As some may know, we are in the process of adopting a child.
What some may not know, however, that this is a very expensive endeavor. We have had a very close friend of ours who have decided that all the money they make from their 2nd job will go to help with the costs of our adoption.
Our friend doesn't even get to see her pay check. We just got a letter in the mail from the employer with a hand written note saying that our friend directed them to send the check right to us.
How do you Thank someone who is willing to give "everything they make" to help you out?
Its not that this is a rich family which has money to burn... unless they really are rich and just haven't ever told me... (in which case, can I get a new car?). But a family much like most of us, at times, struggling to make ends meet... yet still willing to give. And give to a cause which isn't even theirs.
If I were on the outside looking in, this is one of those wonderful feel good stories - one that encourages you in humanity and our ability to give, care, and an example of what can really set good people apart from the selfish masses. A wonderful act of generosity and self sacrifice... but being in the middle of it, I am just amazed and humbled that there are people like that... people who God has put in our lives who are willing to come along side and walk with you through all of lives journeys.
And after many months of struggling with decisions, finances and comments from people around us (comments which I'm sure were meant in love, but really were just not encouraging) and feeling like the whole adoption was going to be an up hill fight by ourselves, it is so very encouraging to know that there are those walking with us - and walking with us in more than just shallow words, but getting their hands dirty and helping carry the burden.
So there you have it... I am amazed, and some times humbled by the actions of others.
This is one of those times.