The day started out with the power coming back on after a 10 hour power outage the night before. We had some pretty bad thunderstorms and I believe a transformer blew. It was pretty horrible because it was the hottest day of the year so far and my brother-in-law just flew in, but had his luggage stolen at the airport. Anyway, we didn’t have power from 8PM Friday night to about 6AM Saturday morning. When it came back on I think I said a quick prayer of thanks and got up off my make-shift yoga mat bedding.
Since the power was back on, a frenzy of food prep began! Lentil Salads, Apple-Cranberry-Almond Coleslaw, Fruit cuts, Kabobs, and a Triple Berry Trifle.
People started arriving just before 2PM and away we went! I felt so blessed to have family from states around travel in for our foster shower/barbecue. We had family and friends from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and other parts of Michigan show up. We had music, good food, homemade (and hand squeezed) lemonade, laughter and love for 6 solid hours.
Slowly people started trickling out, but the last of the crew to stay were family members from my mom’s side that we are very close with. While not technically burning the midnight oils, we order pizzas, had a bonfire and played card games until around 11PM.
On Sunday after everyone had started making their ways home, I opened gifts. The amount of generosity and thoughtfulness just blew me away. People really accept our decision to be foster and adoptive parents and treated it just as if we were pregnant biologically. We got a car seat, a high chair, a rocking chair, and diapering related items such as a pail, a bag, wipes, and cloth diaper shells. We received books, toys, stuffed animals, and a lounger. For bath time, we got washcloths, towels, soaps, lotions, oils, and bubble baths. For meals, we got spoons and forks, bibs, bottles, trainer cups, and sippy cups. We were showered with other items for the nursery, for the child or children, and healthcare items. Others gifted us cash or gift cards for those “situational” moments. What an amazing testament of support and love! We just felt showered with it all and blessed to boot!
With that our party excursion has come to an end. Now comes the daunting tasks of figuring out how to set up the nursery and finish filling out our self-studies. It’s got to get done because we have our second home visit schedule for 2 weeks from now. Very exciting, though!