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Friday, August 26, 2016

foster care :: reflections on the first week

As of last Wednesday, August 17th, we are an officially-licensed foster family!  God has called our family to serve in foster care, and we are so anxious to see how He works in and through us on this journey.

There is a shortage of foster homes in our area (and everywhere), so we expected a quick placement once we were certified.  We didn't expect the worker to bring a referral with our license, but that's exactly what happened.  36 hours after being certified, we welcomed a 15-month-old boy into our home and our family.

Yesterday marked one week with baby C in our home, and it has been the most amazing experience!  The sad-eyed, quiet little boy that arrived at 8:30 Friday morning was wrestling with Collin and Lauren by lunchtime and giggling with Ryan and me before bed that very first day.  After a full week with us, he is comfortable here and his sweet, silly personality is shining.

My husband is the most gorgeous daddy in all the land, and watching him parent another sweet bebe has been precious.  So grateful to be his partner for life!

Collin and Lauren have hearts the size of the universe.  The beautiful way they've adjusted to having a new little person in the house is mind-blowing, and I have no doubt God has been preparing them all along to love like this.

We don't know what the future holds, and we don't know how long baby C will be with us or how his time with us will be.  We are committed to loving him every moment like he belongs here and like he's ours, and trusting God's plan and provision for the duration.

It's a stunning experience to watch God's beautiful stories unfold.

Monday, August 22, 2016

working kids

Daddy had two super helpers while he was edging the yard.

He edges, Collin scoops it away with the shovel, and Lauren puts it in the trash.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

the bunkbed chronicles

Daddy built these amazing bunkbeds for Collin and Lauren.

They're so excited to share a room!!

Night one took 2 hours for the kiddos to fall asleep...  And then they were up early...

Nap number 1 (Lauren only) went perfectly.

After just a few nights, we're into a routine for bedtime and on a regular schedule.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

shave ice

'Twas a beautiful evening to enjoy some shave ice!

Collin wanted blue raspberry, cotton candy, and grape.
Lauren wanted PINK!

working boy

Collin is such a hard-working boy.

His tools are all organized and he's working to teach Lauren everything he knows.

While Daddy was working on a bunch of projects last week, Collin built a dollhouse for his sister.  Isn't that amazing and so sweet?

Now the doll house needs stain and poly!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Standing on the swing

and climbing to the top?

No fear!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

making pizzas

While Daddy was working on a project in the driveway, Lauren was in the trailer making pizzas.

"What pizza want, guy?!"