Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  What a great day it was!  We had nice weather, an abundance of food, time with family, and the ability to reflect on the truly important things in life. I'm so thankful for life!  I'm thankful for a relationship with the One who created life as well.  

I'm thankful for the man that God gave me.  As much as I sometimes feel like I have to raise him, he brings me so much happiness. :-)  He is such a servant to me, and even more so, he is a servant of God.  I'm proud of who he is today, and I'm proud of how far he has come.

Of course this day has made me think of my precious little boy.  We are waiting to hear of our court date being scheduled and the final "ok" for either going to pick him up or to meeting him at the airport in Chicago. All day, I have thanked God for the little life that will soon be grafted into our family tree forever.  I cannot wait to spend holidays (and every day) with his sweet self.  I thank God for His provision in the adoption process thus far and I am confident that He will see us through to the end.

I'm thankful for our house, but most of all, I'm thankful that we have made it a home.  I'd live in a cardboard box if I had to, but I'm glad that we've been blessed with a nice house for creating memories and spending time together.

This may seem silly to others, but I am thankful for our cute puppy, Allen.  He's a smart little whipper-snapper.  He truly is more human than dog (he can indicate when he wants the gas fireplace turned on, he sleeps on our pillows, and he has preferences and a personality).  He brings lots of laughter into our home.  Also, he is a comfort during sad times or bad health.

And he's stinkin' cute...

I'm very thankful for all of my family.  Only a few members are pictured here, but they are all very unique and special to me.  I thank God that most of my family loves Him and desires an intimate relationship with Him.  I'm thankful for the support that our families have been and for the constant encouragement that they offer.

This little boy is so easy to be thankful for...  Since he spends at least one long weekend a month with us, people have said that we've lived through the grandparents stage before the parents stage.  They're probably right, because this child can do no wrong in my eyes. He is a blessing in every way.  He is kind, intelligent, loving, and full of joy.  For Joel, we are thankful!

I'm thankful for my other three "nephews".  Some people question the idea behind having a child call someone their aunt even though they aren't related by blood - but not us.  These boys (and their parents) mean the world to me, and I love them as much as I'll love any blood relative that God blesses me with.  We pray for these boys regularly and we love them whole-heartedly (and they are all sick today, so we are praying for healing in their little bodies!!!)

I am thankful for our little trooper of a nephew, Sully.

And his big brothers, Connor and Finn.

And finally, I am thankful for friends.  Here is a picture of just some of our friends, but they all mean the world to us!  We've been carried through hard times by these people, and we've spent time with them in prayer when that was the most powerful thing that could be done.  We've been blessed by generous, giving and forgiving friends!

There's so much to be thankful for this year, and even more to look forward to in the future.  I hope that you took a moment to reflect on all you have (relationships and possessions) this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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