Friday, April 17, 2009

Across The Ocean

It's a beautiful day here in Ohio. Warm and sunshiney after an extra long and dreary winter. The birds are singing. My azalea is blooming. I think Spring has finally sprung. Perfect weather for a Friday. I'm heading out in a couple hours to toast the weekend with a margarita and a good friend. I hope the restaurant has a patio. I'd love to sit outside and sip my limey delicious-ness. Ahhh... life is good.

For anyone who hasn't been to T's blog to read this story, I've gotta repeat it here. Cuz it's a cool one. It all started with a comment left on her referral post from someone representing an organization that had sponsored Emerson's orphanage and had additional photos of her. T and I were chatting on the phone on Tuesday and she was expressing her disappointment that she hadn't gotten a response from them. I suggested she find a spanish speaker to call and inquire (cuz the organization is in Spain). Then it occurred to me that I knew someone in Spain! Well... sort of.

This is the cool part of the story. See... a few months back I got an e-mail from Carmen, a fellow single mom-to-be adopting from China who is logged in 6 days after me. She reached out to chat after reading my blog for awhile. She's from Spain!

So I e-mailed Carmen, informed her of T's dilemma, asked if she knew of the organization and would be interested in contacting them for her. She e-mailed back quickly (in spite of the time difference) and shocked us with the news that she's actually a MEMBER of the organization! With Carmen's help, T got her photos and additional info the Very Next Day!

Doesn't that just give you goosebumps? Whether you want to call it luck, fate, coincidence or another red thread to our daughters... something happened there. I believe that sometimes people are put into our lives for a reason. Who would've ever imagined that a friendly e-mail from Spain would have led to one waiting mother reaching across the ocean to extend her help to another mother. The world really is at our fingertips thanks to the internet.

I'm constantly amazed by the connections we make thru these blogs. It's remarkable. When I first started mine, I figured nobody would even read it. LOL! And now look. I "know" someone in Spain! I've traveled thru several states to meet alot of other bloggers. Almost 3 yrs later, I count a few of these blogger chicks as some of my closest friends. Who woulda thunk it? This planet really is a lot smaller than we realize.

I know I've said it in a few places and a few different times already... but thank you, Carmen!! You have no idea how much your help meant. I can't wait for the day when you and I can share our own referral pics with each other. Who knows... we could even meet in China someday!

11 comments:

Marla said...

That is amazing. Sometimes I can't believe how small the world is, and how truly generous and caring people in the adoption community can be. I've made a lot of lifelong friends in this process too and am so thankful for each and every one.

Enjoy your 'rita and have a great weekend!

laurie said...

Very cool indeed. I've said it many times before,you blogger chicks (and a few blogger guys) are the only things that have kept me sane, informed, and motivated thru this long,long heartwrenching process.

Since my LID is May 31 2006, I predict a speed-up and being in Guangzhou at the same time as you, K!

Enjoy your 'rita. It seems that spring has sprung in Wisconsin today as well.

simply t said...

I will forever be grateful for the friends met along the way and that friend across the ocean....

Wendy said...

I love stories like this!!! Thank you for sharing this!

Lindsay said...

How cool you could do this for a friend. And how wonderful that thousands of miles away another waiting mom is willing to reach out and help a stranger. It proves what I always like to believe: most people in this world are fundamentally kind and generous people.

Diana said...

That is AMAZING:)
It is a small world!!

"M" said...

I love these kinds of stories!!! Very cool how this is working out. There is certainly an upside to this awful waiting. I would have never imagined the connections I would have made during this process.

Princess Diaries said...

That a definate red threadd! I love stories like that.

Julie said...

Wow, awesome story!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love the community we have built with others who share similar life stories. It's not just important for us, but for our children someday.

OziMum said...

Carmen's emailed me a few times too! She's lovely! Yes, it is a very small planet indeed! How cool that through this link, T was able to get more pics of E!

:) Good work, Detective!