So Thankful!

Thanksgiving was a wonderful day with family! The holidays are fun with a toddler again! Still remembering and thinking of the holidays that I was longing for our little girl! Those were so hard, especially in 2009 when we knew who she was and that she was spending her first Christmas in an orphanage. The song, "Merry Christmas" by Third Day about put me over the edge...not sure why I kept listening to it, but the lyrics were as if I wrote them:
But half a world away I hang the stockings by the fire
And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in his arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

However, this permanently etched memory of how hard the wait was for Abby and all the obstacles really, to this day and I pray ALWAYS, makes me not take a moment for granted! It's a really good place to parent from (as long as I don't slip into spoiling her because of it, that is. My mom said I'm a little "soft" when it comes to discipline this time around...oops). It has been the same way with my boys. They didn't come "easy" either and I am just always so thankful and in awe of God's faithfulness to bless us with these amazing two young men. I am ONE LUCKY MOM!!! Feeling very thankful! 


  1. Love this picture!!!!

    Oh dear....we are so different in our years as parents....different situations, different trials, different children, and we are older- not sure what effects that has had, but it does change you. You are not as worried about some details maybe?

  2. I love this photo of your kids -- everyone sure is growing up! Abby looks so much less like a baby . . . sniff . . . and more like a lovely little girl! Happy Thanksgiving,

  3. Wow your kids are growing up!!:) She looks like Maiya...all smiling between two handsome boys. More pics coming on my blog!! So what about this arbonne to help me out?:) Email me....
    fenwickfamily5@gmail.com...Yes her dress came from there!! I will be having another online event around first of Feb like Feb 1st!!...for spring!! :) So good to see your comment on my blog!! Gidget