Happy Thanksgiving! I know that was yesterday, but we still have so much to be thankful for!
Every other Thanksgiving we travel to the city of choosing for my dad's side family reunion. Oh how things have changed!! Two years ago when we made the trip we were picking up our kids, whom we had only seen 2 times before that, and headed to the hotel where they would meet part of their new forever family. Talk about overwhelming. As we made the drive this time I was extra thankful that we didn't have to pick up our kids from their foster homes, that we were enjoying a nice quiet (mostly) ride down the highway, and that my kids were genuinely excited to see their family members. I AM thankful for foster homes. Good ones are always needed and to those who nurtured my kids out of a very dark place on their life we will always be grateful. I am thankful for family and how it seems like my kids have always been a part of our family.
Miss E has had a lot of boy attention lately (goodness I don't know if I'm ready for that but she is handling it well with all our mommy daughter talks), but my cousins little boys just love my kids, and vice versa. But her boys are 4 and 5 and they just LOVE Elva. They don't quite get that she is a friend who is a girl and not their girlfriend, but needless to say she has been the subject of many disagreements among them ;)
So the reunion this year was in the same hotel as last time. We had a lot of fun and... Well not so fun but glad to remember them bc we are in a better place - memories to reminisce on. Such as, the first time they met my cousins and how they latched on to them; how much fun it was to fix Elva's hair for the first time ever and trying not to cry as I realized this little girl would be mine, the funny noted the kids wrote to use during the luncheon, how much Waylon wanted to be around my grandma, the not so fun time Robert had of lifting the hotel bed onto his shoulders to pull out Waylon, how I was so nervous to be with my kids that I could barely eat, and all the nervous but fun moments of seeing them smile, dealing with behaviors, but through it all realizing we are a family now.
On our trip we had the chance to stop in and say hi to Waylon's old foster dad. They couldn't believe how respectful he was and how much he has trimmed up! I can't help but smile at getting to remember where we have come from, but we definitely don't want to get caught up in the past bc it is the past. Elva continues to ask me questions about how she was as a baby... I'm getting quicker at just making up what I want to imagine of her as a baby as if she was with us. I like those moments.
There are still so many kids who need families. Pray for those kids. Pray for foster homes. Pray for adoptive homes. Will we add more kids to our family- only God can tell. For now, be thankful.
1 Thesselonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.