Friday, September 11, 2015

Favorite Things

Well, look at this. No posts for three months, and then three in four days. I really avoided this blog while Joel's been gone. I must of known it would get too whiny on my own. ;) 

Boom Chicka Pop (Target, $3) I already love popcorn, but this is pretty much my favorite of all.

Sinful Colors-Supernova ($2) This has been my favorite color this summer!

Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Pops ($3.50) I've been on a pretty strict diet/exercise program the past two months, so these have been an awesome find for me. After the kids go to bed and I desperately need to stress eat, I just have one of these instead. Since they're only 100 calories, I don't feel guilty.

Maybelline Lash Sensational ($7) I've used Rimmel mascaras the past few years & randomly picked this up.

Bellavitano Balsamic Cheese (grocery stores, $5)
I'm not a strong cheese person, but this was great. I also tried the Raspberry & Merlot ones and those were pretty great too!
Fake Greenery (Target, $3). I got the two little green guys below from the Target dollar section. They are awesome! They look really lifelike, and as I've already killed one houseplant this season, these are a great choice for me, and you just pop them into whatever container you want. My only regret is I didn't pick up more!

Metal Sign (The Word Within,  $50) On my wish list!
I also really love this one.. It could go anywhere, but I think it would look awesome in a boy's room:

Dog Tags ( Critter Bling, $14)
Because they're just cute. I want the top one. :)

Trader Joe's Dried Mango ($2.99) I love mangos, but they are such a mess. These are AMAZING. Delicious mango without any of the work.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Minecraft Party

 used a permanent marker to add creeper faces to bottles of sprite.

 diy pin the tail on the minecraft pig

 printed off labels from around the internet & found matching food

diy TNT label taped to an empty icing container & stuffed with licorice :)

 pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate

For the party favor, I had the kids each make a creeper shirt to take home. Super easy! Just found a creeper template, printed it out, traced it onto freezer paper, ironed the paper onto a shirt, & then had the kids paint them with fabric paint (be sure to put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the shirt!). The shirts were from Hobby Lobby and cost less than $3 each. I thought this was way better than sending them home with little bags of candy, and really not that much more expensive! :)

So that's it! Sam's 9th birthday party. Minecraft is a pretty awesome party theme. Even though there's not a lot out there, the graphics make it very easy for diy'ers.

Monday, September 7, 2015


I think this is the longest I've ever gone without a post! So here's my last ditch effort to revive things before throwing the the towel in on this blog.

So, one of the things I've been asked by a lot of people lately is "what's going on with the foster care thing?" The short answer is we're on a semi-pause for right now, and I don't know. Also, we're not allowed to post pictures or talk about the children on social media, so anything I say in that regards will be vague on purpose. :)

We've asked to be put on respite only status. Respite gives us a chance to still do something, and hopefully be a blessing to other families, but not take on a permanent placement. We've got a lot (a lot) going on right now, and in the near future, and because of the potential instability of it all, we thought this was the best course. The last thing we want to do is take on a case & not be able to finish it knowing that we could have prevented a child from having to placed in yet another home.

Since then, we've done respite twice for one precious little child. It was a really wonderful (as wonderful as foster care can be) first experience. This little one is just as sweet and happy as can be. My heart hurt for her parents knowing they had no clue where she was, who was watching her, or how she was doing, and of course for the child herself hoping & praying that she felt safe and happy with us, but overall, there were very few tears, and smiles all around. Annaleigh in particular, was in heaven for the weekend, sweet girl.

(Originally, I was just going to put prints for the children that came into our home, since they are in my prayers now too, the yellow prints are for the children we never met)

 So she was our first first. Friday we had another which I turned down a "real" placement. I can't even tell you how much it hurt (and still does). Even though my head tells me it was the right decision, I can't stop thinking about her & praying that she has found a safe place to live for the time being. "Funny" thing is, if I had gotten the call even an hour earlier, I probably would have said "yes" but in that hour my world sort of imploded, so  I suppose the timing was in God's hands.

Within a day of that, we got another two we didn't get the correct call back number, so we were never even able to follow up on the case, and the other was one we definitely couldn't take. Can I just tell you the craziness of those placement calls!? Trying to decide on the spot from very little information whether or not you are able to bring another person into your family for an indefinite amount of time-it's pretty overwhelming!

So where are with with foster care? I just don't know. Getting those calls for the full time placement really made me want to put us back on the call list, but at the same time all those instability factors are still here. So for right now, we're going to focus on getting our family whole again (soon!!) and after that we'll have to have a talk and pray about what to do. In the meantime, my prayer is just that we are open to whatever purpose God has planned with all of this.

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