Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's Been a Week

And what a difference a week makes!

I am sitting here watching Alaina and Jay play in the bathtub thinking of all of the ways my life has changed in the last seven days. It truly boggles the mind.

First of all, there hasn't been an infant in the house in 6 years. (Jack will be 7 in April). I had forgotten how things revolve around their schedules and feedings and naps. I had also forgotten how much stuff you have to tote around every time you leave the house!

Secondly, there are toddlers in a house that is no longer toddler-proof. We needed cabinet locks, baby gates, toilet locks, outlet covers and all kinds of medicine droppers. We also needed a high chair, sippy cups, cribs, bath toys, and lots of diapers and wipes.

Thirdly, I need eyes in the back of my head! These kids are quick. And they are in to EVERYTHING! Since these are foster kids, you can use your imagination to think of what their home life was like. Sooo, they are very curious about things that they have probably never seen before. I have to watch them every second.

There are more changes, but this is all I have time for. I feel fortunate that I was able to get this much done.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Quick update

Very quick.

We have three new little ones living us right now. Alaina, Jaylen and Brianna arrived yesterday afternoon and will definitely be here through the new year. Alaina is the oldest and is 2 1/2. Needless to say, our house is CRAZY right now. I would love to post some pictures, but that will have to wait. When things settle down, I will post more.

We appreciate all of our friends and family who have helped out the last couple of days and brought stuff over for the little ones. Thanks a bunch, everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Adoption Update, Number 4

I think it's number 4. It might be number 5. I can't remember.

Anyway, our social worker came today for our last visit and to bring us our certificate. We are now officially licenced foster/adoptive parents.

Actually, we got put into the computer yesterday. And, we almost had two little girls yesterday. Our social worker called us around 8:30 yesterday morning and asked if we would be willing to take two sisters that were taken into custody the night before. They were 18 months old and 8 months old. We said yes.

Let me tell you, all heck broke loose over here.

Todd was already at work, so I called in reinforcements in the form of Meme (my mom) and Gran (Todd's mom). I needed to straighten up, pick up all of the very small toys that a baby and toddler can put in their mouths (and believe me, there were ALOT), find the crib, put it together, and countless other things.


Chaos reigned for about an hour and a half.

Then, the social worker called again and said they weren't coming. They had had an emergency hearing and the judge gave custody to the father.

What a letdown! After all of that running around and getting ready and trying to figure out what the next few days were going to be like, it was like someone popped my balloon. Curt was really disappointed as well. Jack didn't seem to be bothered at all, but he is pretty flexible.

But, in spite of the disappointment, we learned some valuable lessons. The first thing we learned is that this could happen pretty quickly. We have decided that it is probably a good idea to set up the crib and just leave it up in case we need it.

Something else we figured out was that we probably need to find some of the baby things and get them washed and ready for a spur of the moment placement. These little girls yesterday didn't even have shoes and socks!!

The most important thing we learned, however, was to be ready and willing to do whatever God would have us do. We don't have any idea what our family will look like in the weeks and months to come, but we do know that God has a plan for our family. And, that plan will ultimately be for good and for His glory if we follow his leading.

Stay tuned!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter Wonderland

This is what we woke up to this morning:

Todd and I were up at 5:45 this morning. He got up to run, but came back in to tell me that it was snowing. The weather forecast last night called for flurries, but no accumulation.

They were wrong!

I know that this does not look like much snow, but for here in South Louisiana, it is ALOT!
We did wake the boys up to let them play in it. I was afraid that it would all melt as soon as the sun came up, but it actually stuck around until noon. It was so unexpected and fun!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Photo

This is the photo that is on our Christmas card.
If you live close to me, you won't be getting a Christmas card. I see you all of the time, you don't need a picture of me! :)

If I don't have your address, you won't get one either. But, hey, you're looking at it now!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas on the Bayou

This is what I have been doing for the last week and a half.

Our church's annual Christmas program is the first weekend in December. The week before we practice every night from 6:00-8:00. The children's choir also sings in the program, so the boys were at church every night with us. By the time we get home and get jammies on and boys into bed, I am too tired to post.

Last night was our last performance, so here I am.

This year's program was Christmas on the Bayou, the story of the Lonesome Coyote Hunting Club. Todd and I were both in the choir and Curt was in the choir and was a shepherd in the little nativity. Jack declined to participate.

If I can figure out how to post a video, I will post one of Todd's solo. I'm sure he'll love that!