Hope you had a happy turkey-day! We enjoyed cooking the meal together and sharing it with our friends, the Christoffersens, and the Elders. Christian has wanted to to brine a turkey for years. He brought home a 20-lb turkey, soaked it in a brine all night, then rubbed seasonings all over the skin and cooked it in an oven bag to keep it moist. It was soooo good! I attempted to make homemade stuffing the way my grandmother made it, and it was almost as good as I remember. The kids didn't eat much, but they enjoyed the holiday-feeling. Christian is enjoying a much-needed break before heading off on yet another business trip next week. And today is his 30th birthday! So he's officially an old man.
We spent a busy week getting our house fixed up and cleaned up, ready to put on the market. We put an offer on a home in Michigan, so we're set as long as this home is appraised well-enough. We're excited to learn that Christian's brother, Jonathan, recently got a new job in Milwaukee, so he and his family will be only 4 hours away from us. (They are currently in Atlanta- about 4 hours away) We were worried about moving away from family, but they are moving with us!
Rachel's implant was activated on Monday. We're very excited, but it will be hard to get her adjusted again. Last year, after nine months of using the implant, she had just learned to like the implant before it all fell apart. Now we have to go through the whole process again. The good news is that she can definitely hear, even thought it bothers her. She'll start another round of speech therapy, and she'll have to re-learn much of what she knew last summer. I am very impressed with the doctors here at UNC-Chapel Hill. Fortunately, Ann Arbor, Michigan also has an excellent cochlear implant facility and a much better education system for deaf children.
I'm thankful for my family, medical help and insurance, friends, the gospel and church callings, technology that helps keep people connected, and Christian's vacation days. I feel especially blessed that I have such a fabulous hubby who is loving, fun, and provides so well for our family. Have a happy day!