This is my beautiful friend Jenny. And her adorable little boy Dylan, who is now two years old. Jenny and I have been friends for over ten years. We met when we worked together at the Gap.
Jenny is now married to her husband Matt. Aren't they cute? Jenny and Matt are both from Chicago. They now live in Singapore. Yes, that Singapore. And the girl I would have voted "Least likely to live in Singapore"? Yes, that would have been Jenny.
Jenny and Matt have two precious boys, Dylan who is two and sweet baby Gavin. They are in Chicago for a bit and are having a party at the end of the month to celebrate Dylan's second birthday and Gavin's baptism. And in lieu of gifts they are asking their guests to bring donations to help bring Katie home. Isn't that amazing? It shouldn't surprise me, because Jenny is an incredibly giving, generous person. However, this journey to Katie Ruth has been full of surprises for me. To ask that people - complete strangers to us - donate to help us bring our girl home instead of buying a gift for Dylan and Gavin is remarkable to me. It's completely unselfish and amazingly generous.
This process has been, and I expect will continue to be, a very humbling one. How do you thank people for literally helping you bring your child home? There are no words that are adequate. We are trying to be very gracious and thankful, but really? How do you thank people for this? We are so fortunate to have such amazing friends, and that has never been more apparent to me.