Oh, how a year makes a difference. Can I just throw back to our life only ONE year ago?! Last Thanksgiving we were coming off of my little hospital/brain-bleed scare. It would be just days later that I would find out surgery was needed. I can hardly believe that chapter of our life was just last year. It truly feels like an eternity ago! And, if you would have told me what this Thanksgiving was going to look like... I would NOT have believed you.
And, then there was the waiting... and waiting... and waiting for Joelle. We were just absolutely 100% positive that she would be for the holidays last year. And, she wasn't. Honestly, the holidays were such a blur. They were nice, and full of family, BUT they were missing something. A little piece of us was sitting across the earth in Congo waiting for a family to come get her. As we celebrated holiday after holiday, we also grew more and more desperate to bring her home.
But, boy we did not realize how much she would really complete our family. We had no clue that Joelle could bring so much joy, laughter, and sweetness to our lives.
Of course, we knew all along that God was in control and He really did have a perfect plan for our family. But, I don't think we can comprehend just how BIG and awesome He really is. And, in the midst of so much uncertainty last year, we had our doubts that things would turn out the way we had planned. But, that's why HE is God and we are NOT! He had a better plan than we could have ever dreamed of. He gave us the sweetest, most loving, funniest, craziest little girl that literally fits like a glove in our family. So, I'm here to say that trusting in Christ is totally worth it. He never seizes to amaze us and we are living proof that He is the ultimate healer and miracle worker.
OH, and you might be wondering how first Joelle's Thanksgiving went?! Well, she LOVED every single bit and bite of it :))
Gigi makes a pretty delicious Thanksgiving dinner! Joelle tried everything and ate all of that food!!!
She made a pretty little ornament with help from Granny...
The next day we headed to my grandparents for a little Thanksgiving fun at Meemaw and Grandpa's!
All in all, it was a PERFECT Thanksgiving. We are blessed beyond measure!!!