I am thankful for…

- my amazing, smart, wonderful, kind, beautiful wife. I am lucky beyond words to have her as my partner for the new adventure we’re about to embark on.

- our families, who have been so supportive and encouraging through the ups and downs and craziness of our adoption experience (and of our life experiences).

- our new “family”, who have been so fantastic and full of kindness, hospitality and grace, blowing away our highest expectations for what the adoption would look like. Eelfang will be so lucky to be surrounded by such a wealth of great people.

- coffee cups that look like penguins.

- our friends, who have humbled us with an outpouring of love and support during this process. It’s been an amazing experience so far to have everyone circle around us in a fellowship of care, and it’s already been one of the most wonderful times in my life (and the big day isn’t even here yet!)

- for a job that is low-stress, low-drama, and pays enough for us to buy everything we need and many things that we want.

- a top-3 finish in all three of my fantasy football leagues this year.

- soccer balls, books, guitars, finger paints, mixing bowls, chess boards, knitting needles, and all of the other things that Eelfang will get to explore and play with in the years to come.

- God’s love and guidance in our lives.

- the health of ourselves and of those who we love.

- warm socks.

And most important of all, I’m thankful for baby Eelfang, who we can’t wait to meet and shower with love.