Once upon a time, my best friend Kristi came to visit us when we lived on Eglin AFB. This was for Elijah's first birthday in 2010. And she bought our little Elijah the most adorable rain boots shown in the picture below.
Fast forward to 2011 and move us to Turkey. One of the best memories I have from 2011, was during my friend Becky's visit to Incirlik. Bonded while at Eglin through infertility journeys, Becky spent an afternoon splashing in puddles with Elijah.
Elijah had long since outgrown the red car boots and moved onto bigger, fire fighter boots. But the fun times were just the same.
Becky was just months away from completing an adoption through Korea. And as she and Elijah splashed in the puddles that day, I pictured her as a mom to a young boy -- probably just a few months younger than Elijah was in that picture.
Fast forward some more. September of 2011. John and Becky go to Korea to meet their son and bring him home to live with them forever. As I thought about what I could send John, Becky, and Joshua, I kept thinking of rain boots.
I debated buying new ones. But for some reason, that didn't feel special enough. I hoped they wouldn't see me passing down boots as tacky. I just felt that the car boots needed a new home. A very special home.
So I sent them to Joshua and was blessed to get to see a picture of him in those cutie-patootie boots, below:
I'm so happy for John, Becky, and their family. Here's to 2012 and all of you waiting for the perfect additions to your own family in the upcoming year.