Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
WE NEED A TEAM NAME!!!! Ok, seriously, it's gotta be good. So this is where you come in. Help me out...and keep it clean, please! :)
Thou shalt look upon thy child, not as a possession belonging to thee, but as a sacred trust from God.
Thou shalt be honest in all dealing with thy child, then honesty and obedience can be expected of him.
Thou shalt regard thy child’s respect and love, not as a duty to be demanded, but as an achievement to be earned.
Remember when thou art out of patience with they child’s faults to take time to count to ten—of thine own.
Remember that the surest way to make it hard for thy child is to make it too easy for him. He should learn early the meaning of discipline and responsibility.
Thou shalt have daily prayers and Bible reading with thy family, and thou shalt always thank God for food before partaking of it.
Remember that the example of thy life is more effective than thy fault-finding and moralizing.
Thou shalt practive the teachings of Christ in thy home by being kind, unselfish and loving.
Thou shalt early teach thy child to love and trust in God, and thou shalt wisely help him to choose Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Remember the Lord’s day by worshipping God in thy church as a family, for this is necessary if thy home is to be truly Christian.
--Gordon H. Schroder
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
My husband, Ryan, and I have been more than blessed with 4 girls, who are all so different and all so majestically perfect in their own way. We have come to parenting in many ways...i think maybe every way you can, but I'm not certain! One daughter is biological to me only...one privately adopted, one foster to adopt and one biological to the both of us...and 11 other foster children in the mix so far. So, I share this story that was shared with us during our first adoption. Maybe someone can relate...or get some strength through it.
Our Trip to Australia (Poem By Diane Armitage)
Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia. You’ve heard it’s a wonderful place, you’ve read many guidebooks and feel certain you’re ready to go. Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.
So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia. All around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you’ll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait—and wait—and wait.
Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like, “Relax. You’ll get on a flight soon.” Other people actually, get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry “It’s not fair!” After a long time the ticket agent tells you, “I’m sorry, we’re not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat.”
“By BOAT,” you say. “Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going by plane.” So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place, and finally you decide to travel by boat. It is a long trip, many months over much rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia. Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three times, marveling about each trip.
Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather than by air.
People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are able to travel only once, perhaps twice. Some say things like, “Oh, be glad you didn’t fly. My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy.”
You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still, you know God blessed you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
So, as always, on her first day of school, I took a picture...this year, in front of the pantry. Pantry, you may ask? Yes, the pantry. It is the place in the house she spends the most time with the exception of her bedroom, where she eats what she gets from the pantry.
I am so proud of her...her choices...her dedication...her, well, just her! So, this post is for my little pig...who's grown into a beautiful young woman.
Friday, August 15, 2008
there's JK's adoption and it still not being final after 3 1/2 years. We have totally loved being foster parents...we've fostered more than 11 children (not including JK) and have learned and grown through each of them. We love foster care, so please don't misunderstand that. What I don't love is the adoption process through foster care. Here's a pictorial prepresentation of the time JK has still not been adopted.
This is me holding JK thevery first time...she was so precious...she was 10 days old. Couldn't you just eat her up?
And, this is us 3 1/2 years later...happy as can be with my #3!!
Ok. Back to my rant.
The adoption...or lack there of. No reason for it. All the paperwork is done. Judge is on board...has been for over 2 years. She has never spent a night in the home of her biological parents (sad), but visits with them still to this day because of us and our efforts to keep that connection open for he rin the future. Parental rights terminated and they signed papers for us to be her adoptive parents over 2 years ago.
So, I ask, what do you think the hold up is?
I have a constant reminder of her not being adopted...still a 'foster child' almost every day. Today, I have to renew my foster license...b/c we have a 'child' in our care. Ok, here's clue, State of Indiana...the child in my care is mine. Her name is not KDL but JKE. I am her Mom, Ryan is her Dad, PB and S are her sisters. We have been from the beginning...and although we are so grateful for her biological siblings and parents, we are the ones doing everyday life with her. We deserve...she deserves to be final.
JK starts preschool next month. You should hear the conversation with the director. I know her legal name is KDL, but she has been always JKE. I'm sure it's not confusing at all for her....no!!
Okay, I'm off the high horse...now, I ask two things of you. Please pray for us and for the finalization of this adoption (B's was 2 months...private adoption rocks!!!). Second, comment me for support. :)
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Thursday, August 14, 2008
2. You've got to see this...
3. Mommy puts this cone on her breast and then milk comes out. It's amazing.
4. Dad, you're doing a great job.
5. I need some air back here!
6. My feet are filthy. I think I need a bath.
7. Or, maybe he got a tattoo.
8. Gabby lives in my heart forever.
9. Oh pickle.
11. I want to be the princess, not the nasty step mother.
12. I did not eat the cupcake.
13. Jesus love 'root naks'...its his favorite food. (fruit snacks)
14. Hey, what's up homey?
15. Stop talking. I am trying to concentrate.
16. Come on people. We're gonna be late for Florida.
17. My Dad drinks a lot of beer. And...he poops a lot. (not true btw, but seriously funny)
18. My finger nail polish came off.
19. Can I give Gabby a P-K-U-G-R-T, treat?
20. Mommy, you're the best mommy ever.
And what birthday is complete without a cake?
I made a promise to B that I would make her a unicorn cake. I am no Ace of Cakes, but I gave it my best shot. The best part of B being 5, she thought the cake was the best unicorn cake she'd ever seen! Gotta love the enthusiasm of a kid!!!