Every year, my family gathers during the third week of November for a special celebration. We share a meal and give thanks for another year together. We’ve done this every year since 1968, and even though it’s a holiday that is kind of unique to our family, the nation celebrates alongside us for the whole month of November. Tomorrow is our 45th annual celebration, and this year, our special day falls right on Thanksgiving!!
Ken and Pam Larson were married on Veterans’ Day in 1961. Like most young couples, they wanted a big family, but after several painful losses, they realized they might not be able to start their family the traditional way. Meanwhile, across the state, a 19 year-old single nursing student discovered she was pregnant with a baby she knew she could not raise on her own. She chose life, and in October of 1968, she delivered a seven pound baby girl. The young woman decided giving her baby up for adoption was the best gift she could give her little girl. A few days before Thanksgiving, Ken and Pam got a phone call from their social worker at the adoption agency and within hours, they were picking up their new daughter.
My adoption day has always been a pretty big deal at our house. It is the celebration of the day God used the amazing sacrifice of one woman to create a family that could not have existed otherwise. With November being National Adoption Month and my adoption falling so near to Thanksgiving Day every year, it sometimes feels like the whole world is celebrating with us. Sometimes people ask me if I’ve found my “real” parents, and while I know what they mean, I also know Ken and Pam Larson could not be more real.
So on this Thanksgiving Eve, I am giving thanks. I am thankful for the unselfish choice of a single young woman in Nevada. I am thankful God chose Ken and Pam to be my parents. I am thankful they were willing to consider adoption and that they chose me. But most of all, I am thankful that God chooses each of us and adopts us into His family as His sons and daughters.
Happy Thanksgiving!! (And Happy National Adoption Month!!)