The whole darn fam

The whole darn fam

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thankful............

This morning--this MONDAY morning I am going to start with what I am thankful for. Thankfulness for the simple stuff---I know all you moms out there can relate..........

1) thankful that Sam slept all night
2) thankful that for this very second there is no screaming or fighting in my house (well three are at school already so that helps)
3) thankful that only ONE of the six is currently sick
4)thankful that I have coffee
5)thankful to the person who created coffee
6)thankful that the pumpkin spice latte is at Starbucks right now--and I will be getting one after I drop off Hope and Charlie
7)thankful that my wash is done for the moment
8)thankful that I have a frozen lasagna ready to pop in the oven for dinner tonight
9)thankful that all my kids are wearing matching socks today
10)thankful that I have SO much to be thankful about!

What are you thankful about today???

Leave a comment and I will send $1.00 to the Starfish foundation for every comment of thankfulness.....just because I am.... ya know...thankful!

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Anonymous said...

I am thankful for a husband who is a wonderful father. I fall in love with over and over when I see him spend one on one time with each of our kids. Sue Hulme

Kristine said...

I am thankful for my family...

I am blessed to have three great kids and a terrific husband.

We recently realized we have less time left at home with our oldest child than we have already had! YIKES!~that makes one reevaluate the priorities! We've been focusing on family fun and have been having a great time enjoying the simple things!

Bev said...

I am thankful for GOD, my two kids, my family, friends, my health, my home!

Love your blog.

Bev
www.angelcomehome.blogspot.com

Dee said...

I am thankful I have a job, in this economy, and thankful my kids are healthy. I am thnkful my mother lives with us, so I don't really feel like a single parent.

Thanks for caring about the Starfish kids. I wish all of them could be adopted into loving homes.

Dee

Winie said...

Beautiful Family & great story. Good luck with the blog. So much to be thankful for today.

Anonymous said...

Thankful that we are going to get our very last piece of paperwork needed for our adoption any day now. Every minute I almost hear that FedEx guy coming down our driveway. Almost 7 months of paperwork, lots of delays but its coming! Laura Faith-Mom and Dad are trying hard to adopt you! I'm trying hard to be thankful in advance!!
Amy H

Maia said...

Thankful for two gorgeous, funny, happy kids. And thankful that our version of the H1N1 seems to have been a less than 24 hour fever. And that we live in this beautiful place on this beautiful earth.

Happy to see the new blog!

David, April, Joel, Hannah, Olivia, and soon to be Josiah said...

I am thankful that there are people out there like you that truly care about the orphans. I look forward to following your blog.

We are waiting to go get our son who is from the same province as the starfish home.

April

Mommy Deux said...

I am thankful we seem to have H1N1 now before we go to Disney in 2 weeks! Amy - you are still as upbeat and positive as you were when we were in grammer school!

Flamingo Mama said...

i am thankful for how blessed we are. we just are so blessed. i can't say that enough. and i am so thankful that he called us into this incredible journey called adoption.

i love this idea for a $1/comment. i might have to steal that sometime soon!!!

Donna said...

This morning I was thankful for patience. :) This weekend I was thankful for peppermint mocha Coffeemate! :)

Jill and Rick said...

I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life. Thankful for my 7 beautiful, healthy children. Thankful for a hubby that loves kiddos as much as I do. Thankful that my FIL is going to be able to celebrate another Thanksgiving this year, after his diagnosis of lung cancer with a poor prognosis last year. Thankful for my 2 beautiful granddaughters and for our 3rd grandchild that will make his or her appearance around May 3rd!

& Thankful for an online friend that is going to send $$ to help the orphans that still wait.

Thank you!

Jill G

Katie said...

I'm thankful for many things, but especially, today - for the sunshine that is streaming though my windows (despite the fact that it reminds me that I need to clean those windows).

krishaenschke said...

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my pets, and my co-workers! I am also thankful that you are taking on the important job of raising money for orphans! Thank you, Amy!

Karen said...

I am thankful for my family, friends, church, job, and all that God has blessed me with.

I love your blog. I will definitely be following along.

Hugs,
Karen R
Louisiana

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my family, that I have enough to eat every day, that I have a roof over my head, for our health, for knowledgeable researchers, doctors and nurses, for people who are truly compassionate, for those who take the time and make the effort to extend themselves beyond their comfort zone.

JB

Gavin's Family said...

I am thankful for the cooler weather and rain falling today. With the kids out of school today, we are playing card games in our P.J.'s and baking pumpkin bread.

Great idea to raise money, you are so sweet to do this.;)

www.getgavinhome.blogspot.com

Gwen said...

I am thankful for my family! Thank you for helping the Starfish kids-- we help sponsor one of the little guys there! :)

Sandi said...

I am thankful that I am married to my best friend! I am also thankful that we have 4 great kids and that we are all healthy. I am also thankful for people like Amanda who take care of precious children who need her!

