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The People in my Village. (A Grateful Heart.)

July 13, 2015

I wish you all could feel my heart this morning. As strange as that may sound, I truly mean it. My words today just aren’t even going to do it justice… but I’m going to try.

Friendship is one of the greatest earthly blessings I feel we can ever share and experience, all varying degrees of it. All kinds of friendships are needed in this life, but there really is something special about those you’d call your best friends. A definition of a best friend may vary depending on who you ask, and I think that’s fair. Maybe a best friend is someone you talk to every day. Maybe it’s someone who knows your deepest, darkest secrets. Maybe it’s someone you’ve known the longest in your life, or someone who can always make you laugh. Maybe it’s all of these things for you, and maybe it’s none of them. If there’s one thing I do know though, it’s that best friends don’t happen overnight. You may have thought this was the case when you were seven years old but I’m here to tell you it takes time… it takes going through things… growing with the changes… it takes chapters of your life- some of them even distancing you apart for a short time, but always reconnecting you pages later. It takes choosingΒ these people as you get older, something pretty amazing to think about- the people you choose to call friends. And mine are pretty fabulous, I must say.

I love this picture of us… it’s blurry but I feel it perfectly shows the ways in which we come back together again, no matter how many moves have taken place or how much time has passed. We may not see each other as often as we’d like and we may not even talk to each other as much as we truly should because LIFE. But I do know this – no matter what life may look like, when one of us is in need (whether we say it to be or not) we make it work to get there, to share the love we carry for each other. We may miss sharing all of the small, every day moments with each other but anytime one of us experiences something that shakes the soul- birthing new life, the passing of a loved one, marriage, divorce, moving away, career changes, a milestone birthday, life goals being met, and yes- adoption – we show up, no matter what life is at the moment.

This past weekend, my best friends – whom I’ve known since elementary school – surprised Christian and me by hosting a garage sale adoption fundraiser, in my hometown. Six hours away from where I live now, they came together and had the most epic of all garage sales, forcing their husbands and children to take part too πŸ˜‰ The work that went into this and the place in the heart from which it came… here is where my words will most definitely fail to completely describe the gratitude I feel. My heart swells and the tears come quickly.

 

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In addition to the garage sale there was a lemonade stand, bracelet making table (orchestrated by one of my girls who had just completed her first ever Iron Man 70.3, I mean seriously), and you know behind every good woman there stands a good man (oh you didn’t know it could go that way too?). While my girls were hard at work, so were their guys – setting things out, feeding babies, and everything and anything else that needed to be done.

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I wasn’t there this past weekend, but I’d like to think that if I was – there’d be a million and one snapshot of the soul moments. I think about my girls, their sweet husbands and babes – all people I love so much, and I think about how someday I’m going to share this story with my son or daughter… telling them about the weekend when mommy’s best friends came together because not only do they love her, but they love her sweet baby who is surely on his or her way to us.If you are reading this and were a part of this beautiful event – please know, from the bottom of my heart & Christian’s heart – we are beyond grateful.

One of my girls posted a recap on Sunday evening and summed up our friendship so much better than I ever could have:

I’m sitting on the couch a bit salty from the heat of the days and my body is aching, I just feel so happy. This weekend I got to witness many strangers giving to a cause for people they know nothing about, but more than that, I witnessed the depths of what real friendship looks like. The kind that you shed blood, sweat, and tears for. The kind that you give to, show up for and see through even when it’s incredibly hard and inconvenient for you. The kind that you make time for even when you are just so busy. The kind that shows up for the hard stuff, fights for you, and believes in you. The kind of friendship that really has no boundaries and never needs apologies because the love, respect, and appreciation is just so strong.Β 

Christian and I don’t know our little person yet but I smile knowing someday, they will feel all of this love… experience it… and share it. When our babe someday asks me what a best friend is, this will be one of the many examples I’ll be able to give. A weekend that stands for so much more than a monetary meaning, but two days that look like time, sacrifice, teamwork, togetherness, joy, and enough love to make even complete strangers feel the want to help. That kind of love is powerful! That’s the kind of love that makes up best friends.
That’s the kind of love that creates a village.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and my heart could burst knowing my village is full of some of the best souls I’ve ever known. The people in my village… this life of mine would not be the same without them. And today, they are who I am giving thanks for.

