November 15, 2011

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Write Thank-You Letters

Write and send thank-you cards and notes to those who helped finalize your adoption or those who help others throughout the adoption process--adoption lawyers, judges, social workers, or adoption agencies.

Thank you!

In November, I focus on "giving thanks" all month long. I am most grateful for my amazing children and especially to all the folks that had a hand in bringing us together. Here are some of the ways we’ve shared our gratitude.

Often, I simply write a heartfelt letter and send along a photo or two. When I write the letters, I think specifically of that person and how they impacted our journey, and then write the card from that “heart space.” When our three youngest were adopted last year, I had photo thank-you cards made with a picture of each child. It was the first time I ever got thank-yous for a thank you!

This year, we are doing a "Smilebox," a collection of photos with phrases, like a photo album. There are lots of programs on-line that can make something similar. The Smilebox lets us pick music to match our theme and has many many choices of backgrounds. We can add any number of photos to the album.

It is the one year anniversary of the adoption of our three youngest; they were adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day! We are sending a "look how big we've grown" album to the folks that helped us get here. We are using the theme, "Sunshiny Day” and our album cover is a picture of the family from last year’s Adoption Day. We’ve included pictures from our first family Christmas, each child’s birthday and some cute shots of them just having fun.

This year's recipient list includes: The judge, our agency and CPS caseworkers, the CASA worker, the kids' former foster moms, the kids attorney, our attorney, the mediator who helped move our case along and our parents who were there to share the big day with us. When I think of how each person crossed our path, especially the CASA worker and our CPS caseworker who had been with the kids throughout their life before us, I am truly grateful. I hope our Smilebox conveys even a tiny portion of our gratitude.

Dreena T

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