November is a time when the turning of the leaves remind us to give thanks. The cover article tells the story of adoption for one family in midtown. LampLighter editor Barb Elder introduces this story with her personal insights on adoption. After we give thanks for our blessings we can eat, but what about those in our community whose cupboards are bare? First Congo helps families each month through their Food For Families program. Find out how you can help. Also inside this issue find the winners of the Great Pumpkin and Pop-Tab-Palooza contests, what’s scheduled for the November CY Night Out, what’s happening at Peabody School, and how to prepare your home emergency kit. Read about great books, great movies, and some great happenings around midtown, all in the November LampLighter.