My loves, you will never know just how much this has meant to me. I can’t wait for this babe to feel first hand just how loved they are. Thank you.Β 

What areΒ youΒ grateful for?Β 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries!Β This linkup will be open until Friday! You can find the rules of this linkup here.Β 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

 


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  • Legit crying right now. This is so sweet of them to have done. You are amazingly lucky to have such wonderful and lasting friendships.

    • I was fighting back tears too!! Emily’s words are always so touching. x

    • I’d gone running that Saturday, the first day of their garage sale, and teared up like every 10 minutes. I’m sure people passing me were wondering why ‘that girl was running and crying’ but I couldn’t help it. Good people in life fill you to the top πŸ™‚

  • Legit crying right now. This is so sweet of them to have done. You are amazingly lucky to have such wonderful and lasting friendships.

  • This is awesome. You are so lucky to have maintained such a great group of friends! That speaks to what an amazing person you are, too!

  • This is awesome. You are so lucky to have maintained such a great group of friends! That speaks to what an amazing person you are, too!

  • That is so incredibly awesome! It’s so great to have people in your life like that!

  • Sarah Frazer

    Oh how sweet – what great friendships! God will totally surprise you throughout your entire journey WHO He brings along side you to help you and support you on your journey! God Bless! πŸ™‚

  • This makes my heart OH SO happy for you!! Ya’ll are absolutely loved, Em πŸ™‚

  • This makes my heart OH SO happy for you!! Ya'll are absolutely loved, Em πŸ™‚

  • I’m so happy for you, Emily (and Christian)! How wonderful it feels to be loved! Your words make me want to cry! For so long I passed through groups of friends (usually lasting 4 years at a time: middle school, high school, then college) but my best friend has been a part of my life now for +6 years and I smile knowing just the type of friendship you’re describing! How very loved you and Christian and Baby-Grey are!!

    • Baby-Grey!! ha! That made me smile. I love hearing that others have friendships like the ones I have – so glad you do πŸ™‚

  • I'm so happy for you, Emily (and Christian)! How wonderful it feels to be loved! Your words make me want to cry! For so long I passed through groups of friends (usually lasting 4 years at a time: middle school, high school, then college) but my best friend has been a part of my life now for +6 years and I smile knowing just the type of friendship you're describing! How very loved you and Christian and Baby-Grey are!!

  • This is amazing and wonderul and makes my heart burst with happiness for you!

  • This is amazing and wonderul and makes my heart burst with happiness for you!

  • This is absolutely amazing. You and Christian are incredibly blessed to have such wonderful friends.

  • This is absolutely amazing. You and Christian are incredibly blessed to have such wonderful friends.

  • Now that is a truly wonderful group of friends! You are indeed so lucky to have them. What a selfless thing to do. Very inspiring. xx

    V

  • Now that is a truly wonderful group of friends! You are indeed so lucky to have them. What a selfless thing to do. Very inspiring. xx

    V

  • I was fighting back tears too!! Emily's words are always so touching. x

  • How lucky you are to have such special friends. I never understood the phrase “friends are the family you choose” until I got older. Having friends in school is so easy but it is the friends you keep and cherish after when it’s not so easy to stay in touch that are truly special.

  • How lucky you are to have such special friends. I never understood the phrase "friends are the family you choose" until I got older. Having friends in school is so easy but it is the friends you keep and cherish after when it's not so easy to stay in touch that are truly special.

  • How wonderful!! I love this- you and those you love are bringing me the biggest smiles this Monday morning!

  • How wonderful!! I love this- you and those you love are bringing me the biggest smiles this Monday morning!

  • This is so, so beautiful! Your friends are incredible! I can’t imagine how big your heart has swelled to discover this news!

