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gratitudeI managed to come up with an idea all on my own—before the Pinterest era began—to help my family live with an attitude of gratitude. Early in the month of November 2013, we challenged ourselves to think of at least one thing each day that we were thankful for and add it (via Post-it!) to our thankful wall. Not only was it a great use of an empty space in my home that drove me crazy, but it was a truly humbling experience as I read the amazing things that were added each day.

It may not have included pretty colored cardstock or elaborate elements, but the simplicity of it was powerful in our home. At first, coming up with something was easy, but as the month went on the process became much more reflective and at times difficult for each of us. My children learned that every day they could find something to express gratitude for even if it was simply the warm socks on their feet or a smile from a friend.

The exercise in gratitude helped me to learn a great deal about my family and what mattered to them most at that point in their lives. I keep the Post-its in an envelope with our fall decorations so I can review them each year when preparing our fall festivities.

This experience made me focus each day on recognizing our blessings and realizing that the ones that may seem small are often the most significant.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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