Wednesday, February 29, 2012


It's very hard, the not knowing.  We keep getting calls out of the blue saying that two of our former foster daughters may be coming back to us.  Their lawyer is pushing very hard for that to happen, but she can't seem to get anyone to agree with her.  They are with an uncle who is not doing a good job of looking out for their safety.  However, he's also not doing bad enough that the system is willing to remove the girls.  Until then we just keep getting asked to come to court again and throw our whole lives into upheaval.  We've repainted and moved beds around and gotten the boys to all share one room so that we can have a room available at any time for the girls.  I know God has a plan, but it's hard not knowing what it is.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Molly's Baby Shower

 Molly's baby shower turned out very nice.  Several ladies from church came and several others dropped off gifts.  Molly's baby girl was very blessed.  I think Molly had a nice time, too.  We had fun decorating our Sunday school classroom with a jungle animal theme.  She's been trying out various names including Layla, Rose, Bethany, and an "A" name I can't remember.  The first name she thought of was "Jordan", but our daughter, "Hoops" liked it so much she decided to choose it for her new name when she gets adopted.  I can't wait to see my first grandbaby.  She's due April 19th!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Danya, Gloria, and Jordan are all in the older girls group of AWANA called TNT, which stands for Truth and Training.  These fourth through sixth grade girls got together for a photo scavenger hunt in February.  They met up at the mall on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  Each team was given two pages of photos and a time limit.  They ran all over the mall trying to find the exact location each photo was taken in.  Some were easy.  Some were impossibly hard.

They laughed, they giggled, they tried on funny accessories.  They even took pictures with the guy in the giant cookie costume.  Afterwards, Danya took her sisters and a couple of her friends, Lauren and Sarah, out to the movies to see "Hugo", which turned out to be a very good movie.  It was a great day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Options Fun Day 2012

I'm not sure whose idea a "Fun Day" was, but my kids certainly enjoyed it.  They got to do a three-legged race and play games after school.  It's always nice to have a little extra time to play with friends when the school day is done.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Homeschool Daddy Daughter Dance 2012

We went to the big Daddy Daughter dance for all the different Options locations this year.  Unfortunately, I didn't verify where it was located.  We were running late to begin with.  Then we showed up at the kids' Options school location.  That was about 30 minutes North of our house.  It was closed.  So we called a friend who told us that the dance was being held about an hour South of where we were.  Ugh.  The girls were very worried that they'd miss the dance.  We missed the first half.

It was much bigger and nicer than I'd imagined it would be.  It felt like a high school prom.  They had a masked ball theme.  There was a whole room for refreshments with all kinds of foods including a chocolate fountain.  At the end, Jordan won a prize in the drawing.  She got a 3 bedroom cabin up in Estes Park for a weekend!  We're all looking forward to going.  The girls enjoyed getting their hair and makeup done and shopping for new dresses and shoes for the night.  By the time we were painting finger nails, Daniel was getting pretty antsy to go.  He had already put on the tux he'd rented for the night and taken the van through a car wash.  Men have no idea what the most important parts of a special night are.  I was very glad that the young trumpet player from our church band, Luke, was willing and available to babysit.  I was able to take pictures and try not to cry every time they played a special "daddy daughter" song while Daniel danced with each of his girls.

Super Why Birthday

Katie, my youngest biological child, has turned three years old.  It seems a little unreal to me.  I keep thinking "this is my last time to..." with everything she and "Happy" do.  As far as I know, we aren't having any more babies.  We're in the final stages of toddlerhood for our family forever.  I know there will be grandchildren some day, but it's not the same.

Her party was fun and noisy, just like a three year old birthday party should be.  Several of her friends from church came to share her special day.  She dressed up in her Super Katie costume because her favorite "Super Why" character is Super Wyatt.  "Happy" went as Princess Pea.  They were both very cute.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Homeschool Valentine Party

This year we hosted the H.U.G.G. for Life Homeschool Group's Valentine's Day party.  We had crafts and food followed by a Valentine's box judging contest.  Everyone said it was a lot of fun.  We even had about the right amount of guests.  Many more and it would have been a mad house.  I'm not sure if we'll do it again next year, but I enjoyed pulling it together and the kids really appreciated it.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jordan's 10th Bday Party

Selina and Maleah came to Jordan's tenth birthday party.  We went to McDonald's for dinner then played at Chuck E. Cheese.  That place was PACKED on a Saturday night!  She had a Hello Kitty theme for her party.  Her friend, Maleah, gave Jordan a big Hello Kitty stuffed animal from Build-A-Bear.  That was probably the coolest gift she got.  We gave her yarn and fancy duct tape to make projects with among other things that were on her wish list.  The girls giggled like crazy and generally had a great time.

Monday, February 06, 2012


Best friends, sisters, partners in crime.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Love Comes to Visit

 Our former foster daughters, Molly and Selina, went to church with us and spent the weekend at our house.  We took some seven months photos of Molly.  I still can't believe she's going to be a mommy soon.  She's been the daughter of my heart since she was 12 years old.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Jordan's Double Digits

 Jordan turned 10 in February.  We had a mini blizzard hit that day, so her official party got postponed a week.  Still, she did get to have Molly and Selina over.  She and Selina had a sleep over in the basement on the fold out couch.  I'm still dealing with some sadness over the fact that I didn't really get to be her mom for the first decade of her life.  She's halfway to adulthood, and it's hard to think that I have so little time with her.

What an amazing young woman she is.  Jordan is tall and beautiful, smart and funny.  She's kind to younger kids and talks easily with adults.  She's patient while I take hours to do her hair.  Her creativity shows in the drawings and crochet projects she makes.  Her fun sense of humor matches mine, in some ways.  For instance, when we were at Best Buy looking at electronics I came over to her and Selina to ask what they were doing.

They were listening to music on the big stereos.  So, I made a funny face and started doing a goofy dance.  Jordan burst out laughing, but Selina turned bright red and ran off in embarrassment.  Ah, the fun of being a mom and getting to embarrass your kids!  Of course, Jordan just gets my craziness and tops it.  She'd be the first to jump right in and start doing an even goofier dance.  It's so much fun being her mom!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Pizza for Books

My kids have been doing the Pizza Hut Book-It program again this year.  They've been doing a great job reading.  I've been doing a not-so-great job of giving them their certificates and taking them to get their pizzas.  I always seem to be behind on this for some reason.  So, just lately, I've taken them a LOT to use their certificates.  They are probably getting sick of all the mini pizzas by now.  Or not.  They are kids, after all.