    • Oh my gosh, I was an emotional mess all weekend!! I truly thought my heart would just burst, I couldn’t believe they’d put it together.

  • This is so, so beautiful! Your friends are incredible! I can't imagine how big your heart has swelled to discover this news!

  • This brought me so much joy this morning!! What an incredible village!

  • This brought me so much joy this morning!! What an incredible village!

  • Holly

    You are blessed with an amazing village! Here’s a verse I thought you would enjoy – The two of us have vowed friendship in God’s name, saying God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever! 1 Samuel 20:42 (found this gem in Nobody’s Cuter than You – if you haven’t read it, you would LOVE it!)

    • Love, love, LOVE that verse – thank you for sharing, Holly! I haven’t read the book either, I will check it out!

  • Holly

    You are blessed with an amazing village! Here's a verse I thought you would enjoy – The two of us have vowed friendship in God's name, saying God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever! 1 Samuel 20:42 (found this gem in Nobody's Cuter than You – if you haven't read it, you would LOVE it!)

  • I got chills as I read this. I’ve experienced the same amount of love from my own friends and have been overwhelmed with the blessings. It makes my heart smile to see that others know the same blessings.

    • It really is an overwhelming feeling… I kept telling Christian, “I wish there was a way I could repay them” – and he reminded me that true gifts aren’t meant to be repaid, just appreciated and enjoyed πŸ˜‰

  • I got chills as I read this. I've experienced the same amount of love from my own friends and have been overwhelmed with the blessings. It makes my heart smile to see that others know the same blessings.

  • That is extremely thoughtful of your friends! What a blessing. Your child is already so loved. πŸ™‚

  • Crying! This is so beautiful. What a wonderful tribe you have!

  • That is extremely thoughtful of your friends! What a blessing. Your child is already so loved. πŸ™‚

  • Crying! This is so beautiful. What a wonderful tribe you have!

  • Danise Jurado

    Yay for amazing friends!! One of God’s most precious gift to us is dear friends! I know that God will provide all that you need for the adoption process and He has a sweet little babe to place into your loving arms! Much love to you!

  • Danise Jurado

    Yay for amazing friends!! One of God's most precious gift to us is dear friends! I know that God will provide all that you need for the adoption process and He has a sweet little babe to place into your loving arms! Much love to you!

  • Oh my gosh the tears!! This is such a sweet gesture from all your sweet friends! That’s amazing that you have those friendships! Friendship is definitely something everyone needs in their lives! So have happy for you and your friends that you have found that. πŸ™‚

  • This is one of the most uplifting and heart-warming things I have read in a while! What a beautiful thing and beautiful relationships – and even if words weren’t able to capture what you were feeling, it seems like plenty of people were tearing up with joy (myself included!) So glad to read about it!

    • Just one more chapter to include in the baby book πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Heather!

  • This is one of the most uplifting and heart-warming things I have read in a while! What a beautiful thing and beautiful relationships – and even if words weren't able to capture what you were feeling, it seems like plenty of people were tearing up with joy (myself included!) So glad to read about it!

  • tears of joy rolling down my face! so beautiful… love so much. such a lucky baby!

  • tears of joy rolling down my face! so beautiful… love so much. such a lucky baby!

  • how wonderful. Your village has so many beautiful, strong, selfless humans. Such a blessing. May you always be surrounded by amazing people like that.

  • how wonderful. Your village has so many beautiful, strong, selfless humans. Such a blessing. May you always be surrounded by amazing people like that.

  • Your posts always leave my teary eyed. What amazing friends you have, such a blessing. Your little one is going to have a huge support system, I love love love it.

  • Your posts always leave my teary eyed. What amazing friends you have, such a blessing. Your little one is going to have a huge support system, I love love love it.

  • Emily you have such amazing people in your life. I love that your friends did this, this was such a beautiful and heartwarming post to read!

  • Emily you have such amazing people in your life. I love that your friends did this, this was such a beautiful and heartwarming post to read!

