That pretty much sums up the feeling my family has had the past two weeks.
First, we have our second child which was a surreal and magical experience rolled up into one bundle of joy. Then, the story runs in the Times-Republican as the boy is the first baby of the year at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.
Then, neither of us knew what was in store after the story ran.
Every day since it seems we receive a card or two in the mail congratulating us. They were sent by people from all over. It could have been somebody I interviewed for a story years ago or a person I see regularly at community events. There were also church friends, good friends, co-workers, family and all places in between who sent along congratulations.
We received a few cards from people that took us a few seconds to even realize who they were. That shows just how far-reaching the support has been and also how many people are reading the paper (plug, plug).
And many other people took the time to say some kind words in person, by email or through phone calls.
Not to mention the haul we received from the hospital and other goodies for having Baby New year, which has also been overwhelming. For a humble family, we feel undeserving off all of it at times.
But we have got past that and realized it has been quite the blessed few weeks for our family. It's put a spring in our step when maybe there would have been a bit of a tired trot. We are, after all, getting by with half the regular sleep, so this extra jolt of adrenaline is appreciated.
The overwhelming support has made us smile and thankful we live in this type of community. It also makes us want to support others who are in this similar situation, so we plan to "pay it forward" when we can into the future.
People say we live in a cynical world where our neighbors no longer act neighborly to each other. I beg to differ and we have a table full of cards, blankets, clothes and other gifts at our home that prove otherwise. Sorry cynics, there still are some good people in this world and the past two weeks reinforced that in my mind.
Thanks again to everyone for all of the well wishes. They certainly have warmed our hearts during a time when they were pumping pretty warm already.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org