We try to be thankful to God every day for all the blessings we have, but we also like to try to enumerate some of those blessings on Thanksgiving. This year, we have something very special to be thankful for. In addition to being blessed with good health and with the wherewithal to be able to travel this great country of ours to see many of its wonders, this year we were blessed with the arrival of our granddaughter, Lydia.
Just as Lora and J. Michael were contemplating giving up on the idea of being able to adopt, they received a call from the agency saying a pregnant high-schooler had chosen them to be the adoptive parents of her baby. The birth father, who also had a say in the matter, had independently put them at the top of his list, too. Lydia Grace was born on July 17, and since we were staying in Ohio only about two hours from Pittsburgh, we got to see her in the hospital the day after she was born.
Grand-parenting from a distance is a challenge, which is one reason we decided to replace our motor home with a 5th wheel. We feel 5th wheels are better suited to staying in one place for longer periods, and now that Lora and J. Michael have Lydia, we're likely to spend a good bit of the summer near Pittsburgh so we can be part of Lydia's life. Even though we don't have the new 5th wheel yet, we're looking forward to what we expect will be a more convenient way for us to travel in our new style of staying in one spot for longer periods.
We last saw Lydia when we were in Pittsburgh in September for a visit and for doctor appointments. Lora is very good about sending us pictures of Lydia so we can see how she is growing and developing. In addition to frequent photos of Lydia in everyday situations eating, playing, sleeping, etc., Lora makes a point of taking a number of photos on Lydia's monthly birthday. Shown below are a few of the most recent ones taken at 4 months.
We're looking forward to seeing Lydia when we head north for Christmas. It won't be long now.