Family, Fire, and Food

Just under the wire as the week comes to a close, here are three beautiful things from my last seven days:

1. I wrote about my lovely new nephew in last week’s three beautiful things post, but I spent a lot of my flight home on Monday thinking about how beautiful it is to watch my sister and brother-in-law finally get to be parents. They’re in an unspeakably difficult — and potentially heartbreaking — situation as foster parents, but have poured their whole hearts out for their little boy nevertheless. They’re living proof that genetics is not the only thing that makes a family.

2. The weather in DC is finally getting a little December-y (that is, cold), so the neighborhood smells pleasantly like wood smoke from fireplaces as I walk home in the evening.

3. Christmas cookies. Need I say more?

(Honorable mention: I was excited in the beginning of the week when the Caps took the lead in the Eastern Conference, but — despite a couple of shaky outings — they’re finishing the week at the top of the NHL. Who knows how long it will last, but for now, it counts as a beautiful thing in my world.)

2 thoughts on “Family, Fire, and Food

  1. Susan December 13, 2009 / 6:00 am

    Two Beautiful things…both fall grad classes are done 🙂

  2. Mom December 13, 2009 / 6:25 am

    @ Susan — CONGRATS !!! Now you can “relax” and get ready for the holidays AND keep 25 little ones focused for the next 10 days — oh, the two at home, of course 🙂

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