Michelle said...

I am thankful for my family - I am so blessed to have my husband and my 2 beautiful children!

I also feel very blessed to have such great friends in my life. These friends have also become my family and I don't know what I would do without them!

I am also amazed by my dear friend, Amy, everyday. She is the most generous, warm-hearted person I have ever met. I want to be just like her when I grow up!!

Michelle G.

TheDideonGang said...

Ok for a great cause - I am thankful in this tough economy that God continues to provide for me and my family daily as we at times live by faith....
For a God who loves us unconditionally and allowed our daughters surgery 2 wks ago to be a success
Lavonne
www.thedideons.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for reminders from friends to stop and and think about all that I have to be thankful for!

Jeannine said...

Yes - coffee deserves two mentions on the list!! Love the new blog!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for good health, family, friends and a beautiful home to share with my wonderful husband!

Heather said...

I'm thankful that all of my kids are in another room, playing beautiful music together. Who knew a kazoo could sound so nice?

I'm thankful for days off of work (as in Thanksgiving Holiday). I'm also thankful for the very secluded cabin we'll be visiting then.

I'm thankful for grubby kids, naughty dogs, and a husband who loves me even though I find it hard to get out of my work out gear.

www.dragonsandelephants.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am thankful to have a friend in this world as giving and loving as Amy is! I am thankful for my health and my families good health!
To have a roof over my head, clothing on my back and beautiful and loving children!
Cynthia Russo

Maureen said...

I am thankful for my beautiful girl sleeping soundly right next to me and our sweet doggie curled up at her feet; our home; my job in banking that I am so very lucky to have in this shaky economy. Lots and lots to be thankful for 'round here...

Jo said...

I am thankful for my beautiful children, Faith & Zack - a true gift from God. I am thankful for wonderful friends and a great family. We are blessed.

It's a wonderful thing you are doing Amy. I am thankful for people like you.

Jo

Deb said...

I am thankful that God place Don in Primanti Brothers the night I met him.
I am thankful for the precious family that we have made and raised since then. We have been blessed many times over.
I am thankful that we are able to give back. We will sponsor a child from the orphanage.
I am also thankful for a sister-in -law with a kind heart.
Thanks Amy!
xoxo,
Deb

marianne said...

I am thankful for you and your generosity toward Starfish.. I love it!

Tara said...

I am thankful for hope. If I don't have hope... what is there?

Kimberly said...

I am thankful for my family and my health! <3

Amy said...

I am thankful for my faith and my big crazy family, days filled with blue skies and sunshine, when my husband starts the coffee before I wake up, and days when my laundry doesn't overwhelm me! Oh and that you started a family blog so I can watch your adorable kiddos.
Blessings,
Amy

AwesomeCloud and family said...

I'm thankful that my son has a worldful of opportunities ahead of him.

Stacy said...

I am thankful for friends who help me get through, family that makes me get through and the life I am trying to get through.

shelley said...

I am thankful for you that you are donating for Chinese children.

Anonymous said...

thankful for the opportunity to have all the family together for Thanksgiving in our home for a relaxing day filled with good food and crazy games :) Happy Thanksgiving all.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my lovely daughter, a joy to my life and thankful to her birth mother for bringing her into this world in this month of thanks, her birthday month.

Mar's Mom said...

I am thankful for my family and for the upcoming blessing of traveling to China to adopt our newest daughter soon. Traci

jan said...

thankful Jesus saved my soul in spite of myself.
thankful for a husband who adores (also in spite of myself :)
thankful for kids.
thankful for being able to stay home and school them.
thankful for health.
thankful for food.
thankful for a home, bed, electricity, clean water.
thankful for my church family.
thankful for my sisters.
thankful for blogs.
thankful for adoption.
thankful to count my many blessing.
thankful for generous people like you :)

Cindy said...

I am thankful for my wonderful husband, my three adorable little boys and the LOA that I received this morning that will finally bring me face to face with my daughter in China! I am so filled with thanks for my life filled with loving family and friends!

Amy, this is a fantastic idea!!!!! xo, Cindy

Sarah said...

I am thankful for my family. I am so blessed to have my two precious children and loving husband. I am thankful for them, every second of every day.

Nancy said...

I am thankful for my wonderful family - my husband Sam, my son Samuel (adopted from Wuxi in 2007) and daughter Rebekah (adopted from DeSheng in 2005). God has truly blessed me!

Kit J said...

I am thankful that I get to work for an adoption agency placing the beautiful, special needs children of China. I am thankful for my own5 bio children and my own special needs son adopted from Bulgaria. I am so thankful for all the families that open their hearts and homes to a child that for some is "less than perfect."

Little Miss said...

I am thankful for friends and family who help you through hard times.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for this beautiful world and beautiful people like you who make it a better place to be in!!!

Holly said...

