A Few of Our Favorite Things

I thought that having kids would give me abundantly more to say on here, and it has. The problem is there is so much to say and so many emotions that I can’t seem to sort through them well enough to articulate them.

So in the mean time I will tell you some of our new favorite activities (and by our I obviously mean the girls);

Rain Drops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens…
Not really, that song is only one of my favorites. If I tried to get my family to sit still for the movie, Clint would fast forward through all the songs and the girls would cheer him on (true story: that’s exactly what he did when I tried to make him watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He just doesn’t get it.).

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Sorry (the board game). Can I just tell you, they changed this game. They added tokens called Fire and Ice “power ups”. The ice one we have figured out and we play with it regularly, but even after reading the instruction 3 times I could not for the life of me understand what to do with Fire! Anyway, I have to keep both eyes on the game because I have 2 cheaters and one who is still trying to understand the concept of a board game.

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Mickey Mouse Memory, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and all other things Mickey Mouse. For the record, 4-year-olds do not have the attention span to play a matching game with 64 pieces (that may be an exaggeration). Also, I do not love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I miss classic Mickey Mouse. The characters lack.. well.. character! And at any point in time during the day you can walk through my house and hear “Oh toodles!!” being yelled by the TV, kids, or Clint…

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Toodles is the odd floating head next to Mickey. He has a face most the time and he is their gadget that helps fix things, aren’t you so thankful for the useful information I fill your head with?

Kids Songs. Squirrely (the younger of the two) is very inquisitive and if we are in the car she will ask a million questions about ridiculous things that I cannot answer. My patience for this grew thin after a month so I had an idea one day in the car; Kids Songs! Oh my it was a hit, and not just for Squirrely but Lilttle Momma (the older of the two) LOVES them as well. We sing the baby bumblebee song, tiny turtle, days of the week, The B-I-B-L-E, and Zacchaeus pretty much every day. That’s fine. I will sing about smashing a bumblebee any day if it means I do not have to listen to One Direction. (Every song sounds the SAMEEE)


On that note, I need some more kids song, so feel free to leave suggestions!

Leggings. Ok, if you know me you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when people wear leggings as pants. THEY ARE NOT PANTS. If you want to wear them with a long shirt that covers all your parts, fine, but wearing them as a substitute for jeans is not ok past like 2 year old.
This is a concept that was never taught to my girls. They have more leggings than all other clothing items combined. We have had to take a shopping trip to find shirts that are long enough to be my version of acceptable with leggings. And I am about to cave on Jeggings. It’s just a battle I can’t fight anymore.

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I don’t really love these greeting card things, but this one seemed appropriate.

Their favorite part about living with us (as they informed the caseworker) is church =). We love that. It has made such an impact in their lives that BioMom has started attending a local church so that they can keep it in their lives when they go home (as long as everything keeps going the way it is currently going). We are thrilled about that, we know that Jesus is the only one who can fix a broken family and make something beautiful out of it.

That is the hope that I cling to every day for my girls.

Anyway, thanks for reading!
All you friendlies that I don’t get to see on a regular basis: I miss you!

*Kels

 

Exhaustion=My Life

Well, 

For those of you who have not heard yet, we got kids on Wednesday! We have an 8 year old and a 4 year old. They are sisters. I’m pretty sure I can’t say much more than that on the world wide web, but we are having a blast.
Life has changed tremendously, for example I’m tired ALL THE TIME. Ok, so, that’s not really all that different, but I am really tired. On top of being tired I got sick like a day before the girls came to live with us, and it has just gotten worse. And now Clint has it =). I’m good at sharing. 

Enough about us, I’m sure you’d rather hear more about the girls.

I can’t post pictures, and I can’t tell you their story, but I can tell you about them and a little bit of what our life has looked like so far.

The older one is quite the mother hen. I think she is very used to being the boss, so that has been a bit of a battle. She is so sweet, and a great helper though. She especially loves to help me cook. She also loves music, she conned Clint in to starting a “rock band” with her and she makes him practice every day. She also loves softball which Clint is thrilled about, because he is dying to have someone to play sports with.

The younger one is so sweet, and very compliant. We rarely have a hard time getting her to do what she is supposed to do. She is very affectionate, loves to be held, and is quite the chatter box. She told us tonight to “please turn down the music so you can hear me singing” =). She constantly tells us she loves us and never wants to be in a room alone. 

