When I was telling everyone I was pregnant with twins, a mother of twins told me, ‘it’s not as hard as everyone says.’
I was grateful for the positive outlook. It comforted me and made me feel like maybe we’ll all be ok!
And we are ok! But I’m here to tell you that it’s every bit as difficult as you can imagine. haha.
In August, a lovely group of ladies showered me with diapers and wipes etc and I was giving a little monologue and told them I was planning on surviving from September to December and then hopefully thriving come January. I’ve never been more excited to welcome a new year.
We probably have done a little bit better than survive and if we have, it’s thanks to you. We have been carried into this year on the backs of so many dear people. So many people. It overwhelms me and humbles me and when I look at the names I’ve written down of all the people who have brought meals or come by to help or sent something special I’m really just in awe. And because I doubt I will ever be able to properly thank each individual, I’m going to do it here.
So. In no particular order.
Dear Gaye, Mike and Katy, Jill, Brenda, Duane and Amy, Robert and Jill, Linds, Kristy, Rus and Em, Taylor and Emily, Jeremy and Joni, Phillip and Ronda, Malcom and Audrey, Lauren, Uncle Warren and Aunt Kristy, Uncle Dave and Aunt Stacy, Grampa and Grama, Gram, Ryan and Linda, Jim, Whitney, Brianna, Dad and Mom, Davey and Jennifer, Jana, Dana, Dianna, David and Janelle, Granddaddy and Grandmommy, Earl and Linda, Judy, Rachael, Aunt Laura, Laura, Bethany, Melissa and Tara, Ashley, Leah, Trey and Rachelle, Laurie, Ned and Sarah and Tucker and Riley, Jennifer and Nia, Cindy, Abel, Barbara and Trinity, Wade and Amy, Troy and Karen, Amy, Shuana, Natalie, Elisabeth, Ashleigh, John and Debbie,
Wow. Thank you so much. For bringing me food. I’ve never consumed so much food in my life nor had so little time to prepare it. Thank you for letting me hold you hostage and shuffling babies with you so I could devour dinner. Thank you for reading books to my kids and shining your light on them and making them feel seen and noticed and loved. Thank you for the incredible castle blocks and the rocket stomper. And the diapers. So many diapers. We’ve estimated that we’ve changed about 1800 diapers in the past three plus months. Thank you for the quilt and the sleepers. We don’t get out much so they live in them. Thank you for the adorable bibs, (perfect timing, they just started drooling), and the socks and the toys for the kids. Thank you for letting me shower and then trying to have an adult conversation with me. Those feel rare at times. Thank you for folding my laundry and cleaning my bathrooms. Thank you for the protein balls and the oat cakes. I have consumed record amounts of oat cakes and quiches. Some of you apologize for not coming by sooner. You have come at exactly the right time. I sometimes try to line up helper bees on Sunday nights for my week and then get too tired to text. And you call or text at just the right time and I believe it’s all orchestrated from up above. You have carried us these last few months and we are so incredibly grateful.
I sometimes feel overwhelmed at the amount of love you have poured on us. Like, God, where am I supposed to put all this love? How can I possibly give back what has been given to me? And He told me to start by receiving it and filling my kids up with it.
So thank you. The power a simple meal holds is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Much much love,