I am thankful that you are willing to send $1 a comment to Amanda's amazing kiddos in China! :)
I am thankful for the other men and women serving in Iraq (and Afghanistan) with my husband, who will miss Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, many who will go without any holiday fanfare at all so that we can enjoy it here at home.
I am thankful for the freedom I have to worship God without fear of persecution. I am thankful for paydays and health insurance. I am thankful that I have many copies of the Bible. I am thankful that I have the freedom to educate my children at home. I am thankful that many times...THEY educate me more than I educate them :)I'm thankful for families who are breaking the stigma and adopting HIV+ orphans!
I am thankful that China let me make Josiah YaNan our son.
I am thankful that my husband wants to do it all over again if China will say yes :)
That's just getting started but don't wanna overwhelm you!!

Andrea B said...

I am thankful for you! You are so sweet to be willing to send money to Starfish to help out the beautiful babies there. Thanks for doing this!

-Andrea

Lori said...

i am thankful that we will get to go to Inner Mongolia VERY soon to get our daughter!!! I'm also thankful for four healthy children already in our home that bring us so much joy, a husband that works so hard, and is such a good husband and father.

My cup overflows!

Jill said...

I am thankful for God, my freedom, my family, and my two precios daughters!

How awesome of you to be doing what you are doing!

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for the person who's donated $1 for each thankful comment. May God bless you abunduntly! Thankful for our God who works in so many hearts to turn us toward adoption, His loving plan. Thankful for a God, the One and Only, who adopts us as His own, loves and accepts us unconditionally. Hallelujah!

Cindy said...

Thankful for my blessings, all eight! Thank you Amy for supporting the Star Fish cleft home.

TanyaLea said...

I am thankful for people like YOU and organizations like Throwing Starfish and so many more! I am thankful that while our daughter waits for us in China, that she is in a wonderful, wonderful place. God is good!! <><

Blessings,
~ Tanya
http://acornsandcherryblossoms.blogspot.com/

Shana said...

I am truly thankful for the blessing of hearing my children pray each night and being allowed a glimpse into their hearts and love for Christ.

I'm also thankful for homemade peanut butter cookies. yum.

Lindsay said...

I'm thankful for adoption, for my daughter, for my daughter-to-be, for healing from attachment disorder...

Thankful you are doing this for Starfish.

Kathy said...

I am thankful for all the people who give so much of themselves to make a difference in the lives of children in need all over the world, and I am oh so thankful to Jesus for everything He is and He does for each one of us!

Wuxi Mommy said...

I'm thankful that there will be one more stocking hanging on the staircase this Christmas:)

Leslie said...

I'm thankful to have both my daughters home this year.

Kristin said...

I am thankful for my little girl who lives in China and thankful that God watches over her everyday. I am thankful for my husband who wants to hold his little girl so bad. I am thankful for friends who pray for her everyday. I am thankful for family who already accept her as theirs. Thank you God for this gift!

Chris and Sarah said...

I am thankful that I have a dirty house, still have dishes laying around from last night and I have a very high pile of laundry.

I am thankful for this because before we had children I cried for 4 years wanting kids so bad and this messy house is proof that God has blessed us greatly!

Denise pettit said...

I AM THANKFUL for my FAMILY,That GOD ALLOWED me to Go to CHINA Twice to Adopt my little baby Girls,Who I LOVE more than anything,Im THANKFUL for People Like you Who give so much of themself to these Little Ones Who CANT!!! Help themselves & Im THANKFUL for being 47 & still being Healthy & strong enough to chase after my Little ones & have fun with them.Icryed & prayed for 8 years for My little Girls & God gave Them to me ,I am so THANKFUL

Tony and Rett said...

I'm thankful for people like you, who remind us to be thankful!

And I'm thankful for my family. God blessed us big time, and two years ago today we were united as a family!

THANK YOU!

Sabrina said...

I'm so thankful for a husband who loves God more than he loves me, and I'm thankful for the two biological children that God blessed me with, two sweet foster babies, and especially for the "baby" I'm adopting!!

Sharon said...

I am thankful for The Philip Hayden Foundation, www.chinaorphans.org. They take in special needs orphans in China, give them love, surgeries, and hope for a forever family. I sponsor a little 2 year old boy there now. The sponsorship program is incredible, you can really feel like you have a relationship with these sweet children. They now have over 100 orphans living at their children's village called Shepherd's Field. This is a great organization and God is doing many great things, for the least of the least, through them.

Coleman's A to Z said...

I am thankful for a warm cozy bed. These early cold fall days remind me of simple blessings.

Ally said...

I am thankful for a healthy family.

Kris said...

I am thankful for healthy kids, a husband who respects me, jobs in an uncertain economy, forever friends, freedom, and so much more.

Cathy Jerousek said...

I am thankful for the privilege of raising my 2 adopted children. 1 from the US and 1 from China born with a cleft lip and palate. I am thankful for my amazing husband and family. I am thankful for people everywhere who are so willing to help others through the adoption process. Bless you for doing this!!

