Giving Thanks


I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I couldn’t help but feel inspired.

While it’s been far from easy, life with DJ has been a dream come true. The last five months have been so full–bringing DJ home for the first time, introducing him to family & friends, developing our daily rituals like nightly storytime, going to the bus stop for the 1st day of school,  getting together for family celebrations, watching his soccer games, going over spelling words, doing battle over shorts vs. pants, and so much more.

There have been rough patches that I will probably explore in future posts, but I’m honestly grateful for every minute since DJ became a part of our family. And I’m especially indebted to everyone who helped to bring DJ into our lives and kept us sane during this huge transition. Adoption is definitely not something that you can do on your own, and my only hesitation in writing this post is that I’m going to forget someone. So let me say right now that I’m deeply thankful to all of the family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers who have made the last five months possible.

I am so thankful for all of our family and friends who have been so amazing throughout this very long process. Nothing has given me more joy than watching you get to know our dear DJ. Whether near or far, your support has made all the difference.

I am so thankful for our caseworkers on both the east and west coasts. We never would’ve even known about DJ if it wasn’t for our matching coordinator at Three Rivers Adoption Council sending us an email to check out a little boy on the Northwest Adoption Exchange. In the weeks since DJ’s arrival, all of our caseworkers have done an outstanding job staying on top of the multitude of paperwork and answering our numerous questions. It is because of them that we will hopefully be able to finalize DJ’s adoption early on in the new year.

I am so thankful to DJ’s former foster parents who have done an amazing job loving & providing support for a little boy who was coming from a hard place. DJ’s relatively easy transition into our home is due, in no small part, to their kindness, patience, & generosity over the years. It sounds cliche, but words cannot express how grateful I am for the care that you took of our little boy while he was “waiting”  for his forever family.

I am so grateful to DJ’s birth mother, who despite making some bad choices in her own life, made it clear to DJ that he was loved and that none of her mistakes were his fault.

Last but certainly not least, I am so grateful to my dear husband and DJ himself. It has been a wild ride so far, but your courage and love make it all worthwhile. Although I’ve sometimes approached Thanksgiving with  a fair amount of trepidation in the past, I couldn’t be more excited for our first Thanksgiving as a family.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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