I seriously thought about getting on the "Thankful" bandwagon for the month of November, but honestly I don't think I could remember to do something every day. I mean I FEEL thankful every single day, but I probably wouldn't remember to write it down.

So here is something I am thankful for. I am thankful for being useful, to other people and (I hope) to God. I live a pretty sheltered life, I stay home most of the time since I work here, I don't interact with too many people outside of my family on a regular basis.  But just in the last couple of days I have made an impact on a stranger's life and an old friend's life and it is just very cool that God can still use me in these ways, right where I am.

A person that read my blog said that because of my blog and God working in her heart she and her husband had decided to be open to foster care (rather than just adoption only).  I think that is really awesome. Foster care is putting your heart on the line every day and it is a very tough job, and to be an encouragement for somebody to consider it is really a blessing to me.  And a blessing to the kiddos out there who will also be blessed!  And maybe their bio parents too, and who knows who's just a blessing train, for real.

Another friend of mine had been talking to me a few months ago about infertility, we both have PCOS and were just kind of talking things through. She lives in Texas and is somebody I hadn't talked with since high school, and we found each other on Facebook.  Recently she posted something about insurance not covering fertility treatments, and I let her know about some information I had read about - that up to 80% of women with PCOS are gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive, and some women who have gone gluten free have been able to get pregnant with that alone.  She decided to give it a try, and now it has been 5 days and she said that it is so strange for her to not be having stomach aches every day.  I guess it had been going on for so long she just thought that was normal, and even after only a few days she can tell if she eats gluten she gets sick about an hour later.  So even if it doesn't work out for them to get pregnant, the information I was able to share with her changed her life!  I mean that is pretty cool, right?

So anyway. Sometimes I feel like my impact is limited to a very small circle of people, most of whom share my last name (or will in a few weeks, anyway!).  I always wanted to do BIG things, and this has been a reminder for me that it is OK to do small things too.

Now to end this post on a completely unrelated and silly topic, I had a crazy dream last night. I dreamed that I went in to my midwife for my check up, and she couldn't find the heartbeat with the doppler. So she had me get an ultrasound and I was able to get one right away, which was good because I was kind of hysterical.  The tech was able to find the baby, and something she said about the baby made me think she was saying that I was pregnant with a CAT.  I was so upset, I just kept thinking that everyone was going to be so disappointed.  Then the tech clarified and said "No, she is curled up like a cat in there!"  I had forgotten to tell the tech not to tell me the sex. I was so excited, she showed me the screen and it was for sure a little girl.  Now the dream stats are 3 boy dreams, 2 girl dreams. Maybe I'll have one of each. ;)


  1. That is one strange dream! Glad you are using your experiences to help other people-God uses people like Billy Graham to reach many at one time, but most of His work, I think, is one person at a time. I'm really proud of you.

  2. So glad to have found your blog. My husband and I have three children all adopted out of the foster care system. I decided to comment here because I love that through sharing your journey, you have encouraged someone else to become a foster parent. I look forward to reading more of your story and congratulations on your baby and upcoming adoption. Blessings to you and your family. Danielle B.


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