From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

October 23

We were shocked when the adoption agency said we were matched for a baby boy three months after we had completed the paperwork. “Is the nursery ready?” asked a business associate.

Well, not exactly. We had nothing for the baby. The wouldbe nursery was water damaged and very badly in need of rewiring, new walls, a new ceiling and floor.

We worked during the day and like mad by night. Friends, family and sometimes even complete strangers showed up with used baby furniture, clothes and a host of other necessities. We had almost completed the room by the time my husband and I boarded the flight.

Three weeks and a long airplane ride later, we walked through the door of our home with our son. While we were gone, the nursery had been finished and the refrigerator stocked with several meals for us.

Friends and family came throughout the next few days to see our son and bring items we needed. Reflecting on our first few hours home as a family, we realized that we had already been part of a caring extended family, larger than we could have ever imagined.

Cynthia Hummel

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