There has been a lot of hustle and bustle this month on the non-adoption side of our life, but before I head into the four-day holiday weekend, I wanted to make sure to stop and give thanks despite the stress and hubbub of 2014.

  • I am thankful that I had the opportunity to continue my education while doing an internship and maintaining a job that would allow us to keep our health insurance.
  • I am thankful that there is a new roof over our heads. Home projects have taken a good chunk out of our savings this year, but D and I are grateful that our home is safer for it.
  • I am thankful that our littlest rabbit girl is still with us. We had a scare a week and a half ago, but she is on her way to making a (hopefully) full recovery. Her bunny tantrums and spirited defiance of our desire to keep her on bed rest are adorable.
  • I am thankful for our friends, who are not only excited for our adoption journey but have been supportive and wonderfully enthusiastic. We are always asked how the process is going and if we have any more information or news about adoption that can be shared. Their commitment to our family and their interest in understanding the complexities of adoptions from all sides (birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents) touches me to the core.
  • I am thankful for our families, who cheer us on when the process hits small bumps in the road and who are thrilled to be expecting little ones in their future. Hearing my mom’s voice light up when I talk about it makes me giddy inside to think of her as a grandma.
  • I am thankful that D and I have been blessed enough to be able to adopt. That we are informed enough to know that we don’t know enough about adoption and that we need to continue to educate ourselves for the rest of our lives.

I hope I have more things to be thankful for next year. I hope more children are safely placed with loving families, whether through adoption or reunification. I hope that our country becomes a safer place to raise children of color. I hope that the stigmas of adoption and adoptees in South Africa improves so that more children are raised and sheltered within their communities, and more birth mothers are welcomed and cared for than ostracized. Lots of hopes for 2015.

Love and happy Thanksgiving!


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