Those are our girls in a nutshell. They have already wiggled their way right into our hearts, and took no time at all making our house their home. Tomorrow they get to see their mom and they are so excited =). I am excited for them. 
I haven’t met her yet, but it seems like she loves them, and is really trying to make a better life for them. 
So now you are all caught up =).

I will keep you posted!

Thanks for reading.

Kels

Today’s Life

So here is the scoop:

We got our license for foster care about 2 weeks before we left for a 3 week trip home for Christmas.And then there was silence.
Until about 2 days after we got to Oklahoma (Who is surprised?), and it was perfect. A 3 and a 5 year old. So we prayed about it, called our case worker and said that we would be home in 7 hours.
But they had already found a placement.

We haven’t had another call.

I know that God’s timing is perfect (and, for that matter, God’s timing is the only timing). So we will wait. Anxiously. And we will pray every day for the kids that God is planning to place in our home eventually.

Thank you all for caring enough to want updates on our lives. We love you all.

Kels

Visit

I know to most people “going to grandma’s” for a visit is a weekly event, but for my family it happened once or twice a year. 
My grandparents lived 13 hours away (both sets), and as a kid I didn’t understand the value of those two weeks every summer in this tiny little town that felt a little bit like Mayberry. 

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But now I am all grown up. I am so thankful for those two weeks every summer that we spent in New Mexico visiting family. I cherish the memories made of fishing with my grandpa, an m&m machine that operated off of pennies, orange push-pops, guitars on the lawn, and home-made ice cream.

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I don’t get to go very often anymore, the whole grown up thing tends to get in the way but I hope that my family knows how much I love them, and how much I really do enjoy “going to grandma’s.”

 

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Today is the Day!

It happened!!!!

I got the call 15 minutes ago. Our license has been signed and mailed out. We are officially on Buckner’s roster as foster parents! This means that we could get a call at any time for a placement starting today. Our license will be here next week. WOOOOOO! 

When she said those words my heart pounded. This is it! It is exciting and at the same time a little bit terrifying. All the things that we don’t have started racing through my mind. We don’t have RIT (which I was told was important for when you get foster kids), we don’t have pajamas (why am I worried about having pajamas?), we don’t have kid-friendly dishes (like they care, right?). 

I realize that my thoughts are currently ridiculous and irrational, but those are the things that went through my head ha. 

Thank you all for praying with us through this process, it has been a waiting game that has tried my nerves and patience and I am so glad we have such an awesome support system that we could trust and lean on! You guys are the best!

So I will update again when we get a placement, or maybe before if we do anything super exciting.. =) 

~Kels

News

Don’t get too excited, we are still not licensed.

I heard from our agency today, she said they were 100% fished with our home study (6 weeks later)!! It’s ok, we are glad they are thorough when reviewing their foster parents. She said they have to upload it to something or other and it has to be accepted which can take 24-48 hours…
*Don’t you love how dedicated I am to the details?*

AFTER it’s been accepted they will have one of the directors sign a copy and our license will be sealed up and mailed our direction!!!

So we are looking at being licensed by the middle of next week! =) =)

I want to get really excited right now, but last time they gave us a time frame they underestimated by a month so I am containing my joy until our license is hanging on our wall… 
Again I want to clarify, I am not upset with our agency. They are wonderful. I am just annoyed by the process. 

Ok, that’s all I have for you tonight. It’s finals week, so pray that my brain doesn’t melt and I can finish my LAST FINALS EVER (because next semester is an internship) quickly and efficiently. 

*Clarification: by EVER, I meant until we start seminary classes…. School never really ends, there is no light at the end of the tunnel because the tunnel is a figment of the imagination.*

Another Update in the Never Ending Story

Well, yesterday I got another email from our agency. 
4 weeks ago we were told that our license would *probably* be here within the next 2 weeks. 

Yesterday I was told that the paperwork is making its second round through all of the necessary channels to be perfected. We have decided that planning on having kids by Thanksgiving is officially out of the question, so we are praying for early December.

On a more positive note, this semester is almost over so my stress level is decreasing with every paper I turn in, and I made this cute thing for my living room the other day!

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More updates to come! 

Kels