Last Friday night I had the chance to meet some new friends who all live in the Raleigh area and who all have adopted (or are about to) from the same country Nadia is in through Reece's Rainbow http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ . Three of the women have already been there and back with their new children. It was a lot of fun to hear some of their stories about crazy cab rides, yummy food, mini-skirts and high heels, not so appealing bathroom facilities, and the wonderful people they met in and out of the orphanages. I'm more excited than ever to go get Nadia although I think I need to spiff up my wardrobe (including a new pair of stilettos-grin). I'm humbled by how God has provided this instant "Eastern European Adoption Group" with so many of us living so close to each other. There were even a few moms missing!
Allow me to introduce you to my new friends. Martha is the gal in the front left of the picture and she brought a little girl named Laurel home last summer.
Next to her is Lydia who is my stateside coordinator with Reece's Rainbow. Her job has been to check and re-check all of my forms and to put up with my somewhat...ahem...persistent personality. She adopted Mira last summer also.
On my direct left is Jennifer who has just started the process to bring Milana home. Milana and Nadia will only be 3 months apart and we only live 6 blocks away from each other. How cool is that for Nadia to have a built-in playmate/best friend from her home country!!! Only God!!!
Next to Jennifer is another Jennifer who needs to have her own reality show. She and her husband already had about 13 or more kids before they went to Eastern Europe to get 3 little ones last year!!! They fell in love with 3 more while over there so they're in process to go back and get them!
I'm already blessed with an extremely supportive group of friends and family, so making new friends is God's way of adding yummy icing on an already rich and delicious cake. Thank you!!!