For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't know exactly how I feel about this particular holiday. It will be the first Thanksgiving since we have been married that I am not working. Usually I work on the holiday and Fred and Kiana will go to his mothers. Then we head out the next morning for my parents house in Maynard, Massachusetts to have a friday Thanksgiving. It is a great time to have family and friends together enjoying each others company- if only there was no cleaning involved!
This year we have been invited to join Lenea's family for Thanksgiving on Long Island in New york. Lenea has a twin sister and an older brother. Her parents and other family members will be there as well. It is Kiana's first trip into the city, and mine to the Island! So I will think of this holiday as a chance to gather with friends and meet new people, not of the history of the decimation of the American Indian people. My aunt Ellen has been a teacher for many years and teaches a course on American Indian history. I will have to ask what her take is on thanksgiving.
We are making our first big payment to the adoption agency Wide Horizons!!!! It's really the beginning, and I am absolutely ready. $1,700.00 for the initial home study fee. We had already paid the application fee of $200.00 when we first submitted our application. We have our meeting with Susan, the social worker. Then we are required to take a class which we need to travel to West Hartford for. After that Susan is scheduled to visit our home and then finish the paperwork. At that time we need to pay the second half of the home study fee. I do not think its going to feel real until we have the approved embassy papers. Then I think I will feel that we are truly moving forward.
I am thrilled to report that I have conquered the image loading program for Vista printing. I have been creating a fund raising brochure and was almost finished, when the photos part threw me for a loop. I am back on track now and will be ordering them shortley. I sooooo hope they are a hit! I was so frustrated, I cant even tell you, lol.
I am hoping above all hopes that we can welcome our son into our home for next years holiday celebrations. Fall is so beautiful in the Berkshires, it is a very special and magical time, the colors and crisp, fresh air.
Here's some favorite quotes I have read since I last posted.
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are ... Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. "-Mary Jean Iron
"...Many years later, I had a chance to ask him. I said, 'Come on, you were a great man, you invited your jailers to your inauguration, you put your pressures on the government. But tell me the truth. Weren't you really angry all over again?' And he said, 'Yes, I was angry. And I was a little afraid. After all I've not been free in so long. But,' he said, 'when I felt that anger well up inside of me I realised that if I hated them after I got outside that gate then they would still have me.' And he smiled and said, 'I wanted to be free so I let it go.' It was an astonishing moment in my life. It changed me. "
--Bill Clinton (on Nelson Mandela)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --Mark Twain
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." -Albert Schweitzer
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,can transform the world.”
Time to give thanks...