As the baby is soon coming, our friends threw Bryan and I a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. It was a very memorable night. I was personally struck with so much thankfulness for the people who not only prepared everything but also took a night out to celebrate with us. I was especially grateful that all of our new friends could also come and be with us. Our friends back at Berkeley had also sent us gifts and cards, and it reminded me that we're being supported by a whole community of believers back at our home church. Also, as all of us packed in together that night at Pastor Manny and Sunny's house it reminded me of the ways I had experienced community and witnessed people's expressions of love for others through events like these when I was an undergrad.
I feel grateful that our child will grow up in a community like this where she will have many "aunties and uncles" to look after her and older sisters and a brother who'll teach her to play games and put her in her place if she starts acting bratty. They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and more and more I realize how true this really is.