POA Sent

Today I finally mailed the POA for Bill to DC — after having it notarized and authenticated. I have been saying we were going to get it done for weeks. Everytime I start to get all the forms together I find something else to do and have never made it to FedEx. Well, it is gone and I think this is the last thing we have to do — other than airline tickets. We won’t get those until we have travel approval. So, we just wait. It is really starting to feel so real now. 
We had a nice Thanksgiving. It was actually rather quiet. We missed our friends that always come — all 10 of them — but they had a sick child so it was just our family and a couple of close friends. I didn’t even have to cook much as my oldest daughter contacted most of her siblings and made sure they were cooking several things to bring. Usually the kids at home and I do most of the cooking. It ended up I had almost nothing to do. I baked a cake with Sarah and did some small things, but other than the turkey that was pretty much it. It was really nice and relaxing. 
I took almost no pictures on Thanksgiving day. I’m not sure why as I always pull my camera out. I did get this picture of Michael with little sister Bethany. Michael made the stuffing — Stove Top — all 8 boxes of it and brought 10 cans of cranberry sauce and peas. 
Sophia was unusually quiet on Thanksgiving this year. Usually when a lot of people are here she just can’t handle it. She yells and screams until I take her somewhere quiet — her room most of the time. She doesn’t like all the noise and confusion. When she gets really loud and upset the only place that quiets her is her room. Last year she was beside herself. She was so upset and so out of her comfort zone. This year she actually took most of it in stride. She even seemed a little interested in what was going on. 
It seems like almost every single year the day after Thanksgiving some of my girls end up in my room on my bed goofing off and talking to me. This year was no exception. Emily and Abigail came up and then Bethany and Bella joined them. Emily and Abigail were being silly and taking selfies with Bethany and Bella. I decided it was a good time to run get my camera as they seemed in a mood to let me get their picture — it is always harder to get pictures of my older girls. 
Then Emily decided to call most of the girls up to the bedroom to get them all in a picture. Of course, not everyone was here. Katie was studying and Sophia was asleep and some of our girls couldn’t make it for Thanksgiving,


Bella found an ornament I bought years ago that plays a Christmas song and has a little train that goes around the track and she loved it. She sat on my bed and watched it for almost 45 minutes — and she was very gentle with it. She is such a sweet little girl. 


We got our tree the Friday after Thanksgiving and actually have it up now with lights only.


Grandson, Asher, with Megan — our daughter from Georgia.
Reagan and Bella — they are good friends. 

I almost forgot this picture I took of Katie and Bella on Thanksgiving day that I really like. Katie loves to take Bella places — Starbucks, Target, etc.


  1. Sharon, You have the most amazing family! I can feel the love the older kids have for the younger ones. It comes through in the pictures!

    Sue H.

  2. Love reading about your Thanksgiving and seeing your pictures. I loved reading that Sophia did better this year. I love it that our kids continue to make progress over the years. I still remember how small your girls looked on the trip home. They've grown so much!

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