private as well, and may still do that. I don't get the traffic that some other blogs get, so it has been easy to remain this quiet entity that folks visit for an uplifting scripture, a glimpse at the blessing of our children, a meditation perhaps, or just following the stream of consciousness that I care to jot down in a place where it feels safe to do so. I have had the blessing of praying for people all over the globe and this honor would never have come to me, if I were not here in bloggityville, so that initial urging from Kim, "...you should start a blog" is very much appreciated.



Kim and I share a special bond. We each remained home with one of our children while our husbands and one of her sons did the unimaginable task of travelling to China to bring home our babies. When I think back to those initial conversations, I think of how much I have grown as a human (honestly:) and as a mother. I reflect back and am grateful I had another mommy in a similar situation to share that walk with. At the time, I don't believe I valued it enough and now, with time, as our relationship grows, I see all too clearly the importance of this union. My faith has grown because of this, my life is enriched as a result and I pray that the reverse is true.

And I suppose, it is much bigger than that. I see how different people, from different walks of life and with varying life experiences can be brought together through one single choice and that amazes me. It confirms for me that God's plan is purposeful, meaningful and that the Red Thread is far stronger than any of us might have imagined.






We had an opportunity this weekend to be with our friends. We had a great time. We are two very fortunate families, for this I am grateful. It makes my heart happy that our journey did not end as our daughters were placed in our arms; that was just the beginning for us all.

20 comments:

mommy24treasures said...

oh wow Heather! I am so glad you had the opportunity to visit:)
That is wonderful.
I share the eperience with you and Kim of being at home waiting for my girls and I can't imagine how wondeful it must have been to have a fellow parent to share that 2 weeks with.
This red thread has created such a special bond in many of our lives. A bond and a closeness I never thought imaginable really.
I have been blessed in never receiving any unkind comments as well, and I am so sorry for the pain it has caused Kim. I miss her already:)
Love
Connie

Jenn said...

I love how the Lord is so good to us and brings friends into our lives that make life sweeter!

It's great to see Kim and her little peanuts with you and your darling ladybugs! :o)

Blessings,
Jenn

Jake and Taryn said...

So glad you got the chance to visit with Kim and her family. I sure do miss her blog. I too do not have a high volume of traffic on my blog, but have considered going private for months, especially after what happened to Kim.

What a special blessing you are for each other. You all have an incredible bond and what an amazing thing to share!

Michelle said...

I agree. I don't have a lot of traffic on my blog, but I have met some of the most wonderful people in blogland. How special that you could have some time with your friends. I loved Kim's blog and I still can't believe anyone could be so hurtful to her or her family. She is missed.

Joy in The Truth said...

Heather:

Roasted and Salted...all the peanuts are adorable and beautiful!

I was just thinking this morning that I have a few very nice people through blogging. I am very skeptical, too, but I can see how God uses it for good and for His purposes. As you know, YOUR blog was the one that ushered me into bloggityville!

I will pray for your friend, Kim, and also for anyone who left hurtful and inappropriate comments...may God soften their hearts. May His healing and new life flow forth.

Hugs,
Sharon

John & Michelle said...

It's great to see you all together! I miss Kims blog alot as I am a mom in waiting and have learned so much from her and giggled alot too!
Love from Illinois,
Michelle

Kate said...

Oh how nice to see you all together and it is obvious how special a bond you all share!! Your blog (and Kim's!) is so inspirational on so many levels...and I am thankful to have gotten to "know" you through your lovely photographs and narritives. I, too, could neveer have imagined how deep the friendship is here in Bloggville...and how much I would learn by being a part of it.

Thanks for taking the time to sahre a bit of your family with us all!

Kate

MacMui Mom said...

What wonderful pictures and happy memories. I am so sorry Kim felt she needed to take her blog down and that people have been so cruel. It just makes me so sad. So glad she encouraged you to blog, so that we ahve been able to follow you and your sweet family.

Hugs and love to everyone,

Lisa

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Heather,

As always so well said. You are full of elegance and grace.

Love you,
Lisa

Sheri said...

Glad that the peanuts, ladybugs and their parents had a great time together. Thanks for sharing pictures of this special time. Adoption has created special bonds for so many and in so many different ways. I, like you, never imagined that I would meet so many wonderful adoptive families through blogging.

Linette said...

How wonderful you had the chance to visit Kim and her family. I miss her blog so much! I started tearing up when you were talking about all the people you have been able to pray for thru blogging. Took me right back to last Fall when I had my surgery. I remember thinking how amazing it was that you were praying for me and we had never met. Thank you will never be enough for all the people that prayed for me during that time. I feel so incredibly blessed to have "met" you and hope we have the chance to meet in person one day! I would so love to see our girls together. :) I love your blog Heather and have learned a lot from you thru your posts!

missy said...

This was such a lovely post about friendship. I can tell that Kim means a lot to you. Aren't we all so blessed to have wonderful friends to share lifes ups and downs with?

I am thankful for your blog. It is very refreshing to visit. Thank you for allowing us into your life!

redmaryjanes said...

You both are very wonderful women and I am glad that you are able to spend time together.
Love all of the photos and the Bible verse. We do all need someone to pick us up from time to time.
And maybe Kim's absence from the blogging world for a while will send out a message to the people who think it's ok to lash out.
Maybe a lesson will be learned here and we all can move forward and enjoy our loving community again.

Choosing Happiness said...

Wow sweet friend, where do I start? That was beautiful! I am honored to call you friend. We loved seeing you and your amazingly loving family. You are a very special person who has such a heart for God and for prayer and for service. You inspire me. Thank you for coming to see us.

I am still very sick. I have bronchitis, a sinus infection and dehydration. I still have no voice. I hope none of the ladybugs caught it! Please say some prayers. As you an imagine this is not good timing at all to be ordered to bed by the doctor!

Love,
Kim

Denise C said...

OH...what a precious post...I miss Kim so much!!! She always had a wonderful post about some fabulous tidbit of wisdom...or some absolutely gorgeous pictures of her little blessings, to share...I am so glad you had this wonderful opportunity to meet up and spend some precious time with all of them!
These are precious pictures of your day together....the children all are having such a fabulous time together!
I have to play catch up on a few of your other posts...I have been such a busy bee this past week that I am way behind reading all about my favorite families!!!
Love you sweet friend!!!

Rachel said...

I'm glad that you and Kim and your families had a great time together this weekend. I, too, miss Kim's blog. I do get to see her in person occasionally, but miss catching up on a day to day basis.

Great pictures and beautiful kids!

Kate said...

Hey Heather,

I've tried to e-mail you a few times...not sure they are going through...is the e-mail on your blog the right one??

Thanks for the comments on my blog!

Talk soon...I hope!

Kate

sara said...

What fun that you got to visit with the peanuts!! I, too, found Kim's blog early on & was inspired by their journey! What a blessing she has been to so many. I hope she considers coming back privately soon :)

(your ladybugs are beautiful!!)

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

I love the pix! They are adorable!

Lisa said...

Apart from the occaisonal 'spam-bot' posts, I've been lucky to not recieve inappropirate posts...knock on wood.
I'm happy to see you and your friend had time to visit.
I'm saddened that someone was cruel enough to discourage and end a blogging experience for her.

I enjoy reading about your girls and seeing photos and how much they have grown. They are beautiful girls.

Lisa

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