Our dear friends have been longing for a baby for years. Two weeks ago, they received the incredible news that the birth mom of a little girl had chosen them to adopt her baby and suddenly they are parents. Their news made me so emotional and has filled my heart with such joy these past two weeks. We were discussing how, although our situations are quite different, there is just something to becoming a parent after so much longing and sadness and despair and hope (and lack thereof) (and I say this with the disclaimer of not knowing what it is like to be a parent without those feelings and they probably feel just as strongly about their kiddos - anyway). My friend's wife wrote me a note and included this proverb, which sums up how I feel so succinctly. Happy Friday, friends.
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life."