Saturday, February 15, 2014

our village

You know that cliche saying... the one about it taking a village to raise a child..?

Well, I no longer consider it cliche. It's the straight truth and boy, am I glad for our village.

Our village is my parents, who drove here less than 12 hours after Charlotte's birth and tirelessly cooked, washed dishes, did laundry, scrubbed our salty cars, held a sleeping babe, listened, encouraged, talked, prayed, supported, did more laundry, vacuumed, made more meals, and did more dishes.

Our village is Joel's parents and his brother who sent cards/gifts/flowers to our babe and who call regularly to check in and make sure we're all doing okay. Who admire Charlotte and tell us she's beautiful. 

Our village is friends who got up in the middle of the night to come pick us up in the freezing rain when our power was out and our cars were blocked in by a fallen tree.
Our village is colleagues who invited us into their home, let us crash in their bed and use their towels. Who had a bassinet for baby Charlotte to sleep peacefully and didn't complain when she wailed for food in the middle of the night.

Our village is the countless loved ones who have brought meals, sent texts, written emails, responded to Facebook rants, and complimented photos of our sweet little babe.

Our village is a church family who claps when I stand up holding a nine-day-old Charlotte in the Ergo carrier and stops by our seats after service to see how we're holding up.
Raising this child is so much harder and more wonderful than I ever imagined. The sleep deprivation, the tears, the confusion, the fear, the doubt.... all fade in comparison to the support we've been given in Charlotte's first two weeks of life.

I never want to do life alone, without our village. Praise God I don't have to.

1 comment:

  1. Amen! I feel like I could/should just link my blog right up to yours and let it serve as a thank you to all of our friends/family too. Isn't it amazing how people rally around us? Community is so so important. I now know what a better job I will do when someone has a baby or has a need. Once you've been the recipient, it is very humbling. Soooo glad you have been loved on. Charlotte is a sweetie. Only wish we lived closer so we could have play dates! :)