Usually it takes years to develop quality friendships that withstand months, even years, passing without face to face time. But sometimes "extreme circumstances" cement a friendship faster than others.
I suppose being together in a delivery room of sorts counts as one of those extreme cases.
Six years ago in February Ian and I were assigned to a table for our Beijing meals with Donna and Alan. And while it was the first adoption experience for both of us as couples, Donna and Alan had gone through the parenting ropes before us and they kindly took us under their wing in our first weeks of parenthood.
So it seemed fitting that on our way down to Alabama for spring break that we at least let them know we'd be coming through their area. In true "you're family to us" fashion, Donna insisted that we stop for as long as we could to visit on our way.
And while I didn't want for them to make a fuss over us, our pit stop included a delicious lunch.
|while there were plenty of chairs, grace and kylie insisted on sitting together ~ sisters at heart...|
|sweet Rebecca was kind enough to play memory with DQ|
|caleb and andrew opted for the star wars edition of the game of life|
|and even had the patience to play sorry with daniel|
|loved this shot of them resting their heads together...so sweet|
And then, all too soon it was time to get back in the van ~ but not without a few quick pictures.
|their four youngest along with mine ~ a FUN bunch for sure!|
We love you P family, thanks for a great afternoon!