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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Much To Be Thankful For


Gioia's twelve month post-placement report is due to the China Center for Adoption Affairs very soon. We needed a picture to send of all three of us together, so we used our Thanksgiving event as an excuse to get dressed up and pose. My friend's young son took the photo. I think he did an excellent job.

We had a lovely dinner. The pecan pie was a big hit. I used this recipe out of necessity, as it was the only one I could find which did not call for processed corn syrup (which was MIA from Taipei supermarkets). But I liked the pie better than a Karo pecan pie, actually. This one just may become a holiday staple in our house.

Gioia was adorable in her brown velveteen dress and bloomers. Little girls. So much fun to dress.



November is over, which means that NaBloPoMo is finished and I no longer am trying to post everyday. Yet here I am, still posting on December 1. The exercise of posting daily was a challenge, but in truth, it wasn't as difficult as I feared. My hardest days actually came just this past week, when I had a billion things to do and my body shut down with illness. I am pleased that I made it through the month. Like anything, one becomes a better writer (blogger?) only through practice.

1 comment:

Miss Ashley said...

I can't believe that Gioia has been home for nearly a year. Sadly, that means that I have silently stalked your website for nearly that long. So it is long overdue that I say hello. I know you keep your blog for family, but I wanted to say thank you for opening up your world to us "other people" and letting us into your life. Chinese adoption is a near and dear topic to my heart and it brings much joy to see Gioia flourishing with her family. I lived in Beijing in 2005 while attending Beida and I am constantly fascinated by the details of your expat life and raising your daughter in Taiwan. I wish you luck and hope that the future brings you much joy.

-Ashley