Thursday, November 17, 2011

Late Halloween and Early Thanksgiving

I know this is a little late, but the kids were so cute on Halloween, I thought I would post it anyway. Jeff's mom came to visit and it was her first time meeting Kaleb and Emnet which made it even more exciting. My kids dress up all the time, so Halloween is just an extra special time to dress up for them which earned them a crazy amount of candy. Our town does a "Safe Trick or Treat" downtown which is a lot of fun. All of the merchants hand out candy and you get to see everybody in their costumes. Afterwards, we went to a few houses on our street because we have some really wonderful neighbors. There aren't many kids in our neighborhood so they were waiting for us. Kaleb and Emnet thought it was really crazy that they could go up to someone, say "trick or treat" and get candy and I must agree. We give candy sparingly in this household so we might have enough to last until the 4th of July!

Emnet Ladybug, Addie Butterfly Fairy Princess, Kaleb Spiderman and Toby Soldier

Today we had a Thanksgiving Feast at Toby and Addie's school. We are so thankful that our tiny town has a wonderful Christian school. The kids were so excited about the feast. The preschoolers dress as turkeys, the kindergarten class as pilgrims and the first graders are native americans. Unfortunately, Kaleb had school today so he wasn't able to join us, but Toby made sure we brought him home a special treat.

My Indian with his turkeys

Jeff was able to come which was really fun

The kids made placemats for the feast and Toby's is a keeper. He wrote what he was thankful for and the first two things he wrote were "my brother, Kaleb and adoption."

I can't tell you how thankful I am for this because Toby had the most difficult transition when Kaleb and Emnet came home. God has worked to soften his heart because just a few months ago Toby would not have written this. His whole world had been turned upside down and he was angry and confused. We had many late night conversations with Toby and we prayed a lot. We also had him see a counselor a few times which was very helpful. I was talking to her just the other day and she has been so encouraged by how far Toby has come. Thank you Heather! I am so proud of Toby and how brave he has been and the leadership he has shown. I have so much to be thankful for. Now to survive a drive with 4 kids to Colorado......

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