I often find myself feeling overwhelmed these days…overwhelmed by all the doctor’s visits, overwhelmed by the bad news that accompanies said visits, overwhelmed by the needs of this child whom I love who has so many problems, overwhelmed by the sadness and anger of my former “baby boy”, now our “middle”, who is just not receiving the attention he needs.
Tonight I am overwhelmed for a different reason – one of my closest friends, Jennifer, who has four kids of her own, is taking time out from her crazy life to come help me with mine. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of another dear friend, Holly, who will be stepping in to take care of Jen’s kids while she’s here. These girls have been friends of mine from high school, and are, along with Jeannie, Carol, Jason, Chris, Laura, Jeff (and the rest of the gang), the reason that Mississippi will always be my home. How could it be any other way with friends like these? I am overhwelmed by this act of generosity. Thanks, ladies (as big fat tears roll down my cheeks).
My mom is also planning to come for 2 weeks in October, and I am really hoping that Mike’s mom can come for at least a week.
We may just make it until Mike comes home 🙂 .
Of course, we wouldn’t have made it this far without the above and beyond help of my friends Sarah, Hang, Margaret, Colleen, Courtney, Beth, and others, who have cared for O and Y, slept over to help with Emmett, watched Kodi, cooked our meals, even cleaned my house, and most importantly, have listened to me vent (a lot) about this whole situation. These ladies truly embody the term “military family”.
And then of course there’s my friends from Florida, Beth, Nora, Britta, Lauren, and Carolyn, whom I love like sisters, providing moral support from a continent away.
Then there’s the rest of you – women that I’ve never met, but whom I consider friends, and who understand a lot of the issues here related to international adoption, as well as motherhood in general, all too well. I owe you guys big, fat frozen boat drinks.
I think overwhelmed is the perfect word.