Well, I never got around to posting over the Thanksgiving weekend. :) We enjoyed many gatherings with family and friends and we will spend this week recovering! Anyway, I fully intended to post a list of some of the things I'm grateful for this year; my parents have a tradition of writing on a feather what we are thankful for and hanging it on a turkey but I wanted to share some of it here.
1) God's grace - without Him, I am nothing.
2) My wonderful husband - he is my soulmate and my best friend.
3) My amazing sons - a miracle gift from God; they left all that they knew and have trusted us and loved us. How humbling!
4) Family (extended and immediate) - we are blessed to live near many of them.
5) Old friends - it's unbelievable to me that I have remained close with many friends from the past (even from birth for some!).
6) New friends - this year has brought some wonderful new (and renewed) friendships.
7) Our Church - it has been exactly what we needed at this time in our lives.
8) Staying home - I'm privileged to stay at home with my boys most of the time and I LOVE it
9) My work - I truly enjoy being a hygienist and I've made great friends there, too; from co-workers to patients!
10) This blog - it has proven to be just the creative outlet I needed this fall and I've met so many great people!
I'm also very thankful for adoption and for adoptive families. Adoption has enriched my life and changed me in ways I didn't even know needed changed! The families I have met on our journey (in real-life and in blogger world) have blessed and challenged me as I see them selflessly open their hearts, lives, and families to welcome a new child (babies and older with varying medical needs) into their home. For some (like us), it is their first child(ren), for others, it is their 2nd or 3rd through adoption, and for still others it is their 3rd or 4th or 5th but first adoption.
I am feeling extra thankful this year for all of these families, for adoption, and for God's amazing work in uniting wonderful children with loving homes. November is Adoption Awareness Month and that has taken on a whole new meaning for us!