Thanksgiving was truly something to be thankful for– we are blessed with much wonderful family. Wednesday evening lots of my brothers and sisters got together at my mom and dad’s house for food and fellowship. Then on Thursday my sister in law put on a lovely spread for both sides of her family, which numbers 30+ people. Much visiting and yummy food was had by all, and the afternoon was finished off with an epic Nerf war, in which even little Ascher (18 months) participated happily. (People were amazingly successful at avoiding him as he toddled around the room.)
Shopping this weekend wasn’t terribly successful. One of my daughters and I did venture to Target on Thanksgiving evening in hopes of getting ONE particular thing. But it was a total zoo and we were mostly unsuccessful. As you might imagine, many, many more people are up for shopping in the evening than early AM, which means the best deals were gone within minutes of the door opening. I definitely won’t be shopping on Thanksgiving in the future. I did have a bit of luck online, and the kids have been tortured lately by the arrival of many mysterious packages.
I spent a lot of time over the weekend finishing my book. When I hit ‘send’ there was much rejoicing. We were all getting sick of it, thanks to the amount of time I’ve been putting into it lately. I will send it on for edits and trust God to guide that final stage of telling our adoption story, just as He has guided us along in the whole process. The title is ‘Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting’ and it is scheduled to be released next November.
A fun tidbit about Friday– as I walked into my favorite coffee shop to work on Friday, there was my sister in law, visiting from Seattle, who I hadn’t gotten to visit with yet this weekend. So we had a nice visit in an unexpected place.
John and the kids decorated the house for Christmas on Friday while I worked, so we are all enjoying the twinkle lights, complete with angels and sparkly glass balls on the dining table. I am planning on sewing a new table runner today with some remnants I bought awhile back. (Because the book is done and I CAN– hooray!) Maybe something like this or this.
With the book done, I’m feeling a wonderful sense of freedom. We have school for two more weeks, but Christmas is coming soon! And I have many lovely things to do.