Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I am so excited to spend the day with the kids tomorrow. We usually go to the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, but since we went to the Mag. Mile one this past weekend, we are staying home this year. We're going to snuggle up and watch together, in the warmth of our home, with some popcorn! :) I'm looking forward to it! We'll do a semi-typical dinner at lunchtime (ham not turkey though, I've never attempted turkey.) And then I think we're getting take out pizza for supper! :)

We'll talk about what we're thankful for of course. I can't wait to tell them why I'm thankful for each of them.

I have a special gift for them, but it hasn't come yet. It's supposed to be delivered on Friday so we'll look at that then. I made a book! I am in LOVE with!!! I made a book called Gratitude 2008. It shares pages of what I, and we as a family, are grateful for in our lives. The first 6 pages dedicate 2 each to each of the kids. I also have pages dedicated to family, grandparents, friends, our home, our church, and God. In addition, I asked each of the kids what they were thankful for and created a page for each. Olivia was thankful for our family, Braeden for going to Disney World :), and Liam didn't really answer, so we decided he was thankful at this point in his life for puppies! The book turned out SO GREAT! I ordered a hardcover copy and cannot WAIT to see it! The kids are going to be so shocked and surprised!!! :)

I am also grateful for each of you, for your support and kind words, for your listening ears and heartfelt prayers. May God bless each of you richly this Thanksgiving weekend!


Lisa, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! Sounds like it will be an amazing and blessed day.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

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