Plenty To be Thankful For

Despite not posting about it sooner, we had a terrific Thanksgiving last week!   Although we sorely missed having Whit at the table with us this year (Get well soon, Whit!) it was still really special not only because it was Liam’s first Thanksgiving, but also because we were honored to share the holiday with Clemens, Sophie, & Siena, a.k.a. Liam’s boo.

Here you see Liam eying the spread, eager to dig in.   Oh, he liked the turkey alright, but he loved the cranberry sauce!   And our guests of honor, slightly dazed by the Tryptophan, posed for a terrific family photo:

Liam at Thanksgiving dinner Clemens, Sophie, & Siena Pangan


Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving — a day for giving thanks — sounds so simple but sometimes we get so preoccupied that we let the opportunity for showing our appreciation for what we have pass us by.   Well, not this time.   No sir, not when we have even more blessings to be grateful for now than ever before.   Just this week has brought about not one, but two blessings…

Heading For Moscow

First & foremost, I’m thankful – overjoyed beyond words really – that we’re finally set to make our first of two trips to Moscow to meet our child-to-be. We received word on Monday that we’re to fly out on Dec. 1st.   Dede’s already covered this over on our Russian Adoption Journal, but news this big is worth repeating!

I’m thankful that our new adoption agency, Catholic Social Services of North Carolina, came along at just the right time.   Certainly, it’s a testament to their willingness & dedication that we accomplished more with them in just 2 months than we had with our old agency in 2 years.

And of course, I’m thankful for Dede’s incredible diligence & meticulous handling of the mountains of paperwork.   We would never have made such strides without her tireless handling of the dizzying details involved in this process.   If U.T. ever builds a Masters-level course on form-filling & FedEx shipping, she could teach the classes!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention how thankful Dede & I both are for the endless encouragement & support from you, our multitude of friends, coworkers, & fellow, during this whole adoption saga.   The idea that people – some who barely even know us – are keeping us in their daily prayers is overwhelming and humbling.

A New Job

The second big-ticket item on my "Things To Be Thankful For" list:   I got a new job!
I start my new journey at MCH as a Clinical Systems Analyst on Dec. 10th – our first day back from Russia.   On the outside, this might seem like a minor interdepartmental shift but it’s actually a tremendous opportunity.   And it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

So, what’s on your list of things to be thankful for?   Post a comment & share the wealth!