When we started the adoption process, I happened to be working as a long term sub at a local school. It was a unique school set up due to the students that were enrolled there, so there ended up being 3 programs in one big room (the old library). One of the programs was run by an adoptive mother. She had a beautiful little girl, and an open adoption.
The friendship we developed over those 12 weeks has stuck around. She helped me navigate the adoption questionnaires, gave advice on our profile book, and let me chat her ear off. She also bought a whole bunch of books for our future child. One of them was
"God Found Us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergren.
It is probably one of my favorite books in our home, but doesn't get read that often, simply because every time I read it aloud, I end up crying.
Isaac has just begun to understand emotions, and thinks that if there are tears, then you're sad. The last time I read it to him, I finished the book, and he looked at me and said, "Momma, sad?".
I smiled and gave him a hug, reassuring him that no, Momma wasn't sad, but just like Momma Fox in the book, I was the "happiest Momma in the whole world."