The “talk”


So on Monday,  I had to do the thing that I have been dreading since the day the boys came to us and they said “they might be up for adoption one day in your near future” to Shane and I.  Little did I know though, that the process to get here would take this long, and take such an emotional toll on everyone involved.

After termination of rights happen (which you can find a little more about what happened at our trial here), then CPS must tell the children what is about to happen, and that they will only have one more visit with their parents known as the “goodbye visit”.

The legal worker arrived on Monday afternoon to our house, and spoke to me outside for a minute stating that she would like me to start the conversation with the boys and she will feed off what I say, and then allow them to ask any questions that they are wondering/thinking.

I can’t go into a LOT of detail about word for word on how the conversation went, but let let me tell you..telling them that they will no longer have any contact with their parents after this last visit, and knowing how much that must truly hurt to hear, pulled at my mama heart strings so much.

I know the conversation needed to happen, especially for my 8 year old foster son because he was the one was so bonded to them, and wanted his parents to “stop doing bad stuff”, so he could go back home to them. He broke down sobbing when he realized what was happening, and I just held him so tight in his room while he weeped into my chest.  It truly broke my heart.  My 6 year old foster son, definitely handled the news way better than I thought he would, but he could be masking his emotions as well.  His phrase after myself and the legal worker were done talking was “that’s great, now we can get adopted!” and my 3 year just told me “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and then started laughing.  I even broke it down into toddler terms, and I am not quite sure he even understood it then.

I hope and pray that God continues to give them strength, just like it says in Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”.

Please keep the Johnsons in your thoughts and prayers as we are transitioning into new and abundant stages in our life and our journey! ♥♥

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We have a winner!

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Thank you so MUCH to everyone that entered into my giveaway! I have sent off an email to the winner and hope to hear back from her soon!

I just wanted to give all of you amazing followers of my blog a little bit of thanks, because you all have seriously changed my life for the better, and made me a better blogger/person!

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My 16 year old self

Do you ever think of what you would have told yourself 10 years ago?  I cannot believe that it has already been 10 years and I would love to share with what I would tell my old self now.

First I would like to tell myself that not having your first serious boyfriend at this age, is not the worst thing in the world.  I would tell myself that you must love yourself before any one else can love you.

Start focusing on college.  Your grades from freshman year really start to set the tone of where you might attend college.  Take it seriously and take as many college classes you can while in high school to save money in the long hall.

Your best friends that you thought you never live without, will change.  People change over time and grow into the person they truly are, and some will stay with you for the rest of your life, and some simply wont.  It’s ok, because God will bring new people into your life over time. 🙂

Trust in yourself.  No one can make you believe in yourself, no one can write those long essays in college for you, or make excellent grades for you, or get that job that will change your life forever and make you want to change careers.  Only you can make that choice.

Last but not least, I would have told my 16 year self that bullies are usually insecure about themselves, which is most likely why they would be so rude to you or anyone else.  I would tell myself to not take it personally and really just focus on the true meaning of a friendship and realize those are the people that matter the most. Also, don’t be afraid to tell people about the bullying.  Hopefully your story can stop that person from doing it to someone else.