Thursday, November 20, 2014

Being Thankful

As I wandered the grocery store aisles this morning, loading my cart for next week's holiday it occurred to me that this is the first time in four years we're celebrating a "normal" Thanksgiving.  2010 was the last time I hosted in my home and life wasn't upside down and backwards. 


Then it hit me.. the weekend before the Thanksgiving of 2010 was when my kiddos came to us.  So I perused my old blog and *BOOM*.  Four years ago TODAY we got The Call.  We had signed up to be an emergency home over the holiday and figured it was a temporary placement.  On November 20th, 2010 at 9pm we accepted two littles but really didn't think twice about it.  They arrived at 1:30am sound asleep in the back of the social worker's car, bathed in moonlight on that cold, perfectly clear evening. 

I will never forget their beautiful faces.

Unlike the previous five kiddos that blessed our home we didn't get all crazy and call family.  We were seasoned by then.  It probably would only be for a few weeks or months, no reason to get the adoption hopes up.  We had come to the realization we were probably only going to foster but were totally okay with that.

*More Tears*
That year our family gathered in my home and the usual hootin and a-hollerin commenced.  It was a wonderful day full of laughter, love and fantastic food. 
So much has changed since then.  Such a reality check for me today.  Nothing is forever, be thankful in the moment because they are fleeting. 
The one thing that has not changed, however, is how dang blessed I am.