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Amazingly, though, the body of Christ has wrapped their arms around us and so lifted our burden that it doesn't feel daunting at all.
... My parents had our house cleaned from top to bottom just after we closed, sparing me from wiping down baseboards, scrubbing bathrooms, and taking down cobwebs while trying to wrangle Liam.
... My grandma is helping us have the house's interior painted so we can really move in and feel settled.
... Shawn's parents are helping us with a washer and dryer set. I will jump for JOY when we have more than occasional access to laundry, which has been the case since we've been here.
... Our brother and sister who live down the road have shown up at the drop of a hat with snacks, Chipotle, help with Liam, and a million other things. They've been amazing.
... My mom is flying in today, very last minute, to help me while Shawn is gone. She cancelled several things on her calendar to be here, including giving a devotional to a moms' group. Instead of talking about being a great mom, she's choosing to be one. I couldn't be more grateful.
... I have Bible study friends who are pitching in left and right in the most creative ways: helping us unpack, taping off walls for painters, and taking Liam to the children's museum for the afternoon.
... We have other friends who have brought delicious, gluten-free meals.
And all this in a place we've only called home for 2 months.
Never have we felt so loved by a community of believers, so helped, so supported. Our burden has been so lifted by these dear friends and families of ours, and we are humbled and encouraged by their many, many acts of love.