This week I am thankful for community.
It’s a funny, small world we live in now that we’re all connected by this one great Internet, isn’t it? I began to discover its potential when I was pregnant with Romilly back in 2006 and found an online community of other expectant moms due the same month as me. I was surprised to discover that these women actually came to feel like friends. I met a few of them who lived near enough get together with. Sure enough, they were actual humans. And I actually liked them.
A couple years later as our family began to take on a less conventional shape and size than most, I found another online group for moms of large families. This group has become so dear to me over the years, that even Trevor and the big girls know many of the names of the ladies and their kids. We’ve celebrated with them when they’ve had babies, and we’ve prayed for them together when tragedy has struck. We’ve had the privilege of meeting a couple of their families, and they have been an incredible support in a world that is not always cut out for a larger-than-average family.
More recently, as we have waded into the sometimes turbulent waters of adoption, we have yet again found a little safe haven for ourselves in cyberspace. What a comfort it is to know that others have walked the same road you are on, and what wisdom they have to share!
Last week at our agency’s annual International Adoption Dinner (see photo above of our Bulgarian bunch), we got to spend time with a mom I first met through online connections. I meet with her and several other ladies who have adopted internationally every other month for support and invaluable friendship, and it also started right here in my computer.
This age of technological overload is certainly full of pitfalls and potential dangers. There are days, too many of them, when my online world sucks me in at the expense of the precious little people in my real world. But God is certainly using the Internet for His purposes. I am daily encouraged by being part of a community: of adoptive parents, of parents of kids with special needs, of moms of large families, of Christians! And in knowing I am not alone, there is strength.
Thank you to each of you reading this for taking the time to visit my little corner of the great big Internet, because you are a part of that community for me. I have been so blessed by your comments over the years, and just by knowing that someone cares enough about our family to follow along on all our adventures.