Bright/our family. I like bright things. When we bought our house everything was some shade of brown. I feel dirty and withered with brown things. I’m slowly on a mission to “de-brown” my house. I was at Ikea the other day and saw these bright cups. I love them. Our family: right now we are three. Our extended families are bigger and praying for us. I like that. Our family, whether it be the family we come from, the family we join, the family we create, or the family like friends we surround ourselves with, are very important to us. These associations build us up, fortify us when we can’t hold strong on our own, and they have our backs. We can’t wait to add a birth family to our family. Sadly, Panda’s birth mother has chosen to remain distant from us, but we still love her. We still talk of her, pray for her, and call her part of our own. I remember when she placed Panda with us I could tell she didn’t have much of a family (biological or not) around. She didn’t know what it was like to be loved for who she is. She seemed hungry for love. I wanted her to feel as loved as possible. I don’t even have contact with her at all, our agency does not know where she is, and I pray she has someone around her to show her the we feel. Family is so very important.