Before I had children I just didn’t get it.


I knew I would always want to be a parent but I had no idea exactly what that meant.


And then I found out I was infertile and my world changed.


I became a woman that I didn’t ever think I would be.


I was sad.


I was empty.


I was childless.


Thankfully I was married to a great man…..


But there were some dark days on our journey to parenthood.


And then there was Jake.


And now there is Brooke.


Eight years it took for us to get here.


I can hardly believe it’s true.


There were days where despite all my efforts I had doubts this process would ever end.


But now it has……


As we celebrate this Thanksgiving— our little family has so much to be thankful for.


We are finally all together.


I can barely say the words “Happy Thanksgiving” without tearing up.


And I know tomorrow when we say Thanksgiving Grace that I will cry quietly in my seat.


I just won’t be able to help it.


I am so grateful for these two children.


And now, I understand completely what parenthood is all about.


They are my world.


To my readers who are still struggling to build their families—I am still here with you. 


I will never leave.


I will never forget the road I have traveled—you can be sure of that—and I intend to do everything within my power to make this road better for the people behind me.


That’s a promise.


Happy Thanksgiving.


Love much,



4 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. lisa adams says:

    I know it will be a great day for you. Again, congratulations on your newest addition: The Girl. Can’t wait to watch her grow.

  2. Janice says:

    Seriously, I cried when I first read your blog entry.
    I know the feeling of having your daughter placed into your arms after years
    of struggling to become a MOM!
    My daughter is 18 months old and a pure joy. I cherish every moment with her. Now you have your family of four, enjoy EVERY thing…
    Please don’t give up on everyone else who reads your blog and needs the support.
    Adoption is the best toughest thing anyone can go through!! We all need to stick together and be there when the going gets tough…
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving and keep on doing what you do best…


  3. Adam says:

    Happy Thanksgiving indeed. Watch out world – here comes The Girl

  4. Sandy says:

    What a lovely post, and an inspiration for those of us that are anxiously awaiting to “get it”. I cried too (in warmth and happiness) for you when I read your post. I have just learned of your sites and will be reading all I can. Thank you for sharing and for all that you do.

    - Sandy

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