Dave, Lili and I are leaving Thursday for our drive out east to attend GAFE. We’ve gone to St. Louis twice to get together with other Guat families for a weekend, we went to Myrtle Beach last October for Guatoberfest and now New Jersey for GAFE. Our main goal for these trips are to provide Lili the opportunity to be with other children adopted from Guatemala and for us to visit with friends we’ve made along the way and to hopefully make new friends in the process.
We have the same goals when Naomi comes home and in an effort to reach that goal, I’m in process of working with some other ladies as we plan the first ever Toukoul Adoptive Families Reunion next summer. Toukoul is the orphanage that Naomi will come from in Ethiopia.
I’ve said this before, but adoption has opened our eyes and touched our lives in ways we never imagined. We have made life-long friends through Lili’s adoption, many who have become much more like family than friends. Although our journey to Naomi has taken us down a different road, the journey is proving to be as rewarding as we meet new people and start to build new friendships along the way.
So, to all of you who I’ve met through blogging, on forums, chatted with via email or Facebook, thanks for being my cyber friends and I hope that one day I’m able to sit down in person with each of you for a visit. To those who I’ve had the privilege of meeting in person, I look forward to the day when our paths cross again.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.