There is so much to catch you guys up on! The good, the bad, and the ugly!
- My girls are thriving. Even seven months after bringing Amelia home, I have to pinch myself that she is HERE!
- My dad is healing beautifully, and we pray for continued healing.
- Our house is on the market. Not sure that this is for the “good” category, but it’s not “bad” or “ugly.”
- Our foster care certification classes are fascinating. You should really take them!
- We continue to meet local friends who are adopting, or CURRENT friends moving towards adoption!! Joy, joy, joy!
- I’ve gotten to teach Bible lessons more than ever lately! (MOSTLY because of my awesome housemate Chelsey who is over the girls in the youth group and kindly gets me classes!) It is a blessing.
- Our friend “Jay” has not been adopted after all. After living many weeks with who he thought would be his adoptive parents, he was recently flown back to his group home in Alabama. We’ve told him to call us when he’s ready to hang out, but he doesn’t call. We have no idea what happened, but we’re heartbroken for him. And we’re not really sure whether we should push him to come visit us??
- I learned in our foster care classes that only 1-5% of children who age-out of foster care become productive citizens – (“productive” = not homeless, on drugs, etc.) Geez. We (all Christians!) have to do something!
- Amelia is getting over a nasty little rash virus called Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease, AKA Fifth’s Disease. Poor baby!
- Yesterday, I started training for a half marathon that is in early March. I cannot run. Yesterday’s training = walking with enough bounce to feign a run. I may give up next week. If I do, forget I ever wrote this. You see why this goes in the “ugly” category!
- We finish foster care certification classes in mid November. We were taking these classes to be certified for “down the road,” and do nothing but “foster weekend babysit” in the meantime. We’re beginning to realize that DHR will actually start asking us to TAKE in foster children AS SOON AS we’re certified!!! AHH!! Sure, we can say NO to taking children if it’s not the right time for our family, but that seems downright UGLY! So who knows what will happen… eek!