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Happy Hanukkah! Tonight was the first night of the Jewish holiday, and it's a holiday that we celebrate in honor of my dad and my paternal relatives.
For Hanukkah, we light the menorah to remember the lamp that burned for eight nights when it only had enough oil for one. Though we celebrate the miracle of lights, Hanukkah is also a time when children are given gifts. Normally, children receive one gift for each night of Hanukkah, but since we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, we only get gifts on the first and last nights. My siblings were all thrilled to receive some special gifts tonight, and I loved the beautiful shirt I received. My brother and little sisters spent the rest of their night playing with their new toys, and my sister set right to work transferring her things into the new pocketbook she was given.
I love lighting the menorah and watching the candles burn each night. It always looks so beautiful, especially at the end of the week when more candles are lit. Someday I hope that I'll know the whole Hanukkah prayer, but until then, I like listening to my dad read the Hebrew prayer to us all.
Prior to our Hanukkah celebration tonight, and after the kids went to bed as well, I spent the majority of my time baking. Unfortunately, my siblings all decided they were done with baking for this holiday season, so I was on my own today, but I was thrilled with how much I accomplished. I've been having no problem keeping cookies fresh, and everyone who has tried some of the cookies has enjoyed them.
They're looking pretty good, if I do say so myself, and I think they're actually turning out much better than they have in previous years. I can't wait to see all of the cookies completely finished and packaged up together. Tomorrow I think I'll be able to finish everything up, which works out well because I'll have work again starting Tuesday.
Happy Hanukkah to all of those who celebrate, and may this celebration of the festival of lights be a happy one for all!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.