Amy said...

Had to laugh over your thankful for coffee comments! Boy, am I ever thankful for coffee!!!! My kids think I am nuts when I raise my mug and say a prayer of thanksgiving...maybe I am! But that stuff keeps me going! :o)

Too many things to be thankful for in our lives...almost impossible to even realize what they all are, let alone name them...
our freedoms, our lifestyles, our material comforts, our health, those that help us in our daily life/work, our friends, our families, our children, good food, happy times, a sunny day, falling leaves, Halloween candy left-overs, Thanksgiving vacations, beautiful music, pretty pictures, cute clothes to put on my kids, fun blogs to read, people like Amanda caring for orphans, and on and on and on...
Thankful,
Amy

Small Stones said...

I am thankful for people like you who want to make a difference by helping orphaned and less fortunate children and families. THANK YOU!
My website is 16smallstones.com
My blogs are sixteensmallstones.blogspot.com
manygrandadventures.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Starfish is a great organization. Great that you are supporting them. :-)

MarthaO said...

I am thankful for families who are willing to take a leap of faith and hope and adopt children with special needs.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that you are running this campaign.

Anna said...

Thankful that He Is.

Karin said...

I am thankful that God called me to the miracle of adoption.

ronvic7 said...

I am thankful for the mountains that are moving so that we are able to have hope that we will be able to bring BOTH of our teen daughter's brothers home from China in 2010.

I'm very thankful we learned of them on her Adoption Day, it was meant to be.

I can't believe I can say this but I am thankful we will be adding these two boys as our 9th and 10th children to our big and fun family.

Also thankful for all of our children, especially our Cam and Kat, who started our journey of love in adoption:)

Vickie
Mom of many
http://wwwourchinagirl.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for knowing that God lives, for having a wonderful family, a job, living in a beautiful place, and for life.

The Princess's Mommy said...

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and my terrific kids: a US Army soldier; a high school senior; and a beautiful Chinese princess! God has truly blessed me beyond measure! I am also thankful for people like you who are willing to go above and beyond to help the Starfish babies. May God bless you!

Anonymous said...

For life, for family, for God.

Jenna said...

Thank YOU for doing this...I am thankful for this! I am a mom to two beautiful girls who happened to be born with clefts. One is home and the other is in China waiting for us. I may even steal this idea for my blog...wonderful idea!

Krissy-loo said...

I am thankful for a beautiful sunshiny day in the middle of a dreary November. I am thankful for the privilege of bearing my own beautiful healthy babies--and I commit to complain much less about the little annoyances of pregnancy!

melissa said...

I am thankful for my 3 wonderful boys and my husband who is a great father to them. I am thankful that my 6yo son, with all his medical problems is a happy, out going little boy.

Just Me said...

I am thankful that God allowed ME to become "mommy" to my 4 precious kiddos, and wife/best friend to my wonderful husband. I am thankful for the smiles, giggles, hugs, laughter, and even tears that we get to experience as parents.
Thanks to all who help out the Starfish babes!

Brooke said...

I am thankful for wonderful people like you who are choosing to use your resources to bless the lives of many others. I am thankful for a God that loves all of his children and has a plan for every single one of us!

Brooke Smith

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for so many things that I don't know where to start.
I'm thankful that I have my health, my 4 wonderful children, my husband, living in a free country, my church family, a home, a steady income, and friends. I am thankful for my youngest daughter's birth mother for giving her life, thankful for the government of China for entrusting me to her life. I'm thankful for her special needs and that they opened up a whole new world to me. Thankful for her sweet smile ,amazing personality, and ability to bring so much joy to so many people. I'm thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at Starfish foster home last summer and experience the wonderful kids and nannies who live there. It's quite amazing how fast you fall in love and see them for who they are. And I'm thankful to you for donating to help these amazing kids.
Sue

Sue said...

I am thankful to be alive, to have daily blessings too numerous to count, to have friends and family, and to know that there are wonderful people in the world who are making a difference for children.

Makinna said...

1) I am thankful for the opportunity I had to volunteer at the Chinese Starfish Foster Home.
2) I am thankful to currently work wqith special needs children for the school district.
3) I am thankful for my family and friends who always support me.
4) I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on my plate.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that lovely families like yours are willing and able to adopt the beautiful precious orphans of this world!
Teresa D.

Steph said...

I'm grateful for my 5 children, my husband, my life, my Savior. I'm thankful for the miracle of adoption in my life and for this wonderful time of year!

Steph
elizamei.blogspot.com

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

I am thankful for my beautiful babies. The ones born from me and the ones I had to travel to to meet. I am thankful for people all over the world who have a heart for orphans. I am thankful that God has adopted me as his own!

Veronika said...

I am thankful that there are people who are able to adopt children all over the world and give them to opportunity to be loved and cared for in a family, even if it seems that we'll never have that honor.

