The trauma of what has gone down for our family this week has been great. But what has been greater is the OUTPOURING of love and support.
Seriously. You. People. Rock.
My heart is broken. Yet you hold it together in your hands and tell me we can put it back together.
The amount of love and support has been AMAZING. The private messages, the personal visits, the FB love. All of it. It makes me realize there is an entire community of people who love me, my family and who can appreciate the beauty of open adoption done well.
Thank you everyone.
But because I told myself I would not cry today if at all possible, I thought I would post some memorable quotes that have been said the last few days. Some are funny, some are profound. Some hurt. But I think I am going to start keeping a log of quotes, because each of them means something to me.
Here we go...
"I think my toes are clausterphobic! I never wear closed toe shoes." -Brooke
"I swear to Mormon Jesus I will get in my car and come shank them." -Michelle (PS, This cracked me UP! And if someone thinks she is talking about them, don't worry, she live in Arizona and has no intentions of shanking anyone. It was just an expression of love.)
"When relationships disintegrate, the devil is involved. He wants nothing more than for relationships to go bad." -Pastor Rick (paraphrased, since I couldn't write fast enough as he preached.)
"I will treat others with kindness" -the main point I had to teach at Sunday School this week (yes, God is working on me!)
"I tried to put myself in the adoptive parent's shoes and see this from their perspective. So I re-read your blog. And I cried. I decided that if you were my daughter's birth mother, I wouldn't even hesitate, I would call you and say "How can we fix this?, Because I see how much you love our girl and how you are hurting." -Brooke
"It's no longer 'box wine' the classy term is 'Cardboardeaux'". -Cynthia
"This is one you can't do over. Forgive yourself and move forward as the fantastic woman you are. A woman who would never harm anyone. Trust who you are, let go of what you did." -Bob
"Moms survive everything." - Rick
"My dear sweet virtual friend. I didn't go to the mailbox until today. I found your card. You have no idea what it means to me to have connected with you. During everything you are going through, you still find time to remember others. One day, I hope the kindness and righteousness that we are trying to pass on to others will be returned, as will our children come back to us. Much ♥ my dear friend. ♥ Thank you. ♥" -Lynn
There are so many more that I am sure will come to mind as the week progresses. But for now, these are the ones I can remember.
Thank you my friends.