Thanksgiving in Hawaii

Happy thanksgiving everyone. In no way this time last year did I think I’d be living here in Hawaii. It was on my mind, but I didn’t think it was actually possible. I’m amaze myself everyday. When I first moved here, things were going perfect, then the last couple of months have been a bit rocky. It got to the point that I thought that I had to go home to South Carolina. Not that I wanted to go back, because more than anything I want to be here, but under the circumstances I thought I might not have a choice but to move. I lost my job, which kind of meant I lost everything that was helping be here. But things worked out and they’re still working out. Seriously you guys, if it weren’t for my friends, Mariah and Victoria, I’d probably be back in SC. They gave me a place to live and a job. I couldn’t be more blessed or thankful to have them in my life.

The last week, my sister has been in town. Unfortunately I only got three and a half days to actually spend with her. I’m kind of sad that she’s here and I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her and miss thanksgiving. But being the new girl at my job, I wasn’t able to get any time off. But it is what it is. I’m just thankful that I even have this job to begin with. I’m thankful that my sister is here and for the time that I got to spend with her. I’m thankful that even though I have to work thanksgiving, I got to spend the first part of my day at the beach and snorkeling with my sister. We’ve been having a great time and I’m glad I got to work on my tan a little bit.

I’m very thankful that I live on this beautiful island and that things worked out for me to still be living here. I also very thankful for my parent for being supportive about me living here and being so helpful with things got hard. There’s so much that I’m thankful for this year, but if I wrote about every single thing, you’d be reading a book instead of a blog post.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Years

Today is a very special day to me. 25 years ago, I was brought home to a wonderful family. I was blessed with the best family I could ever ask for and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love that I was adopted. It makes me and my story unique and special. I’m so thankful for the lady who gave birth to me. She was my way into this life. I can only imagine how hard it was for her and how scared she must have been at age 15. I’m sure a lot of people gave her looks and judged her, but I believe she was brave. She trusted in God’s plan for her and for me. She knew there was a family that needed me. People ask me if I ever think about her or want to meet her. The answer is no. I do hope she’s okay and that she is married and is living a good life. She brought me into this world. That is all that I needed from her. I’ll forever be grateful that.

I couldn’t imagine my life without my family. Sometimes you’d forget that I was even adopted. I resemble my mother in her looks and big heart. And I’m my daddy’s “mini me”…we’re too much alike. My sister is the best side-kick ever. You can say it’s because after being around someone for so long, you start to look like them and act like them, but I believe it’s because I was always meant to be a part of this family, long before I was even born. I just had to get to them in a different way. This is my real family and I love them so much.

Happy Adoption Day and Cindo De Mayo to me!