Wednesday, November 21, 2007


"Enter God's gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:4-5

I cannot believe another Thursday is here. This one is special - our first Thanksgiving with Hannah Leigh. I feel as though I waited so long to have her here with us and sometimes, I need to pinch myself to believe she has really come home. It is a joy. It is great reason to be thankful.

I am thankful for my little Indian, Emily, who enjoyed her Kindergarten feast to it's fullest. She had a headache the evening before and knowing Emily, I was certain a sinus infection was the cause. On Friday, when we visited the doctor with both little ladybugs in tow, Emily marched in with her Indian headdress on and told everyone the story of Thanksgiving.

I am thankful both Hannah and Emily seem to be feeling better. The morning of the feast, Hannah was running a very high temperature. I was supposed to help in Emily's classroom and I was tentative about leaving Hannah. She did fine while I was gone, and a visit to the doctor would confirm a double ear infection and pink eye. This past weekend was a bit of a bust with two little sickies on our hands, but we are thankful for quiet time and for togetherness:)

I am thankful that I have the freedom to praise God and to worship as I choose. Especially at Thankgiving, it seems appropriate to be mindful of the Great Big God that gets me through the day.

I am thankful for an extraordinary meeting with Emily's teacher this week. Kindergarten can be daunting, fortunately Emily is in a wonderful classroom with a great teacher and she is thriving. She doesn't like school, she LOVES it.

I am thankful that Amanda, our little friend with CF, healed well and was able to join her friends for Thanksgiving feast on Friday. I am thankful for her mother and the incredible spirit and example she is to all mothers.

I am thankful for family. I am thankful I have a good husband and that we work together to nurture and enrich this beautiful life.

I am thankful for family. I am thankful my parents are nearby, and though we won't be able to be together on Thanksgiving, I am thankful for them every single day.

I am thankful for friends - all friends. Our life is filled with special and important people. This weekend we had the most wonderful visit from our friends Casey and Tiffany and their two gorgeous children. Living far apart, our opportunities are few and far between, but it is wonderful when we are together.

Wishing you and your family a love and laughter filled holiday with all the trimmings. Let us all be thankful for our blessings, today and always.


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I am so thankful for you. I loved seeing the pictures of your precious gifts from God. How cute are those coats??? Where did you find them??? What am I saying, it was 80 degrees here today and is supposed to be a "blustery" 50 something tomorrow.

I hope you, hubby, and your ladybugs have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Angie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Heather! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful day celebrating Hannah's first Thanksgiving!
I, like Lisa, am thankful for you and your never ending encouragement for me and our adoption. Thank you!

DiJo said...

Hsppy Thanksgiving!!! That is one of my VERY favorite songs!! Can you imagine being Mary? Talk about overwhelming!!!! Blessings to your family of FOUR this Thanksgiving! Praise God for our girls!
Blessings from KY today!

Sheri said...

Happy Thanksgiving! How special that this is the first Thanksgiving you are celebrating with Hannah. Praise God for his wonderful gift! Love the pictures of the girls in their adorable coats. I'm glad that they are feeling better. Have a great day!

Jodee Leader said...

I hope you have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!

mommy24treasures said...

always love your thankful posts. I never tire of them. Love all your photos today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Lori said...

Beautiful post Heather, you have so much to be thankful for and I'm glad you share that with all of us. :)
Happy first Thanksgiving with sweet Hannah, both of the girls look especially pretty in their hats and coats, such sweet little ladies. :)
Happy Thanksgiving.

Lori said...

Oh, and I LOVE that song, it's one of my favorites!

redmaryjanes said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving post. I love that your daughter wants to tell everyone the story of Thanksgiving. I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Kimber said...

I hope you all feel better soon! We are under the weather yet again too. I love the photos of both girls with their coat and hats on. Emily looks stunning!


Danielle said...

I love this post. I am so thankful for you! Especially tonight. Thank you so much for the talk. It meant so much to me.

I love the girls' coats. They are SO cute. I hope that everyone is feeling better over at your house.



Anonymous said...


What a gracious heart you have. Such a beautiful post about gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your darling ladybugs, and the man who loves all you girls :)!

Hugs to you on this holiday that our daughters are HOME!!

One of my favorite songs BTW


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