Family Photo Friday


The last Friday of October has arrived. This means that 2010 has picked up speed and will be over in a blink! It also means that I post some pictures from our week.

Let me start by saying that our week was rough. Cool and windy fall weather has arrived. One or two of us have been battling sickness all week. I haven't had much energy. So I don't even have pictures of my kids this week!

I started a project recently - scanning my old photographs to save on the computer. This is easy enough to do, as I'm at home throughout the day and can "babysit" the scanning process while doing other things. All part of a bigger project related to organizing memory books for my kids. Above is an oldie - a picture of me at age 5 - one of my favorite childhood pictures.

Due to our family's sickness and Eli's sickness and his mom's already scheduled day off, we only had Eli at our house 2 days this week! I did get one picture of him, enjoying a favorite new food - Cheerios.

We took Thursday off of school to just have a free day at home, for all of us to take it easy. My kids made a blanket fort to play in. We colored pictures. We did a craft my daughter had been asking to do. We napped. It was good. But back to the craft... here are some little mice (and cheese) we created. Didn't get a picture of the kids, but got the mice!

Happy end-of-October to you!

Time is speeding by. Be intentional about how you spend yours!

Family Photo Friday


I cannot believe it, but Friday is here once again.
Here are a few favorite photos from this week.

This was a fun time at our house. My daughter was helping feed Eli his bottle (remember Eli - the little guy we're watching during the daytime). My 2-year-old son got his little boy doll and sat in the chair with sister. He just loves babies and wants to help with Eli every chance he gets. By the way, want to guess his baby doll's name? Eli, of course! :-)

We had many days with beautiful fall weather again this week. We have a firepit in our backyard, so one evening we enjoyed roasted hot dogs and smores. The kids loved doing this!

We helped our next-door neighbor rake/blow some leaves into a huge pile for the kids to play in. Here are my 2 kiddos plus Sarah (12 year old neighbor and friend of our family) in the huge leaf pile.

Happy weekend, y'all! Enjoy October while it lasts!

Foster Parenting - Log #3

We are officially state-approved foster parents!

Just got the official word from our foster agency.

Now the real waiting begins, as we wait until they call us with a child/children to consider taking in.

Our ongoing prayer is for God's wisdom and guidance throughout the process, and ultimately that He be glorified in us and through us.

I don't know when I'll post the next Foster Parenting Log, but it'll be an exciting one... :-)

Family Photo Friday


Wow, October is already half gone. Oh my!

Here are a few favorite photos from our week.

My son and I enjoying toast with jam for breakfast. Nothing special about it, except that my hubby grabbed the camera to capture it forever. My son is an early riser. His internal clock wakes him up between 6:15 and 6:30 each morning. I wish he'd sleep longer, but I do enjoy the alone time with him before his sister wakes up and before the hustle and bustle of the day.

We had more BEAUTIFUL weather this week. We tried to spend some time outside each day, taking in the temperatures in the 70s! One evening we headed to nearby Thistleberry Farm for a hayride, corn maze, pumpkin patch, etc. Good old fall fun! This picture shows my husband and our son on the Cow Train.

And my hubby and me goofing around. Fun was had by all, I think.

The year is speeding by. Spend your time wisely!

Happy Friday!

Foster Parenting - Log #2


As we are preparing to start this journey of Foster Parenting, I am pondering this: how can anyone do this without support?

My husband and I almost daily discuss another aspect of Foster Parenting, another thing to consider, another way that our lives will change when we take in our first child. There is so much that goes into Foster Parenting - love, time, money, energy, emotions, travel, relationships.

Foster Parenting, like regular parenting, requires giving and giving and giving some more, and giving some more even when you feel like you've got nothing left to give. Just as I don't know how single parents do it, I don't know how foster parents do it without support. Support from one another, friends, family, church, the fostering agency.

We have felt the support of family, friends and our church in two main ways:
1) for many months people have been praying for us. Ever since we made it public that we were pursuing foster parenting, at least a handful of closer friends from church have been praying regularly for us.
2) a few weeks ago we put a "need" out there at church - we needed more beds. Within a week we had 1 more bed. A week later I was verbally promised 2 more beds. And just days ago was told of yet another bed that we could have if we need. One elderly lady told me that she doesn't have a bed for me, but she does have a quilt she made that she'd like to give to us for the foster children.

To feel supported in these ways encourages me. We may be the ones on the "front lines" of this particular ministry, but there is support coming from those around us that is a vital part it.

I expect that we will become officially "licensed" this week. The State has 30 days to approve our license. The countdown started September 20th.

A call could come at any time. We are praying for wisdom to know how to respond.

Children's Reading List: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I was DELIGHTED to read Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my daughter this week. I loved this book as a child and vividly remember hearing one of my elementary school teachers read this beloved book to the class. My daughter definitely caught the enthusiasm too. One evening we read for 2 hours straight! Neither of us wanted to put it down!

