How are you? How are the kids? How are
the cats? If I'm not mistaken, you're going to be blessed with another
litter soon. Please send me an update when you get a chance!
I wanted to write (it's been too long) and wish you
and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. It will be the first
American Thanksgiving that we have ever celebrated, in large part because of the
kindness of new American friends like you!
We have some great news - our daughter Isabel's health problems have
been manageable as of late! She is now able to attend school regularly,
and though she has many physical limitations, her pain level is far better than
it was. Last week, she even went 10 days in a row without any pain meds at
And of course, our precious boy Wills, has been an
incredible friend to us through it all. He is actually more like a dog,
always needing to be with the family. Daniel and I finally couldn't hold
off any longer and he now sleeps with us every night. My allergies must be
mild enough, because they aren't troubling me at all. Though he is only 6
months old now, he's already 8 lbs. Do I need to worry about
that? When he jumps from any height, it's quite the "thud!"
For Isabel, Wills is an excellent distraction,
garnering smiles that would have not been otherwise. He often lies in her
arms, with his enormous white tummy, purring up a storm. On her face
is a look of complete contentment. Wills has also been such a healing force for Isabel's sister Anneliese (who is
finally a big sister because of him), Daniel and I. We had hoped that
he would bring happiness into our home, but we could never have
suspected how much he has brought to us.
Other than the change in Wills' sleeping arrangements, we've ramped up the grooming. At about 5 months, his fur tripled! Since we got back into grooming after a few month's break, at first it
wasn't his favourite activity. But, with routine and treats, he's come
to accept it as the new norm, and he looks gorgeous! He's now so furry that he could be mistaken
for a teddy bear!
Thank you again for this wonderful boy. We
are thinking of you always, but especially on this Thanksgiving. I pray
you know how much gratitude we have in our hearts for you.