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)!

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Family Day in May!

We sadly couldn’t get together in April which has only happened a few times that we absolutely couldn’t all get together for an entire month.  It just seemed like one thing kept happening after another.

May came pretty quickly and it was perfect, because we all met up at the hotel my parents were at in Corpus Christi, Texas and it was soo fun!

Brielle hasn’t really been feeling too well lately and I was questioning if we should go, but thankfully she hung in there, and had a fun time! Shane and I got there and the kids really wanted to go to the pool first, so that’s exactly what we did.  I cannot believe how much be ALL 3 of the kiddos improved with their swimming skills over the past few months! So proud of them!

We then all changed and went to lunch and went back to the hotel for all 3 kids to take a nap (which is when my brother and Julia  arrived and hung out in the hotel a little bit before going and staking our place out at the beach).

We had to wake the kids up from their naps (surprisingly everyone was okay with that) and immediately walked over to the beach and the kids were having SO much fun building sand castles, running in the water and splashing, and getting sand everywhere!

Overall, very fun day and I am so blessed and honored to be able to get together once again for another month, continuing the tradition in Rochelle’s honor.  ♥

Here are some fun pictures from the day:

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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!

You say jump.. I say how high?

As we somehow made it happen again, we all got together for another monthly family day!
Since it was taking place in Victoria, TX today, we thought of a few places the kids might like such the zoo, the park, Peter piper pizza, etc. and ultimately decided on going to Peter Piper Pizza first for a couple of hours and eat lunch there, and then head to the park.
First and foremost, the kids are all at the ages now where they can play a lot of the games, without our help, which ultimately makes them happier and more independent. They go through the typical roller coaster of emotions (love, hate, laughter,cry) every time they all hang out, but those moments when they are getting along (more often than not, thank goodness) are oh so sweet!!

We made a quick stop to Target, to look for a princess watch for Emma, and for a coffee stop! Thank goodness!

After that, we made our way to the park, or so we thought. Well on our way, we passed this amazing looking trampoline place (HangTime  Trampoline), and knew we had to take the kids there. We make a quick U-turn and decided to check it out and see what it’s all about! It was a bit pricy for only 1 hour, but we had so-much-fun!!

After that hour, we decided to all spend the rest of the time at the park, playing, and just enjoying this beautiful day!

The kids had some meltdowns since they had to skip taking their naps, but overall, pulled through and made it such a great day!! I am so happy to keep honoring Rochelle, the best way we know how, and that is by being together as a family♡.

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