The first Visit

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Well yesterday was the first official visit with our foster child and his parents.  Well, only one parent showed up, but it was really nice and I was super nervous beforehand, not knowing how everything would go.

You see, the thing about this foster process, is that we never really know what to expect or what we are about to walk into.  We know a general synopsis of how it should go, but it never goes that way.

I called his legal worker to let him know that we (me and little man) were there at the office, and I thought he was going to have the supervised room for his parents already set and ready to go when I walk in, and I could just hand him little man and say “see you in an hour”… ya, not what happened at all.

I had to wait in the waiting room while his legal worker was getting the room for the visit(with 2 other people.. one of them being his parent), so I had no way to avoid communication and just kind of introduced myself, started talking about little man and all of the advancements he has made in this last month, and all the sign language he knows and is learning.  It felt good in my heart that when little man saw his parent, he started smiling and acting shy and leaning into me.  He knows who his parents still are, and that’s what is important, especially in this situation.

I watched how they interacted for a little bit from a double-sided window, and how little man was genuinely having a good time, and it felt so good to watch their relationship start to develop again from a different perspective now.  I am so glad that we can help his parent(s) by watching their precious little boy, while they fix what they need to fix in their life, before he goes back.  An hour went by so fast and he and I both were happy to reunite once it was over. His parent was so nice and I was glad that we met.

I have no doubt in my mind that he will be returning home to them in 6-12 months.  We pray hard every day for both little man and his parents that they follow Gods path for their lives, and see this as a second chance at parenting and their own lives, to get clean and stay healthy. We ask if you would please join us in prayer for them as well, as it would be greatly appreciated.

So cheers to the first visit down, and many more to go(they are weekly)!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

10 things before bed!

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When Brielle is going to bed, it used to take forever! Now we have gotten it down(of course after bath is done) to about 5-10 minutes! This 10 on Tuesday, I going to list 10 things Brielle must do before she does to bed.. or else our night routine will not be fun!

Ο  Of course she must take a bath /shower

Ο  Right when she gets out of the bath/shower we play for a couple of minutes and then wind down

Ο She loves to put on her own pull-up/underwear now

Ο Jammies-  She hasn’t gotten to wear she chooses her jammies yet, which we always have layed out for her to put on when she gets out of the bath/shower

Ο  Read books which usually consists of 1-3 books depending on how much time we have

Ο She loves for me to brush her hair and leave it wet and down before bed

Ο Brush teeth (she tries to do this on her own and then either Shane or myself will follow behind her and brush really good)

Ο She plays this game with Shane every night when she turns on all the lights near her room

Ο  I then pick her up and go to her bed to say our nightly prayers with Shane

Ο I then tuck into bed and give her a big kiss and hug and she says “I love you to the moon and stars” and I say “I love you to the moon and back” and close the door, and she goes straight to sleep.

 

I am linking up with Karli from Sept. Farm for today!

10 tools this Tuesday

When building a fence, there are very specific tools that you must use, to make your fence-building experience, work (And a heck of a lot easier)!

For today’s 10 on Tuesday post, I will list 10 tools that we used during our experience and leave you with a few pictures! 🙂

  • heavy duty stapler – 7/16″ and 9/16″ staples
  • level
  • 8″ wire cutter
  • circular saw
  • sawhorses
  • 24 – 1/4 in lag bolts
  • shovel
  • manual post hole digger
  • 2 buckets (water, cement)
  • 8 inch auger

 

 

I am linking up with Karli from Sept. Farm for today’s 10 on Tuesday!

5 quirks this Friday

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If you know me at all, you know I am a bit quirky at times.  I swear I am 90% introvert and 10% Extrovert (but others beg to differ) and I am not good at conversing with people I don’t know.  Here are five quirks about me, this Friday, that you may not know:

  1.  I am very OCD at particular things.  For example, when I wake up, I make up our bed, make sure Brielle makes up her bed, and make sure the guest bedroom is made (in cause our cat happened to sleep on it and messed it up). The bad thing about that is, Brielle has also picked up this habit and wants her sheets a certain way, ALL the time (even when she is sleeping). OCD fail.
  2. I talk to myself when I am completing a task.  I generally catch myself and stop, but sometimes I just continue on, knowing exactly what I am doing (even in HEB–with or without Brielle).
  3. I want things cooked a certain way–and hate it when food gets burned (Shane mostly does this) but I seriously have to set the timer on the microwave, every.single.time I cook something in the oven just to prevent it from happening!
  4. I dance in the car with my child.  Yes I am the mom who is singing along the music and will add a couple of dance moves in there every now and then.  Brielle on the other hand, rocks out every time she hears a song she likes.
  5. I hate when people stare at me. I have gotten better over time, but it used to REALLY bother me, and cause me a lot of anxiety.  Thank goodness I have learned to care less and that people will always be staring at something they find unusual and/or different.

I’m linking up with Karli, who blogs over at September Farm, so head on over to her blog to join the link up party!

Happy FRIDAY!! ❤

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.