Saturday, May 18, 2013
The kids and I have been scoring big at local yard sales. We have found many, MANY of the things we will need if we soon have toddlers in our home. I am pleased that we have been able to find so many things for so little. It is truly a blessing!
As you can imagine it is a big job to think of and shop for everything a family of five like this might need. (Particularly shopping USED!) However, God has always provided everything we needed and more...so I am not worried. Should this adoption fall through and these things be unneeded we are planning to make donations to Mount Pleasant Christian Church's In His Name ministry and the MPCC Preschool. That is certainly possible. We may end up with an older sibling group.
Here is my list of things we are looking for. Several of these we will probably purchase new (toddler mattresses!) unless we find them from a friend or relative. If you have anything on my list to sell or give away let me know...I will be happy to come by and pick it up!
Boy 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T
Girl 2T, 3T, 4T
Cloth training pants
3 Bunk Beds- twin/futon or twin/double
Twin or Full mattresses. We have three new twins...we will need a total of five big kid beds.
2-3 4-drawer chest of drawers
Twin, Full sheets and blankets
3 Toddler Beds
3 Toddler/Crib Mattresses
Toddler/Crib Sheets, blankets
Dining Table large enough to seat 8, 8+ chairs (I've seen several, but most are only 6 chairs.)
1-2 used large dorm fridge
Little Tikes type riding toys
Sand Box or Water Table
Little People or LP Toys like the ones pictured above.
I'm eyeing a couple full sized picnic tables at Sam's. (We have no deck furniture to speak of.) I think they are $119 each. Have you seen them cheaper somewhere else? Shoot me an email or a message if you see some outstanding sales on any of the above. I appreciate the help of those extra eyes shopping! :)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Seven years ago this month David and I were fast tracking our first home study in the hopes that we would be chosen to parent three adorable children who badly needed a home, a Mommy and a Daddy. Our prayers were answered. We were chosen. Our lives have never been the same. God is so good.
A year or so ago we started feeling the tug to expand our family. It didn't seem possible at the time...but the tug was there all the same. A few weeks ago that tug became more than just a tug. We started to think that maybe there was another sibling adoption in our future. We started looking at sibling groups in foster care in Indiana. One particular group has captured our attention. They are the reason we decided to take the next step.
So. This is where we are at…
We are working with Johnson County Children’s Services. David and I are taking foster care classes with the end goal of adopting. At this time we do not intend to foster…but we will be licensed when we are through with these classes, and our home study is completed.
David and I both feel strongly that God is leading us to adopt another sibling group. There is a group of five that have grabbed our attention. There are several other smaller sibling groups eligible to adopt in Indiana, and bound to be more than that before it is all said and done.
Anyway. The long and the short of it is this… We feel very strongly about this particular family of five. Very, very strongly. I cannot explain it to you other than to say…I feel we must pursue them. When you first hear about them…I’m sure you will think we are off our rockers. However, I believe this is where God is leading us to go…and I cannot say no. We may end up with a totally different situation…but this is the family that lit the fire under us and got us started down this road again. They are: 16 year old girl, 13 year old girl, 3 year old boy, 2 year old boy, 2 year old girl.
Ideally in a situation like this where you want to adopt but already have children in the home…you want to see the adopted children come in younger in birth order than your existing family. This scenario does not bend to that. I have talked at length to our friend, Meg, who is the director of our former adoption agency. She immediately discouraged us from considering this sibling group for that reason… We kinda dropped it for a while…thinking we would go with a younger, smaller sibling group…and we may yet! But this week I again started to feel a tug toward this group. It flies in the face of reason…but that may be why we are supposed to pursue it. I don’t know. We will have to wait and see after our home study is complete whether or not their circle of social workers and care givers think we are a good choice for them. (Again, we must endure the scrutiny of being ‘chosen’. :P)
Many people are struggling to understand why we would want to do this. They think things are good for us where we are. Life IS GOOD where we are. However, David and I both feel strongly that we are called to do more.
No one has really asked, but just in case you are wondering... the kids are 100% on board. We have been talking about this at length for weeks now. They are excited, but they also know it will be a tough road ahead. The most amazing thing happened though. Brittany said to me... "Momma! They really must come live with US, because WE know what it is like to be adopted...and we can talk about it with them. Who else can do that?" That is really deep for a 12 year old. I almost cried.
So. That is where we are at. David and I took our first foster class Tuesday night. We have an online class to complete this weekend…then we take the 3rd class next Thursday. Our fourth and final class is June 1st. It is an all day adoption specific class. We had to completely redo our home study because this is a totally different type of adoption than the first…being from foster care…AND it has been SEVEN years THIS MONTH since the first home study. It is not lost on me that we could end up with a very similar ‘gotcha’ anniversary… Not lost on me at all.
Prayer Request: We are actively looking for a used 15 passenger van. Under the current circumstances…looking at the group we want…we think that we will only sell the van and keep both the GTI and the Civic. I believe the blue book on the Odyssey is going to be about $7-9k depending on whether we trade it in or sell it outright. We are looking at used vans in the $19-25k-ish range so that with the sale of the Odyssey we would bring our financed portion down to less than $15k ideally. We could afford more, but I don’t want to waste money on a car payment any longer than we have to. Also, there is the Sonesta house to consider should we ever have trouble renting it…I doubt that will be the case…but better safe than sorry.
Thank you to those of you who have had words of encouragement for us. You have no idea how much that has meant to us. We will keep you posted.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Inauguration Day 2013
Oath of Office Copywork
In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address at the
U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
I had a terrible time finding any copywork or other fun stuff to do today to mark Inauguration Day 2013. No matter what are party affiliations or political feelings are I think it is important to instill in our children respect for the Presidency. The following link is a free copywork page I made today commemorating the same Oath of Office that all of our Commanders in Chief has taken since George Washington first spoke these words as he became the very first President of the United States.
Please feel free to share this free resource by linking back through this page.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
6th Gotcha Anniversary
July 4th weekend 2012
Just in case you didn't catch my facebook and twitter posts earlier this week and last, I had the opportunity to guest blog over at JenniferAJanes.com the last two weeks...for her Be Fully Persuaded series. I shared a condensed version of our adoption story. The first part I feel good about. The second is very...abbreviated. I plan on re-writing a fuller account of our story at some future point,..but for now at least you can have the highlights.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
If you are following along with us, we are on week 2 of a 31 week sermon series based on The Story at MPCC. Here at Best Homeschool Academy we are bringing our study of the Bible along side the sermon series reading and memorizing a few verses for each week. Many churches have or are on a similar study track...so I am sharing our copywork/memory verse printables for you to use with your children and share... (Please link back through this page.)