We have some friends-who-are-family who live in San Antonio. We are all North Carolina natives and our lives sort of overlapped before either of us became Chaplain families.
Both last year and this year Audrey came up on Wednesday so we could wake up early and start the cooking festivities. Both of us love Thanksgiving, snow, cold weather, and traditions. Being military families, we have to be very flexible with our expectations regarding holiday traditions because we really don’t know where we’re going to live from year to year. Since we live close enough to spend Thanksgiving together we make it work and anticipate at least one more together, possibly two! We woke early to have some quiet time… I overslept so Audrey got more quiet time than I did… mostly because I started talking. (Sorry, Audrey!)
Thursday was a fantastic day and having an extra girl in the kitchen makes my cooking tasks so much fun. Audrey and I just worked our way down the game-plan I had created the night before (which was based on the previous year’s) and the day went off without a hitch. [The only mistake was that we forgot to set out the cranberry sauce until everyone had gone through the serving line.]
In attendance we had friends we’ve had for over 10 years as well as friends I had just met last week. I love our military Thanksgivings and how we just make it work. It’s not weird anymore to have different sets of faces around the table each year, and yet we do grieve those who have moved away.
This year was slightly different in that we went to another family’s house for dessert. When we arrived we were greeted with most amazing concoction of pies, cakes, and sweets.
The day after Thanksgiving our family always sets up our tree. Our house is now decked for the Christmas season and we are about to begin working on preparing our house for our Home Study visit… which is TODAY!!
In fact, Matt has already begun, so I must leave this post as-is.
Yesterday I included the following update on our YouCaring Website:
We are over half-way to our financial goal and each gift is a treasure, regardless of the amount.
Since our last update we received a call from a lady in Virginia who will make sure our Texas Home Study matches the Virginia Adoption Requirements. Her services, which include the Home Study review, an interview with the mama, reviews of our post-placement visits, and our training, cost over $1000. We were told to expect $300-500, so the fact that so many of you have given towards our costs is such a blessing. I was able to write a check and it will mail out today. God has provided. He gets the glory, and we pray our donors are blessed beyond measure.
Tomorrow is our visit with our Home Study agency. We have the list of things that need to be done, and we are grateful that we don’t have to have it all done by tomorrow. (Baby’s not here yet!) I have to admit that I’m a little nervous… part of the experience, I suppose.
YouCaring is having a Give Back Campaign so in the hopes that we could benefit from it, I may share a bit more often. 🙂
With much love from Texas