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A few things that I am thankful for.

  1. My hardworking, ever forgiving, pretty much adorable husband.
  2. My loving, charming, too-clever-for-their-own-good kids.
  3. My family, who is just too far away.
  4. My great job, which in addition to being a financial blessing also surrounds me with encouraging and loving people.
  5. Our new friend asleep upstairs.
  6. A warm home on this cold and snowy night.
  7. Our abundance of food and anything else that we might possibly need.


30 Days of Thankful: Day 30

Today, I’m thankful for my friends. I have tried to come up with some brilliant words to tell you how much I adore my friends, but I can’t. Everything we’ve been through in the past few years has shown me what it means to be a friend– not by my own actions, but by all of the love I’ve been shown. I’m thankful for the friends who stuck it out with me and for the friends who got to know me in the middle of all of the craziness that is my life and love me anyways!

30 Days of Thankful: Day 28 & Day 29

Day 28: I’m thankful for the quiet moments. This on the couch moment actually happened. Blues Clues was on and Gus was interested enough that he sat down to watch it with them while I made dinner. Only for about 10 minutes, but that was 10 minutes I had to myself!


Our quiet time was also supported by a great package we got from my mom yesterday. It was filled with lots of great stuff, including a bunch of VHS tapes my mom picked up at a church bazaar. Yes, we still have a VCR and used VHS tapes are way cheaper than Blu Ray!

(I totally dug through it BEFORE I took this photo– my mom packs it way neater than that.)

Day 29: Today, I’m thankful for our big fenced in yard. The kids (and dogs) spend SO much time out there playing.


30 Days of Thankful: Days 22-27

We spent Thanksgiving at Aaron’s parents house. I left my computer at home, and while I planned to just blog when we got home, I got a little further behind than I planned.


(Reed and Lena are in there.)

Day 22: Today, I’m thankful for books. I love reading– for the entertainment and to learn new things. It’s a fun way to get  a perspective of something that I wouldn’t otherwise understand. My two favorites that I’ve read recently are the Handmaid’s Tale and Kitchen House.

Day 23: I’m thankful for my warm, comfy bed. I was definitely missing it on Friday!

Day 24: 2 years ago today, we met Reed and Lena for the first time. Today, I’m thankful for Reece’s Rainbow, the organization which helped us find our children. And I’m thankful for Sasha, our facilitator in Ukraine, who held our hands for the Ukrainian side of things.

Day 25: Today, I’m thankful for the internet. I use it for connecting with family and friends who live far away, for shopping, for my business, etc. I don’t know if we would have adopted, or at least not at this point in our lives, without the help of internet research. It is so helpful for so much.

Day 26: I’m thankful for medical care and insurance. One of the kids had to take a trip to the doctor today for an ear infection. It was very quick, easy and inexpensive to get what we needed and I’m thankful for that!

Day 27: Today, I’m thankful for warm winter clothes. We definitely needed them this morning with a temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit when I took Reed to school!

30 Days of Thankful: Day 21

Today, I’m thankful for my two awesome sisters. I am missing them today, since I’d love to be getting ready for Thanksgiving with them. I admire both of my sisters a ton.

My oldest sister, Nicole, is a domestic queen. She cooks, bakes and sews, all while being a mom to 6. She also works very hard to make sure that her family eats healthy, avoiding processed foods. Nicole is also an incredibly loving person– she is very patient with her kids and everyone in her life. And, I can always count on her to listen when I need it. I love having kids about the same age as hers. One of my nephews is right in between Reed and Lena in age, and another is just a few months older than Gus. We can always commiserate about 5 year olds or toddlers.

My sister Lisa was my biggest role model in school. I was glad that she was 6 years older than me, because she set the bar high and I could hope that teachers had forgotten about her or didn’t connect us by the time I came around. We didn’t get along as kids– at all. Yet, I secretly admired her. I would copy her, but try not to make it too obvious. I’d go into her room when she was not around and steal her clothes and books. I even went to a college that she had gone to for a bit, but I should have learned from her mistaken, since we both transferred out.


Not exactly the most flattering picture of any of us, but one of the only ones I could find.



Hm, is that better?

Happy Thanksgiving! Miss you. Play some Apples to Apples and Balderdash for me.