My favorite part of this book is the inventiveness. Creativity and imagination abound in the chocolate factory.

And, being a family that lives without TV, I was singing right along with the Oompa-Loompa's as Mike Teavee was escorted out...

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks -
Fear not, because we promise you
That in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.
And once they start - oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did."

Reading a good book together... that's just what we did! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a hit!

Family Photo Friday


Friday is upon us once again. We have enjoyed some outdoor time this week, with gorgeous fall weather. We LOVE the changing seasons!

Here's my 2-year-old playing in the leaves.We already have plenty of leaves for raking, with a gazillion more waiting to fall.

A nearby fire station had an open house last Sunday. The kids loved that and so did I (like a field trip that required no advanced planning!). My hubby and my son here, playing with a hose.

Fun-loving Grandma K sent 2 red clown noses in the mail this week for the 2 little ones. Hubby grabbed a tomato and here are the three clowns together.

Last is a shot of my son "reading" a book to Eli - the little guy we watch during the day. Precious moments. My son continues to have the sweetest demeanor towards babies. He is all boy with his older sister, wanting to tackle and hit. But with a baby, he is the complete opposite - tender and oh-so-gentle. I love it!

We will be enjoying a campfire in the backyard tonight with some friends from church. Looking forward to it, along with a relaxing day tomorrow!

Happy weekending!

Sleepless Nights

My 2-year-old son has been having trouble sleeping at night this week. Crying out. Waking up every 15 minutes or so (just as I am falling back asleep). Up to 10 times per night. It's been rough. I like the baby and toddler stage of parenting... everything except for the sleepless nights. I love sleep. Always have loved sleep. In college, I was the only person probably on the entire campus that was heading to bed before 10:00 pm! I need sleep or just can't function the next day. So, it's been a long week.

Then today I found this poem my mother had written 25-30 years ago, as she was raising her four little ones. A good reminder that this too will pass... and I will some day shed tears over the passing of these days that right now seem so rough and long.


Sleeping angels? I don't know-

Sometimes with toddlers it's hard to say so.

When they call in the night

I wake and have to fight

to get to my feet again

and plug the forgotten night light in.

Then one who needs a drink

but can't quite reach the bathroom sink.

Then someone is hot and needs his jama tops off,

and another is upset because he just can't cough.

There's one more story they forgot to tell me.

Oh, and open the curtains or they can't see.

Now he's kicked off the cover

and no one else can fix it like mother.

So many times I think the sound of my name

in the middle of the night will drive me insane.

So much I wish for the nights

I'll be able to sleep through till mornings' light.

But when I stop to think, I see

just how sad that day will be.

For when my time is completely my own,

these precious kids will no longer be home.

Sleeping angels? Oh yes they are

And if I could wish upon a star,

I'd want to be able to keep them somehow,

just the ages that they are right now.

~ LaDonna

Works for Me Wednesday - 1-Minute Hot Breakfast

My hubby introduced this concept to me a few months ago. It's become our preferred way for a super quick hot breakfast.

Lightly spray the inside of a coffee mug with cooking spray. Break 1 or 2 eggs into the mug.

Add a small splash of milk. Mix with a fork. Add in your favorite extras: salt, pepper, shredded cheese, hot sauce, or whatever you'd like. Microwave the mug on high for 45-60 seconds. It's done.

Eat it from the mug. Or put it on a plate with a side of toast. Or put it on a toasted bagel with a slice of ham and cheese and you've got yourself an egg-mcmuffin breakfast in approximately 2 minutes.

It works for me!

One of Those Days

It's one of those days. Those challenging, wish-I-could-go-back-to-bed days. My head knows that I must plug away at what is before me today. My body is resisting with all its worth!

So I have a 2-step challenge before me. First, to carry on with diligence despite the fact that I'm tired. To press on and be my best for my family. To do this with a pleasant attitude will take this challenge to the second level.

Of course the surprising part is this: when you act pleasant and joyful, you will find that you truly become pleasant and joyful! Eventually you don't have to "act." I'm not there yet - at this point it's still a struggle - but I expect that a few hours from now I will find myself feeling better and being thankful that I got-up-and-did-it instead of going back to bed!

Proverbs 11:27 - He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

I'm off to look for all things good in my day today.

Family Photo Friday


Happy October to you!
As is my Friday custom, I will be sharing a few photos from our week.

My son has always had a thing for getting into laundry baskets. So here is yet another shot, with the big cheesy grin and the laundry basket.

My kids enjoyed playing with blocks this week. My daughter made a grand entrance to a palace, including little people and a personal train at the doorstep and all!

My son with his blocks. He likes to use this little forklift to move his blocks around.

And here is a picture of Eli - the little guy I'm watching during the day. 7 and 1/2 months. He's a happy guy, giving lots of smiles these days. He also discovered our bird this week and is quite fascinated.

Enjoy your weekend!