Jewels of My Heart said...

I am thankful for Amanda and for the Lord's provisions for the little ones at Starfish, and I am thankful for you doing this!

Jennifer McDonald said...

I am thankful to know so many people who have adopted children from so many backgrounds - thankful that there are loving, wonderful people out there who see beyond color, race, disability, etc, and just love for love's sake.

Jennifer

Lindsey said...

I am thankful for each day that I am given and that God forgives me even when I fail during that day.

Fowler family said...

We've had 2 boys with cleft lip and palate, and I am pregnant with our 3rd child. We found out 2 weeks ago that this baby is a girl and doesn't have a cleft. I am so grateful for this good news, and to know we won't have to go through numerous surgeries with this child as we have our other kids.

Having said that though, I am also very grateful for my boys and all they have taught me and how they have opened up a whole new world to me and helped me learn and grow in countless ways. I am so grateful they came to me the way they were born. You can't put a price tag on the growth they've given our family.

And THANK YOU for donating to such a wonderful cause! We love starfish!

Stephanie said...

I am thankful for the opportunity that I have had to personally be with these beautiful Starfish children. For the things that each of them taught me about life and being a better person. I LOVE YOU GUYS AND MISS YOU! I am also thankful for your $1 donation!

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for my amazing 10 year old daughter and thankful for the chance to be her mom! I'm thankful for people like you who help us all remember to take time daily to be thankful and who help those who wait in the orphanages!! I'm thankful for Starfish and all the other wonderful people who help those wonderful babies who wait in China! And I'm thankful that my daughter got her H1N1 shot this morning!
Maura in Boston
Mom to Zoe from Hunan

Waiting for sissy said...

I am thankful for God and all the amazing blessings He has given me in my life....born in America, wonderful mother, education, my husband, my health, my home, 2 precious children from China, and a never ending faith that He will bring all children home someday!

pixnlil said...

I am thankful for my reproductive endocrinologist and his staff for helping me conceive the child currently growing inside of me!

rextheterrible said...

I am thankful for my family: a good husband and father, 3 great kids and there great spouses and nine exciting and wiggly grandchildren, 2 from China. God is good all the time. Gayla Corley

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my beautiful, sweet and most importantly, healthy daughter, Gracie. Each day her smile and laugh bring joy to our home!

Kim said...

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and my two precious children from China.

Nancy said...

I am thankful for the treasure I have in my daughter ShaoXi. Her name means "doubly happy." It fits her PERFECTLY! On Thanksgiving Day we will celebrate our 12th anniversary of GOTCHA! Day.

Nancy in CT

Megan said...

Thankful for 2 little boys an amazing husband and a house full of pets. And thankful that there are kind people like you who reach out to help the orphans. God Bless.

Rachel said...

I am thankful for Amanda and all the nannies at Starfish foster home, they take such good care of all the babies. I am also very thankful I have had the chance to volunteer there twice!

Starla said...

I am thankful for my 7 kids...the last three from China. I am thankful that my dh loves us all...and praying that he decides we need one more little boy to round out the numbers. lol

I am also thankful for you today, and your generosity!

Jboo said...

Thankful for my sweet loving family!

Janet

Lisa L. said...

I am thankful for the courage the woman had to leave their children in hopes of a better life with an adoptive family.

I am thankful for my Guatemalan son and my Chinese son.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for a Savior who loves me! I am thankful for 2 great boys who make everyday something special. I am thankful we can still wait for our daughter from China...and hopeful 2010 is our year.

Kim Carey said...

I am Thankful that I got to live with Amanda who runs Starfish, and truly know just what a wonderful, caring person she is!

THE ANDERS FAMILY said...

I am thankful to God for my family and our health!

Janet said...

I am thankful that God put adoption in my husbands heart, then mine. It has changed our lives! I (almost) have 6 kids now instead of just the 2 biological ones.

lpiccoli said...

Amy, I am thankful for people like you who have big, big hearts!!!!!

Jenn said...

I am thankful for my two wonderful girls (ages 5 1/2 and 7) who were born in China. I am thankful for being able to watch them hug each other at school this morning as they parted to go to their classrooms.

Nancy said...

I am thankful that after I run waaay too early in the morning, I can shower off and climb back into bed to snuggle my husband for ten whole minutes before kids wake up.

Stephanie Wagner said...

I am thankful for God, my husband, and daughter. I am thankful that we will be traveling at the begining of December to adopt our son.

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and children.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life... my friends and family, my students, my teachers, my pastor & congregation, my doctors, my online pals. The list goes on and on... like stars in the sky. And I'm thankful for them too :)

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for second chances, new days, and a soft blanket to snuggle with.

I am thankful for children who come with such unique gifts and challenges - they make my life so rich.

I am thankful for a husband who thinks his family is the most important thing to spend his time on.

I am thankful for the amazing people, like Amanda, who take our good intentions and use them to change (and save) lives.

