Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Foster Care

Well, we have been going through the process of adoption with LDS Family Services for a year and a half (no leads there), so last May we decided to start the foster care licensing process to see about growing our family that way. There is always a lot of paper work involved and interviews, home checks, special rules, etc. We got locks on everything that could possibly hurt anyone and even some locks on things we don't think could hurt anyone, but by law still have to lock up (ever heard of anyone having problems with laundry detergent?). We met a really great case worker through a series of events that could not have been a coincidence, and got licensed a couple of months ago. We just met a great girl on Monday and she is visiting with us to see if we would be a good fit for her. When children are older, they get to be in on the process to help them have a better experience. The state wants the kids to stay in one home and avoid disruption (which means they move to a different foster home) and this is one way to do that. We feel really great about her and get to meet with her again next week. It's so great to think we might soon be having another person in our family. She's older and it might not lead to adoption, but we have so much to give a child and it seems such a waste to not share it. It is very exciting for us and we pray for the Lord's hand to guide those involved, even if they are unaware they are being guided.
We look forward to seeing what happens in the next weeks and months and will keep you updated!

For Thanksgiving we are having our great niece Katie here, Megan another great girl and BYU student and our dear friend Steph. We love having the girls here and will miss our niece Jill who is off with a girlfriend for the holiday. Ellie loves having the girls here and has been waiting all week for them to come (which is a long time for a 3 year old!) She tells me they take too long. Katie came yesterday and it's already a party! I love to entertain and have good food, games and fun with my family. Thanks for coming girls! Doug is off for 5 days and it's awesome! Life is good. We are happy and trying to find ways to make others happy too.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Catch Up

Well, it's been a long time since I last updated! We had an amazing trip to North Carolina to visit my bro and his fabulous wife, and had such a great time! It was so fun just to be together and hang out. They were great to me and Ellie. Doug met up with us in D.C. and we visited his parents and his brother and family, too. We saw lots of sights and had great visits with them too. We have traveled a lot this year and will be going to Minnesota for Christmas for 2 weeks. That makes my total time away from home this year 3 months! Crazy, but very fun!

I was just called to be the Primary president in my ward and it has been very fun. I am learning a lot and enjoying it.

My mom has been here for a long visit and we have been sewing and enjoying being together.

I can't believe it's already November and look forward to Thanksgiving. We are having our niece and adopted nieces here with us and can't wait for the fun to begin. We love having them around and love seeing them so often!