Sunday, April 15, 2007
Grains of Gratitude

It's time to reflect on the good things of this past week in another "Grains Of Gratitude" post. Grains of Gratitude was started by Christine at Brady's Bunch.

1. Our sweet neighbor, Hetty died earlier this morning, at 3:30 a.m. We got the call from her husband, Jack, at 6:30 a.m. I'm thankful that we were given the opportunity to know this wonderful woman. Over the past 2 years, she became like a grandmother to me and Oronzo and a great-grandmother to Snuggle Bug. We will miss her fiesty nature and her kindness. Prayers for Jack and their 2 children and grandchildren would be much appreciated. They will miss Hetty most dearly, as will we!

2. I'm thankful that so many bloggers are offering up prayers for Kelli and Heather. Both need prayers now more than ever! The power of prayer can work miracles, so please go to their blogs and offer them enouragement and prayers.

3. I'm thankful that we finished our huge stack of adoption paperwork last night! I'm sure more will be required to be filled out, but for now we're caught up. We'll turn it in on Monday to the state agency we're working with. Oronzo's responses for his foster/adoptive father profile were quite brief, but I don't care. He did them, that's what matters. If they need clarification from him, they can ask him. Later this coming week, I'll post some more of the questions we had to answer, since many of you expressed an interest in seeing those.

4. I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet Jessica, the midwife, this past Friday. She loved the photo scrapbook that I put together and said she'll be sharing it with her other midwife associates and will try to spread the word with doctors here in town. Perhaps we'll get our next match through Jessica. It could happen!

5. I'm thankful for the Family Day that's being hosted by the military base that I work on! It hasn't happened yet, so I'll come back and post details later today, but I'm really excited. It's going to be a lot of fun for Snuggle Bug and one of his toddler friends that we've invited to join us. Stop back and take a look at the pictures that I'll post!

Happy Sunday to you all!

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6:03 AM

At 7:46 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of sweet Hetty. My prayers are going up for her family and for all of you.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

My prayers for Hetty's family and friends. You have been such a blessing to her husband and her, I can just tell.

Continuing with prayers for your new family member--that hasn't been met yet.

Many prayers here for Kelli and Heather.

I am always grateful to read your list on Sundays.


At 8:37 AM, Blogger crissybug said...

I am sure Hetty is in a better place now. My prayers now will turn to her family.

I can't wait to see the developments of your new adoption!

At 11:39 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss :(

Sounds like a good week ... sending positive baby vibes your way :)

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Im sorry to hear of your loss, her family and yours are in my prayers tonight. Congrats on finishing your paperwork, im sure that is a huge relief to have it all done.
I look forward to hearing how your family day went..I hope its a lot of fun.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Rosemary Bogdan said...

So sorry to hear of Hettie's passing. I am praying for the repose of her soul and the comfort of her family. Prayers for Kelli and Heather too.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

So sorry to hear of Hetty's passing today. Praying for her family and friends.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger mum2brady said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Hetty's passing :( I can tell how much she meant to you and how much she will be missed.....

Whoo hooo on your adoption paperwork - can't wait til snuggle bug gets a little brother or sister :) How fun!!!

We will keep Kelli and Heather in our thoughts and prayers.

Thanks for joining in and for the link :)


At 9:18 AM, Blogger Jen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Neighbors become more.....they become friends....and family.
Dont cry because its because it happened....a neighbor told me this when we sold our home....words of wisdom.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I am praying for Hetty's family and praying that a match does come up for you through Jessica. That would be awesome!


At 2:47 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Hettie's passing; at least she was able to spend the rest of her days at home where she wanted to be. My prayers are with her family.

How wonderful that you finished all that paperwork! It just overwhelms me to think of all that is involved and all the information you're requird to give!

At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to here about your neighbor. I will be in prayer for that family. Congrats on finishing that paperwork. Whew!


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