I am thankful for people who remind us to be thankful!

Heather H.

Tracy K said...

I am thankful for all the beauty God has created for us to enjoy- the vastness of the desert, the majesty of the mountains, the power of the ocean, but especially the sparkle of a child's laugh. And I am thankful that I am able to enjoy and appreciate all those things!

Kari Robinson - Historian said...

I am thankful my cousin Nancy told me about this. I am also VERY thankful that I get to work with special needs kids in the high school. They make me smile. They are amazing and keep us on our toes - especially spiritually. I am thankful for my family both close and extended!

Mugsy said...

I am so thankful for people like you, who inspire and lift others with your strength and desire to do good. I have been so blessed to read some of your blog! Megan

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my children & my grandchildren. I am so thankful for a daughter who has such a giving,loving heart,she constantly amazes me.

C.C. said...

I am thankful for my family:-)

C.C. said...

I am thankful for my family:-)

Jayna said...

Kim Carey gave me the link. What a wonderful thing you are doing! I am grateful for a hard working, kind husband and a healthy baby girl. She has brought more joy to our lives than we could have imagined!

Isaac Dakota said...

I thank God often for all he has provided for our family: a job for my husband, the opportunity for me to stay home, a precious son, a warm house, working vehicles, delicious food on the table, and the list goes on and on and on . . .

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for people like you and your family who have the energy, optimism, and funds to do so much good in the world - even though you haven't yet figured out how to move pictures to where you want them to appear. I have a Ph.D., and I don't know how to do it, either. :o)

Jessica said...

What a very cool idea!
I'm loving your blog and your family.
I'm thankful for my awesome husband and children, for the opportunity we have had to adopt our 2 year old from Fuzhou, China and the child we will adopt soon from China.
I'm thankful for people like Amanda at Starfish with huge hearts, lots of love to give, and for people who just "get it".
I'm thankful for your "special" children post. It was right on.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for life,love and our family that includes our lovely almost 14 yr.old daughter --adopted from Tongling in 1998!! Praise God !!

Anonymous said...

Right now I am so thankful for surgery that went well for a dear little 6 yr. old boy with inoperable brain tomor who had pressure released in his brain today !! Praise the Good and Wonderful Lord!!

Carrie said...

This is such an awesome idea. I might have to borrow it for my blog! I am so thankful for my darling daughter from China, my adorable son from Democratic Republic of Congo, and my extraordinary husband. I am thankful for clear water, enough to eat and political freedom!

Carrie
www.grace-and-haven.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my family whom I love dearly, and for the chance I have to live in this remarkable country that brings so many oppurtunities!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and for a loving Father in Heaven who has blessed me with a wonderful husband and 4 terrific kids. I have more blessings than I deserve.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for all the opportunities I have - to become educated, to travel and to live in a safe and happy place. I am thankful for the warmth and love of my friends and family and thankful that I am able to make a small difference in this world.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that I made it through this day, so now I can enjoy this beautiful holiday season, and remember all of the blessings in my life, especially family and good health.

Tricia said...

I love this idea. I love the Starfish kiddos.

Ann Marie said...

Thankful for being fingerprinted tomorrow and being one step closer to bringing our new son home.

Our families are similar. Hop on over to our blog joyfullybusy.blogspot.com

Ann Marie

Anonymous said...

I am thankful I have a job in this ecomomic times, supportive family, friends and my health.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for Amanda and all the Nannies at Starfish who gave my son a loving and secure foundation in life. I am also thankful for a great husband and the blessing of our new baby boy, who was born this past summer.

Michael and Andrew's Mommy.

Shannon said...

I am thankful for Amanda and her passion to Love & Heal as many starfish babies that she can! I am thankful for my time spent with her and the opportunity to love on some of those precious children. And I am also thankful that this summer I finally brought home my daughter from China!

Shanghai-Laurie2007 said...

I'm so thankful for everything Amanda does at starfish and for the time I have been able to spend there.

I'm also truly thankful to God for my husband and five children which includes one adopted 8 years ago from Russia. They are amazing people.
Laurie Szabo

Bonbon said...

So Thankful for my family, home and Church. I am blessed!

bodegalee said...

This is great!!

I am thankful for great family and friends.. Thankful for some awesome girlfriends who listen to me occasionally moan as I face challenges with my SN kiddos. Grateful I've been able to stay home with my kiddos these past many years. I am thankful for the roof over my head and food in the frig during these tough times. And Im thankful for the www as it's helped to bring so many adoptive families together and help to advocate for children in need!!

Lisa Miller said...

I am thankful I have my two lovely, healthy girls in my warm home with my wonderful husband.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that Rachel Fu Shen is finally home and that Katherine Guo Dan is learning a new role as big sister.
Joy L.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for two healthy, beautiful kids (and jeans that don't make me look like I've had 2 kids!)

Karyn said...

