What a Thanksgiving. We went up to Atlanta for the day to celebrate with my family: my mom, my sisters Andrea and Melissa, and their families. Everyone was so excited to get up there (Sophie had been asking for days when we would be seeing cousin Dane again ;)) so there was no complaining when we had to get up early to get on the road. We split up the Thanksgiving menu and I was assigned to my favorite: desserts 🙂 One chocolate chip bundt cake, one chocolate pie, two pumpkin pies and one pan of lemon bars accompanied us up to Atlanta for the festivities. We spent a good bit of the day talking, laughing and finishing up the other dishes that would be served at our dinner-time meal. Everything came together without any major faux pas, which, at Thanksgiving, is one more thing to be thankful for. Aside from a few dishes not getting heated through, everything was perfect. It was such a blessing to be surrounded by the love of family at this time of the year, laughing about times past and anticipating the wonderful times ahead. Our kids just love each other, much like we sisters have always been close and it is my prayer that they all remain close in the years to come, although I might have to draw the line sometime soon as Avery has been discussing the legality of marriage between cousins lately… I think she has her eye on either Asher or Dalton 😉
It is at this time of year that I think more often of the many blessings we have in life: a warm house, clean sheets, the laughter of children playing, the sound of rain, a dog to snuggle with, family dinners that last an hour or more, the love of Jesus, even though I am so undeserving, an honest and devoted husband and seven incredible children, each of whom warm my heart in their own special way.
I am also reminded how thankful I am for the ways our family has changed through the blessing of adoption. It is with awe and reverence that I have witnessed how adoption has changed the face of our family, figuratively and literally. Tori said it beautifully when she said, “Each of our adopted children have added to our family so uniquely. Each of them has been an incredible blessing in their own way.” And I am forever grateful to God for building our family His way. We are all blessed indeed.