Today is a very special day. Not only just because it happens to be Thanksgiving Day, but we are celebrating it as a family.
Family. What a wonderful word!
My name is Denise Proctor. I live in Morgantown, West Virginia, with my husband of three years, Adam, and our two children, Mikah Grace (2) and Adam, Jr. (A.J.), who just turned one year old yesterday. I am a stay at home mom; as for Adam, he is looking for work. He just got out of the service (Marines) six months ago after being injured while in service. He is still recovering, but happily, he is doing much better.
Our children are adopted. We adopted them earlier this year (May); first came Mikah Grace (from China); as for A.J., he came just last week. He was adopted from Poland and he is the sweetest little thing! I have already fallen in love with him in the short period we have had him and so has Adam.
Today will be the day where my family will meet the children for the first time. I am sure lots of tears will be shed and I am sure that the children will be the center of attention. Not just the turkey will be on the menu: so will lots of extra hugs, kisses, and big-time spoiling of the children!
The family will also be seeing Adam and he will be King of the Ball. Some of them haven't seen him since he left for Iraq. While they may be shocked at how thin and pale he has gotten (and the fact that he is missing a leg and is currently hobbling around on crutches clamped to his arms), they will probably be rejoicing in the fact that he wasn't more seriously injured and that he made it out alive. It won't be easy, but we both (Adam and myself) have the faith and trust in our Lord and Saviour. If it were not for Him, I don't know WHAT we would have done!
Anyway, the turkey is currently in the oven: it has been for the past several hours; it should be out between twelve and one this afternoon. It is already starting to smell yummy; already our tummies are growling! LOL Also the stuffing, cornbread, pumpkin pie, and potatoes are cooking merrily; our kitchen is full of warm, inviting smells and the children are getting excited, as they know something big is up. I just hope that they will be able to handle the company that will soon be descending upon our homestead.
In addition to the Thanksgiving Day festivities, we are having a surprise birthday party for A.J. in celebration of his first birthday, and we will also be celebrating Mikah's arrival into the family (as well as A.J.'s); so it will be a triple/quadruple celebration. We are expecting anywhere from twenty to sixty poeple ... and possibly more than that.
I just wonder where we are going to put everybody ... our house isn't nearly big enough to fit THAT many people ... maybe twenty, yes, but SIXTY PLUS??
PLUS we are celebrating Adam's homecoming from the war in Iraw (Operation Enduring Freedom). So there will be lots of partying going on!!
Well, the doorbell just rang. The first of our guests are at the front door. It is none other than Mother and Daddy!! It is so good to see them!! I will go now; I will let you know how things went! Pray everything goes without a hitch; I am suddenly very nervous ... I just hope they can handle seeing Adam being the way he is and getting to know their brand new grandchildren! This is going to be a very exicting time!! Take care and God bless; thanks for listening to my story!
~Denise Proctor. :)
~To be continued.~