I'm thankful for my two miracle daughters. The world may label them as "special needs," but I see them as special gifts from God :)

Bug's Mom said...

I am thankful for being "mom" to two beautiful girls, one amazing little angel, a handsome son, and a little girl who doesn't quite know it yet.

Lola Granola said...

I'm thankful that you're giving at least $150 to the starfish home!

Shelley said...

I am thankful for my 5 daughters....3 born to me, 1 born in china and home in Feb, and 1 still in China, waiting to come home. I am also thankful for Amanda at Starfish whom I had the honor of meeting in February while in Xian. Can't wait to see how much you send!

Kammy K. said...

I am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to adopt from China. As a single mom-to-be, I was blessed to make it into the China program. I am also thankful that God has opened my heart to the special needs program. There are many beautiful children waiting for their forever families. Hopefully I will be blessed soon !!!!
www.mari-grace.blogspot.com

Tim said...

I am thankful for finding this blog but moreso the post - define 'special'.

I'm thankful to my wife who turned me on to adoption.

I am thankful to China for allowing us to adopt one of her children an older WC who was also SN which does not define her. She is special but not in the way SN most folks think of. She is special to me for she has added spark to our lives.

I am thankful to Taiwan for allowing us to adopt one of her sons who we home to get next spring.

I am thankful again to China for allowing us the opportunity to once again seek more children of hers.

Margaret M said...

What a wonderful way to honor the children at Starfish. I am thankful for each and every day with my special wee ones. I am also thankful that I am able to help sponsor a Starfish baby. I love getting progress updates on her!

missy said...

i'm thankful for this idea you had! i love it! i'm thankful for my precious family. and thankful for jesus, my love.

Marjorie said...

I am thankful for my family!

ChellisFamily said...

So thankful to God that there is a place called Starfish run by an amazing woman and volunteers who travel and give funds to this special place to make the difference in a chid. And oh so thankful that my daughter is a Starfish Alumni and that I can see first hand the fruits of the labor - how thankful I am for this foster home made possible by so many hands.

Anonymous said...

Thankful for my church family who is praying for our upcoming adoption, and thankful for your generosity to Starfish babies!!!

Tessa said...

I am thankful that there is a God is so much bigger and loving than we can even imagine .. thankful that His ways are not ours ...

Julie said...

I am thankful for blue skies after days of grey rain. I am thankful for my health--a strong body that allows me to do all that I do. I am thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who has infinite patience for my many foibles. I am thankful for a wonderful husband, five great children who have grown up to be fantastic adults, and four beautiful grandchildren. I am REALLY thankful I get to see them all this Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I am thankfulfor my family, immediate and extended and the support they lend to me.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my health and my family's health, and for inspiring women like you!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I am thankful for my 4 kids who are healthy (for the most part), for our house, for a working furnace, for more food than I ought to eat, for Compassion International and the way they change lives....

(Here from Flamingo Mama)

Martinfive95 said...

I am thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who deeply loves all the little children with and without loving homes. I am thankful for my 3 beautiful children and a loving husband. I am thankful that each new day provides another opportunity to show God's love.

Anonymous said...

Thankful for a terrific husband and two wonderful kids. When life gets tough, it's nice to know that you have a family that's there for you!

Claire said...

I am thankful for close family and God's provision. I am thankful for YOU raising money for Starfish!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for a husband that supported his wife's dream of taking our family to China to volunteer at Starfish. I am grateful for the welcome and kindness shown to us by Amanda, the nannies and children. I am grateful for the joy of the Lord.

Sara said...

I am thankful for my family, my job, and for the joy of little things.
Peggy

Cristina said...

I am thankful for being able to go to college and relatively good health! I am thankful for my sweet niece!
Cristina

Kelsey said...

I am thankful that I was blessed to be able to go to college to get an education.

LeaAnne said...

I am so Thankful for the love that I have for my children. I was not a mom till a little later in life.. I ALWAYS wanted to be a Mommy.. It was my whole goal in life, when it did not happen right away I was emotionally a wreck~ When I married and our 3 babies were born I knew it would be SOOOO great but, it was hard... PPD hit me like a car out of no where! Now that they are older and so am I,we are so in love .. I am thankful that I can Love them in this way that I always wished I would. I am also eternally Thankful for my darling husband who kissed my hand and held my babies when I could not~

Lani said...

I'm thankful for my husband and family. For my mom and dad and the support they give me. I am thankful for hope and faith.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my son, Samuel and my husband, Martin. I am thankful that I no longer have lymphoma and that it has been 8 years. I am glad I have Jesus.

Jet said...

I'm thankful for my precious son and daughter. Norah was a little Starfish..... I'm so glad Amanda decided to take care of her!

Anonymous said...

