Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gratitude - National Adoption Month/Black and White Wednesday

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.

 ~Meister Eckhart

blw portrait 3 FINAL FINAL flickr web WM-2

Somehow the words 'thank you' aren't enough.

10 years ago I sat in my OB/GYN's office as he told me in a very kind manner
that I wouldn't be able to have any more children.
In a way I already knew what he was going to say after several surgeries,
and infertility issues for years.
At the time we had a 15 year old son in high school.

I could have never dreamed that 10 years later, I'd be sitting here at the computer writing 
 a blog post about adoption.
And be a mother to an eight and almost five year old.
There are times I still can't believe they are ours.
It's an honor to be their mom.

Every single day I thank God for this opportunity.
Has it always been easy? Why of course not, nothing worth having comes easy.
Certainly life in general isn't at times.
But taking a risk with that leap of faith, with perseverance and patience to adopt
will bring you so much joy.
And you'll be giving the gift of a family to a child who has none.

As for our future, we hope to adopt again.
Right now it isn't right for us financially but we're hoping it will happen,
and we haven't aged out of the China SN program yet.
Somehow I believe there's another child out there for us.
For now, I count my blessings.
I am one extremely lucky momma to 3 incredible children.

the long road

Please check out more black and white's at Lisa's blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!

25 kind words:

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Amazing post. And at the end of the day all we can say is thank you, even though we know those 2 words don't suffice for the blessings we've been given.


Jboo said...

Great post -- what blessings we both have in our lives. Have a Happy Thanksgiving -- so much to be thankful for this year and every year.


Sharon Ankerich said...

A VERY beautiful photo and post! God bless you and your precious family!!!

Love Letters To China said...

Gail you look simply gorgeous in this photo with your two beautiful children. I've so enjoyed reading your posts this month. Even though I believe we are finished adding to our family, there is always a small glimmer of light that shines in hope that it might one day happen again. Funny thing, my daughter mentioned to me the other day that she wanted another little brother or sister. I told her I didn't think that was going to happen.... then again.... you never know.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!



Number 6 and no more counting! said...

and, they are three lucky kids!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Much love,


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

and, they are three lucky kids!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Much love,


Barbara said...

Beautiful image - lovely post.

Life with Kaishon said...

This post made my heart warm. I am SO very thankful that God gave you these blessings. I will pray that it will happen again for you soon! Sending you lots of love for your Thanksgiving!

Ellie said...


You made me cry!

I love love love love love that photo! You are all so beautiful!

I didn't realize you hope to adopt again! I know God gives us the desires of our hearts (as in PUTS those desires in our hearts!) I'm excited to watch as He does every miracle to make that happen!!!

xo ellie

Debbie said...

Lovely post Gail, and such a beautiful photo of all of you. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving! I will be celebrating the day with our NICU families :)

Kayce said...

Big tears! That picture speaks for itself...blessed! I love each and every word you typed and know that someday God will bring another child into your lives. Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Enjoy the day tomorrow and all the blessings that surround you!

Marla said...

Absolutely beautiful Gail! The picture and the post...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kelly And Allison said...

What a loving post. You have a beautiful family. Have a great Thanksgiving!

justine said...

what a lovely post and a superb portrait.

Colleen said...

Gail you look absolutely beautiful! Your eyes say it all! Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day spent with your blessings!!

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

What a beautiful post from start to finish! Love the photo and words!

Thanks for sharing!

We sure do have much to be thankful for!

God bless,

Missy said...

Beautiful post, Gail! I love the picture of you and your babies. We certainly are blessed this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

What a beautiful picture of you three....you are simply beautiful too as we never get see you ;)
This is such a great post...exactly what I say...life is never easy but just as well enjoy it! Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa said...


This is beautiful!!!

Erika B said...

Very personal and touching post. Beautiful portrait! I feel so lucky that we have our girls. What would I be without them.

Erika B

Ivy said...

Oh Gail, you're love letters to your children always make me cry, good tears of course!
What a most beautiful post and tribute to your children and I'm sure when the time comes, there will be a child waiting and yearning for your love:))

You look stunning!

Happy Thanksgiving.


ashley said...

Gail, that is such a beautiful picture of you and your precious children. Your words are so touching. Have a wonderful thanksgiving. This is indeed a special time....we are thankful for so very much! Your path will be made clear....

Mackenzie said...

Amazing post. Beautiful. Happy thanksgiving!

Wanda said...

Gail (I'm late getting around - hit some serious computer issues here. ugh.)

What a great post - I'm sure very inspiring to some who may be on the fence still. (What a feeling to know you are instrumental in bringing more kiddos to their families - that alone is priceless!!)

So, how the heck did you take this shot? Did Dan do the honors? I love it. Especially the look of serenity on your face. It's fits the text perfectly!

Have a great holiday week-end!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I don't know which is more beautiful, your words or the photo!! OUTSTANDING all the way around! I have loved all of your adoption related posts this month:)

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday~



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