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As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, our family is thankful for adoption.
 
November is a very special month. We celebrate this month as National Adoption Month. Sherri and I became parents through adoption; in fact, we have been blessed twice over through adoption.
 
At the courthouse on November 16, we celebrated National Adoption Day. On this special day, 12 children became part of forever families. As I sat in the courtroom and listed to each child’s story, the joy and beauty of each journey touched my heart. One 11-year-old boy had spent 2,295 days in foster care, had multiple foster families and little hope… until that beautiful moment when all of the uncertainty became history and his life was renewed when he became a son. Can you imagine a more beautiful picture of love than adoption?

For National Adoption Day, Bob Duckworth and I gave out stuffed elephants to each adopted child.

For National Adoption Day, Bob Duckworth and I gave out stuffed elephants to each adopted child.

Nationally, there are 110,000 children in foster care. Each of these children goes to sleep at night with uncertainty and without the security and permanency of a mom and dad. Worldwide there are over 17 million children who have lost both parents.
 
As we reflect on gratitude and thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the beauty of adoption and how we are a family through adoption. Being parents is probably the hardest thing we’ve done in life so far, but I find that often the hard things are the things that bless our lives the most. We love our boys and love doing life with them.
 
Our story of becoming a family involves long journeys and uncertainty. It involves taking a risk every day not knowing the outcome. In reality, being adoptive parents is no different than any other parent. We want our children to grow up as loving, involved people who know the joy of family and friendship, who engage in life well, and who know the success of hard work.
 
May you, your family and friends have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving Day. 
 
Blessings,
Doug