Today we volunteered at the Tacoma Rescue Mission which serves those who are homeless or otherwise in need of support. It reiterated to me that there are wonderful people in this world who serve selflessly daily, that many need a hand and I can do more, and that I don't need to go overboard on gifts that will soon end up in the shelters used section--instead I am thankful I have some resources that I can donate new things to the mission, that I have a home and food in my belly, a wonderful husband of almost 25 years, three amazing children--2 of who are "special needs". I am just thankful for life and all who help our Father's children.

Holly said...

I'm Thankful for how truely blessed I am.

And all the small things that seem to put a smile on my face day to day.

elvaorton@gmail.com said...

I am thankful for you doing this. I am thankful I lived in China for a year and that I got to meet Amanda and all the babies. I am thankful to be the mother of seven special children and the grandmother of 14 grandchildren. I am thankful for 47 years married to my outstanding husband Steve.
I loved sharing your blog-you have a great family.
Much love Elva
elvaorton@gmail.com

Sylvia said...

I'm thankful for life and all the joys in it and the sorrows that make us appreciate the joys today and look forward to the joy of eternal life.

Blessings to your beautiful family.

Lisa~ said...

I am very thankful for my family, my friends, my health and my freedom.
Lisa~

Anonymous said...

I am thankful I live in Australia, a country free of war and poverty.
I am thankful that I am in a position to help starving children in Africa. Joan

Anonymous said...

I am thankful and overwhelmed...enough said!!

Sally V said...

I'm thankful for my two adopted daughters and the God that placed them in my arms. I'm thankful for the husband helping me to raise them in a Christ-centered home. God is good, all the time!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for all children of the world, who by their very existence make us better. I can not help them all, but I can help them one child at a time. No, thank you!

Kelly Rumbaugh said...

I am thankful to God who has blessed me with so much more than I will ever deserve!

MC said...

I am thankful for my three beautiful, healthy children.

I am thankful that Will (my starfish baby) is in a great school.

I am thankful for Amanda at Starfish for everything she does for the children.

And I am thankful for people like you, making a difference in the lives of children.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for...
healthy kids...all 4 at the moment.
a loving husband & father.
family.
Olympian Club-at church to help teach my kids about God/Jesus.
This is the top of my list and the list could go on and on if I sat to contemplate what else to add.
Liz

Torie said...

I think this is absolutely amazing. Amanda is doing such a great thing for these children. I really miss being there and helping... even though it was only for two weeks:)

Leslie said...

I'm humbly thankful for my salvation, my family's salvation, and for this post, for money going to help children that need a home!

Chris said...

I am thankful that God knows what we need and gives it to us.

Annie said...

I am thankful for my family, my wonderful kids and amazing husband. I am thankful for God and my country and for my incredible life!!! I am thankful for people like you!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for those unselfish people like YOU who give! Thank you

crazybeautifulchaos said...

Thankful to a Savior who knows my inmost being and still loves me....and still chose to die for me.

Anonymous said...

Ok Amy I hope this is where the waht I am thankful for comment goes--I am thankful for you for doing something wonderful for others, I am thankful for my beautiful children and their spouses one of whom I am visiting right now and one I will see next tuesday with my beautiful chunky, smiley grandson, my extra smart, handsome great nephew Joseph and a very new one I just have had the pleasure to meet the last 2 days with my brother Matt and his family--baby Kamar what a gift,thankful to God for helping me stick on this weight loss program for 2 weeks now and thankful for my brothers, sisters their families my husband Dad at 95 and all his family, thankful for my girlfriends and all their loving support, thankful to be able to help others in my job and especially thankful for my husband who is about to turn 62 and sure doesn't look it or act it ha ha I could go on and on--my 10 yr old dog Kacey is pretty special too--hope this helps and if I left one thing out it wasn't on purpose I just have so much to be grateful for and I never want to take it for granted especially all the 12 step programs out there that help so many of us--Love you Amy and your family!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 19, 2009 7:41 AM

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'm thankful people like you care enough to make a change to others lives.The angels on earth

November 19, 2009 11:29 AM

Anonymous said...

Peggy said...
I'm thankful for knowing Laura Joan-the first Starfish adopted. She came home with her family to our church.

November 19, 2009 11:39

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Thanks for donating to Starfish!! I am thankful for the opportunity to adopt from China TWICE!!!!

November 18, 2009 7:40 AM

crystal said...

I'm thankful for my 4 healthy children, the ones in our future, and the Creator of them all!

Steven said...

I am thankful for places like Starfish, or else I wouldn't be where I am today. =D

Steven Wong

Heather said...

I am thankful for my family, friends, & the wonderful people who I've met along the way rather through blogging or adoption. It's amazing the number of people who "get it" when it comes to orphans world wide.

tiffany said...

Wow, I love what you are doing!

I am thankful for my husband, kiddos, fluffy pup, my mom coming to sit tonight so dh and I can have a hot date, choices, peace and quiet, good friends on and offline and on and on. :) This is a good thing to think about and I love that some kiddos in China will benefit from it. Thanks for doing that!

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