Five..Six..Pick up sticks?

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I cannot believe that we have another birthday in our house! Our five year old foster son turned six  on Feb. 18th(even though he did not pick up sticks on his birthday, he did a couple days after to help Shane mow the lawn, lol).

He now weighs 47 pounds and is 48″ tall(done at home, he has not had his well check yet)! It truly amazes me with how much he has grown with us in just a few months!

He is definitely the happiest child of all of our five children, he even has gained Brielle as a good friend (which is hard to do because she is a LOT to deal with at times, lol), and he loves to just go and explore all that life has to offer.

He is currently in Kindergarten and has just done SO well in school so far, and definitely has a passion for all things learning.  He even loves when I do learning activities at home and is so proud of himself when he gets something right.

His favorite foods are pizza, mac & cheese, and broccoli.

He loves to participate in sports, and cannot wait to start baseball soon!

To celebrate his birthday we all had a cake at home, my parents came down to celebrate nd then we all went to coast in Corpus Christi for the weekend.  It was SUCH a blast and I think his favorite part was going in the ocean, for sure!

I cannot wait to see what this year brings for him! I will leave you all with some pictures (of course they have to be blurred while he is in foster care) but let me just tell you.. he is as handsome as ever!

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©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

It already happened

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I think every foster parent (or most parents really) get to the point of just feeling very overwhelmed.

We often do everything for our children (cooking, cleaning, laundry,school, counseling, sports, church, and any extra activities).  We take them to everything, because we wouldn’t have it any other way.

But at times, it gets overwhelming when you are doing all that for 5 children.  Each child needs love, attention, affection, and all of their needs met, to be able to grow and develop appropriately.

Let’s just say that I needed God more than ever last week.  I went to Bible study with the intention of digging deeper into the Bible and just really appreciate all of what God has given me in my life, but what happened next was truly amazing.

At the end of each lesson, the Pastor and the Minister ask if anyone needs prayer.  Well, I am always hesitant to get up in front of people (I have anxiety about that) but I couldn’t resist the pull that was happening to me, and I knew I had to go up to the front.

I told the Pastor in her ear about what was happening to me in my life, and she leaned me back and said to me “God just told me it already happened,” and I of course broke down in tears, knowing that God did place these kids in my life for a specific reason.

For me to raise them, love on them, nurture them, and watch them grow into such amazing and astounding individuals.  To watch each of the foster children find a special place in our home and in our heart, is so amazing to me and I am so glad that God forgives me for the moments that I do not lead with grace, and pats me on the back when I do.

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I know that this year is going to mean some major things are going to happen with us and that we must depend on our faith to get us through it all.

Thank you so much for the kind comments, prayers, and hope for the Johnson family!!♥♥♥

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Feeling defeated..

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So as promised, I decided to not tell you all when the next Trial for my boys was going to take place.. because, well truthfully, I didn’t want to get my hopes up…or anyone else’s for that matter.

Well, the trial was supposed to be today.  The trial that would determine whether the parents of the three boys that we have would either relinquish their parental rights, or if the court was going to go forward with the termination of their rights.  It was the third time since they have been with us (for almost 3 months) that this trial has been moved back, and we just figured that they couldn’t possibly move the trial date again.. or could they?

Well.. Sunday afternoon I get a text from the legal worker (mind you.. I just had a very long and exhausting day at work and I was not in the mood to deal with bad news) stating that the Judge would not be in appearance for the trial on Monday (today) and that he wants to move the date back again to another day, but that the new date has not yet been determined.

I was mad/frustrated/angry/upset..well, you get the point.  I just didn’t know how much more “bad news” I could handle when it came to my foster children.  I know that these things probably happen all the time.. and while I understand that, I can’t help but feel defeated.

I just feel like us foster parents (who are currently raising other peoples children) are having to go leaps and bounds out of our way to accommodate everything for these children. And while they are so worth it, I just feel like we are underappreciated.

Just looking in these precious children’s eyes, knowing that they depend on us to be their everything, and do what’s best for them.. just breaks my heart.  Shane and I just want to be able to close these bad chapters in their lives, so they could move on.

I may feel defeated and in need of lots of extra prayers, but I will never give up the fight.  These children deserve to feel safe, loved, nurtured and secure just like everyone else, and that’s why we decided to do this in the first place.

The legal team is currently asking the Judge for a “special setting” which is where just our case will be presented in front of the Judge and a verdict would have to be determined on that day. I will most definitely keep you all updated on when that is to be set up.  Hopefully sooner than later.

I appreciate you all, from the bottom of my heart!

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

The phone call that said it all.

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Yesterday I received an unexpected call from baby girls Legal Worker (they are the people that work for the bio parents to help fight for reunification and have a major role in CPS/foster care system), stating that the 6 month hearing that was suppose to take place today, had already occurred last week on Jan. 11th.

I was frustrated because I have never missed a hearing, or trial with any of my foster children, and I didn’t even get the chance to attend because the Legal Worker “forgot to send out change or date notifications” when he saw that the hearing was moved up a week. It’s especially important in baby girls case, because we are being told very limited information about the biological parents and the hearing would have given us the opportunity to see what they have been doing for the last almost 6 months.

I then called baby girls lawyer to see if she knew that it got re-scheduled and she said did not, and was not in attendance at the hearing but she was unaware of the change of date.  She was livid and told the legal worker that he better never “fail to mention the change of date again”.

The Lawyer then proceeded to tell me that she had actually ran into the Legal Worker in the courthouse the day after the hearing and he proceeded to tell her that “the parents are doing all of their scheduled classes, they are staying clean and testing negative on the drug screen, and seem to be doing what is asked of them”.  He then said to her “the record for the father is the one major concern in this case and that the Judge would still like the goal to be reunification with the biological parents”.

I am not going to lie and say I wasn’t angry about the whole ordeal, because then I would be lying and I don’t like to do that, but I will say that I stayed faithful.  Did you know that I actually thanked God for protecting me and my heart from knowing all of the details of the hearing? He knew how much I love and care about this baby girl and would do anything to protect her from any harm.

I can’t go into further details about the case at this time, but I will be able to one day.We are planning to hire a lawyer at the end of this month to fight the case, and will see where God takes us from there.

Please say a sweet prayer for everyone involved in this case that we don’t lose sight of doing what’s best for the baby. Thank you SO much for all of the support each of you have given me/our family during this time.  ♥ (And yes that is my foster daughter in the top of this post, she is so precious)!

©2017 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.