Red Thread

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break." ~ Ancient Chinese Beli

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gobble Gobble

This morning I started my day with a peaceful moment (which is rare) so I could easily make time to reflect and give thanks to all that I am so grateful for in my life.  Living away from family and good friends is difficult but on special holidays like today - Thanksgiving - it is that much more so.  Having said that, even though we are not together to share in the day we are in each others lives and have wonderful memories to reflect back on as well as joyful times ahead to look forward to.  For that, I am thankful.

I am also incredibly thankful to have my family of four being in a very good place.  Yes we still have many a challenge that we are faced with regularly, and that still lie ahead but in many ways that is just life, right?  A year ago we were a family of four for just a month on Thanksgiving day and to be honest I do not even remember the day.  Of course I was thankful but I was also severely sleep deprived (and still am but used to it!) and we were still in the "getting to know you" stage with sweet Lexi.  A year later we have all come so far, and for that I am thankful.

A year ago Lexi did not know how to play with toys, today she glows as she plays.
I, well "we" with assistance from our helper Charity, am attempting a Thanksgiving meal for my loved ones.  I opted for a roasted stuffed chicken versus the traditional turkey because I could not find a turkey small enough to fit in our fridge and that would suit our small meat eating family.  Plus I figure I am the only true blooded American in our family anyway and I dont even eat turkey!!!  Ella had turkey yesterday at school and they will never tell the difference anyway, right? Only a few hours will tell. 

Little did I know that our friend "Charlie" still had his feet and head on when I bought him/her!  All the appendages were neatly tucked in so it was a "clean" chicken in disguise otherwise I would have kept looking.  So.... I really am thankful for Charity's help today because I would not have been able to decapitate and de-feet him on my own!

"Charlie" with head, feet and all!
I had a fun day yesterday at Ella's school helping out in the classroom with a Thanksgiving activity.  Surprisingly the majority of Elle's classmates have not celebrated Thanksgiving so it was an interesting afternoon of learning.  Sadly, Ella falls into that camp as well -  the night before I asked her about the history of Thanksgiving and she proceeded to tell me "well it all started in the country of Turkey...."  ~ I will end it there. :)  Suffice to say that I am a bit ashamed to have dropped the cultural ball in her upbringing.  You can be sure that Lexi will be wearing a pilgrim hat at our table tonight!  Having said that, I am thankful for the flexibility in my schedule now so I can go into Elle's classroom and help out - and I am also very thankful for the cultural diversity that exists within our family - never a dull moment!
Ella and Classmate showing off their "What I am thankful for Turkey"
It feels so different this year as we are in a much better place as a family as compared to last year.  We were extremely thankful last year but feel a bit more connected this year. Ella has the day off today as she is at an American international school for the first time so the day is recognized despite it obviously not being a holiday celebrated through out Singapore - or Hong Kong - or Switzerland for that matter. Having Ella at home today has helped me a lot from an emotional perspective because in years gone by it was just a very normal day as she marched off to school and Patrick to work. Patrick also took the day off today so he and Ella are at the cinema watching Happy Feet 2 this afternoon.  I just hope they dont eat too much popcorn bc they will come to a feast.

Lexi went to pre-school this afternoon which is also a blessing because it would have been next to impossible to make all the preparations in the kitchen without her being overwhelmed at the site and smell of all the food.  Yes, she still has challenges with food but we are making progress - having said that, I will take a guess and say that Thanksgiving may likely become Lexi's favorite holiday!

So when I add up all of my blessings, what strikes me most about today is that Thanksgiving should really be a focus every day.  If we were smart, we would enjoy all that we've got and realize that it's a lot - not only today but all year long! 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Our two blessings


Monday, November 21, 2011

What A Difference A Year Makes

I came across a great idea from some blogs that I follow of other adoptive families who have recently celebrated "Forever Family Day".  Going forward, on our anniversary of becoming a family of four I will take a photo of Lexi holding her referral picture.

As you can see, Lexi has grown a lot in the year that she has been with us.  She was quite frail and lacking muscle tone when we first met but she is a strong healthy little girl today - who by the way is now a non stop chatter box who was only able to communicate via grunts, squeals, screams and tantrums 12 months ago.

What a difference a year makes!
We love you baby girl!!!! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rawa Island, Malaysia

A lovely 4 day get away to Rawa Island with DeBruin Family who was visiting us from Hong Kong - too busy relaxing to take many photos but here are a few.
We will be back!


Ella and Ava


Our Beachfront Bungalow

Lexi & Sophia