  • How amazing Emily! I’m so happy that you have such wonderful friends in your life, this is what matters in the end πŸ™‚

  • How amazing Emily! I'm so happy that you have such wonderful friends in your life, this is what matters in the end πŸ™‚

  • So, so great. Friendships are really one of the best things in life. So happy for you πŸ™‚

  • So, so great. Friendships are really one of the best things in life. So happy for you πŸ™‚

  • I have tears in my eyes! What a bunch of sweet, special, sacrificial friends. You are a blessed woman to have them in your life! I’m looking forward to seeing my best girls next weekend — we all live in different states, and we try to get together every other year. It is always a giant love fest when we do. πŸ™‚

    • Hope you have the BEST time with your girls, Brittany! It’s so hard when you’re all spread out- makes those get togethers even more precious!

  • I have tears in my eyes! What a bunch of sweet, special, sacrificial friends. You are a blessed woman to have them in your life! I'm looking forward to seeing my best girls next weekend — we all live in different states, and we try to get together every other year. It is always a giant love fest when we do. πŸ™‚

  • This post just warms my heart. What great friends you have!

  • This post just warms my heart. What great friends you have!

  • This was such a great post to read. My best of friends live so far away, but when we see each other – its like no time was lost. So special to have such wonderful people that you can always count on!

  • This was such a great post to read. My best of friends live so far away, but when we see each other – its like no time was lost. So special to have such wonderful people that you can always count on!

  • I'd gone running that Saturday, the first day of their garage sale, and teared up like every 10 minutes. I'm sure people passing me were wondering why 'that girl was running and crying' but I couldn't help it. Good people in life fill you to the top πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, V!! πŸ™‚ xo

  • πŸ™‚ Thank you for the smile this morning. xo

  • Thank you, Sarah! πŸ™‚

  • SO special πŸ™‚

  • Baby-Grey!! ha! That made me smile. I love hearing that others have friendships like the ones I have – so glad you do πŸ™‚

  • aw! Thank you, Steph!! πŸ™‚

  • SO blessed. Such a grateful heart! πŸ™‚

  • Totally!! Such a true phrase.

  • So glad, Ally! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Oh my gosh, I was an emotional mess all weekend!! I truly thought my heart would just burst, I couldn't believe they'd put it together.

  • Incredible village!!! πŸ™‚

  • Love, love, LOVE that verse – thank you for sharing, Holly! I haven't read the book either, I will check it out!

  • It really is an overwhelming feeling… I kept telling Christian, "I wish there was a way I could repay them" – and he reminded me that true gifts aren't meant to be repaid, just appreciated and enjoyed πŸ˜‰

  • They definitely are! πŸ™‚

  • XO!

  • I feel the same, Danise! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Thank you, Faith! xo

  • Just one more chapter to include in the baby book πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Heather!

  • XO!!

  • Thank you, Andrea πŸ™‚

  • This brought tears to my eyes. Great friends are truly a blessing!

  • This brought tears to my eyes. Great friends are truly a blessing!

  • I love it too, Whitney!! πŸ™‚

  • I really do, Kenj! FULL HEART! xo

  • Agreed, Maru!! πŸ™‚

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  • Hope you have the BEST time with your girls, Brittany! It's so hard when you're all spread out- makes those get togethers even more precious!

  • Thank you, Diana!

  • That's exactly how it is for us, too πŸ™‚

  • They are, lady!!

  • Now that is true love, my friend. You have the best kind of friends right there! What a blessing and an honor to have people like that in your life, in your corner. πŸ™‚ I LOVED this!!!

  • Now that is true love, my friend. You have the best kind of friends right there! What a blessing and an honor to have people like that in your life, in your corner. πŸ™‚ I LOVED this!!!

  • Wow Em…that is pretty incredible! What amazing friends you have but then I’m not surprised because I’m pretty sure you are a pretty special girl.

  • Wow Em…that is pretty incredible! What amazing friends you have but then I'm not surprised because I'm pretty sure you are a pretty special girl.

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  • Oh…all the tears. I just love this!! Such a gift!

  • True love, yes!! πŸ™‚

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