Summer turned to Fall and the leaves turned wonderful shades of gold, orange and red before crumbling into brown. Fall foliage covered the ground and was soon blanketed by sparkling new snow as Winter settled in.
I hung twinkling lights that reminded me of icicles, but used colorful ones to brighten up our home’s exterior. Then I made snowmen to represent our little family.
Hope woke up first and we snuggled while I showed her the cute trio that was visible outside their window.
As nice as the moment was, I decided it is time to wake up her brother and go outside for a little bit.
Brrr. I forgot how cold the snow can be. We bundled up and had fun catching snowflakes with our tongues. Then I taught them how to scoop snow into their mittens and make snowballs. They had fun tossing them towards the snowmen and up in the air to see where they would land. I am sure they are going to have some serious snowball fights when they get older!
As I was tucking their blankets around them and settling them down for a nap, I marveled at how much they have grown and reminisced over various milestones – first walk, first word, that sort of thing. It shouldn’t be too much longer before the adoption process is finalized and these two are officially family. I already know that they are children of my heart.
I could see Papaya Cruz, one of our regular mail carriers, stuff several envelopes in our mailbox and headed outside to collect them.
*looks at the return addresses as I walk towards the front door* Yes! There is a check from the Sand, Sun and Surf Corporation. They had requested some artwork for their lobby and on-site cafe. It is such a relief to know they pay their invoices on time. There is also a letter from City Hall. I wonder if they set a date/time for the the final meeting to take place. Surely that’s what this letter is about and not a request for more documentation.
*someone clears their throat behind me* I turn and see a rather nondescript young man standing there.
“Afternoon, Miss Keagan. How are MY children?”