Just discovered this thread. And so glad I did. Haven't read both part but just skipped around. You guys are amazing. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. This is the kind of warmth and positive support and cameraderie that I have longed for all my life. Maybe it is "only" online but the love is coming through loud and clear. Thanks to you all for this. I am actually feeling emotion intensely and it is a good thing - and very unfamiliar.
(And a STANDING OVATION to all who post here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
We are often troubled, but not crushed;
sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;
and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
- Paul, II Cor 4:8-9