I often find myself wondering how I landed such an awesome job fresh out of school. I think alot if it has to do with the fact that I always want Deanna to be proud of me. I worked my butt off in school, in my extracurriculars, and in every single aspect of my life after the adoption. I really did. Because when Deanna gets older, I hope she looks back at all of the things I did with my life, and I hope she sees that I truly made something of myself. She's my motivation.
Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving and Chicago...
Caitlin has been my best friend since 1st grade. We used to take our "first-day-of-school" pictures right here in front of my fireplace. She thinks little babe looks just like me as a child. Fun fact: Caitlin and I both had mono at about the same time...but we never came in contact with each other! We're so much alike.
This is my dad and I on Thanksgiving. My dad is the 7th of 10 children. For coming from such a large family, he's surprisingly even-keeled and extremely easygoing. And he can fix anything. When I found out I was pregnant, my dad gave me a big hug and told me I was really taking the hard way. But he stayed calm, in even the most intense and difficult situation, and I'm so thankful for that.
I'm so thankful for my grandparents. This is my grandma and I on Thanksgiving. She's stayed youthful and spry, despite double knee replacement last year. And she absolutely loves playing Wii Fit! Last year, she made Deanna a pillowcase with her name on it and Deanna loves it. Deanna calls my grandma and pappap to talk every once in a while, and I'm thankful that they are able to maintain a relationship with their favorite (okay, and only) great-grandchild.
My family likes to hold an extreme talent show and play charades after Thanksgiving dinner...What, your family doesn't do that too???
I'm hoping to make a trip to South Carolina soon to see Don, De, and Deanna before Christmas. I'll keep you all updated.
"Save the neck for me, Clark!"
-Cousin Eddie, Christmas Vacation
Signing off, I'm Amstel Light. That's all folks!