This past Saturday, the three of us went to the Twin Cities for the day. Our first stop was to check out a treadmill on Craig's List. After trying it out, we walked outside and the woman selling the treadmill said to me, "You mentioned that you two are adopting, I'm adopted." Wow. (Yep, we do tell EVERYONE!) We had a great talk and she told us that her older brother is biological, she said that when they'd get into fights when they were kids, she'd tell him, "They (their parents) HAD to have you, they PICKED me!" I got a kick out of that since I had just heard a similar story secondhand from another friend. It helped me to see that our adopted child/red will see that although their birth story and arrival to our family is different than Griffin's, it's very, very special!
When we came back at night to pick up the treadmill, the woman told me that she called her mom after talking to me and told her our story. She said that they've added us to their prayer list. It's amazing how God continues to lead us to stories of hope to help us during this journey.
As a side note, as soon as we got into the basement where the treadmill was, Griffin ran up to a cool R2D2 toy. After playing with it for a few minutes, the boy that owned the toy told Griffin he could keep it! R2's batteries were missing, so we weren't sure what he could do, but regardless, Griffin loved him! When we put batteries in him the next day, he started talking, "walking" and responding to commands. He's Griffin's new buddy, and we feel that it's held off us adopting a dog for at least another 6 months!