Monday, November 29, 2010


I have so much to be thankful for on this first Thanksgiving with Masha and Autumn. When I sit and think about it, it is overwhelming. Last Thanksgiving, adoption was nothing more than a “someday” dream for us.

Thank you to all who prayed for us. Thank you to the 47 people who donated a total of $10,281, and to the 48th donor who matched that total. Thank you to those who donated gifts, and those who blogged about us to get our story out. Thank you to Reece’s Rainbow and our stateside facilitators, our notaries, doctors, social worker, county and state officials, and to our in-country facilitator and amazing translator. Thank you God for tying it all together to bring us two beautiful daughters.

On Thanksgiving morning, Masha and the Gecko pulled the winning ticket from the vase that held the 127 entries for “Melissa at the Piano”.




Jackie Parambil is the lucky winner. I have already confessed to coveting this work of art, and so I created my own version... “Masha at the Piano”. (Notice we have another Giants’ fan in the making :-)


Here are a few other things I am thankful for...

Jade loves his Princess Peach


Ring Around the Rosie Girls


The First Turkey Dinner


Pie, Pie, & More Pie


Especially Blueberry Pie



My Gorgeous Sons



Becca said...

Wonderful photos, wonderful post!! Your family is absolutely beautiful - so very much to be thankful for.

losipchuk said...

Just love it Sandra.... Looks like a wonderful family Thanksgiving!

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

Oh my goodness! ALL of your kids are just beautiful! I'm so so happy for Masha and Autumn to be HOME and in their forever family! You are a great Mum!

If you want to put the RR calendar and bubble on this blog they are here:

(well, there are still another 200+ kids to get home before I stop!)

Marianne said...

Oh, look how they've grown!! You have such a beautiful family!!

Looking Up said...

Thankful for people like you who have opened your hearts & homes to the beautiful kids featured on RR. God bless you & your family.

Lacey said...

I look at Arina and can't believe how wonderfully she is doing! Her personality is really coming out! I also can't believe I was ever in Ukraine, its so surreal! What an amazing experience!

RissaRoo said...

What a precious gift! Your family is beautiful and I am so thankful that you're all together now, ready for the holiday season! I bet it will be so much fun this year at your much energy, so much joy, so much love. The ring-around-the-rosie girls picture is precious, how fun to see the sisters playing together. God bless you guys, it's beautiful to see your family all together and thriving!

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