Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We were approached last week by our Caseworker (CW) about the possibility of taking a boy for a month or two. Because it was fairly temporary and because we were anxious for a placement, we agreed. Due to circumstances beyond our control, that placement didn't happen. But, our CW told us about another little boy who needed a home.
Eric and I spoke briefly about it on the phone, coming to the conclusion that we didn't have to make a decision immediately and agreeing to talk when he got home.
I began drying my hair (it was 3:00 in the afternoon--Moms, you know how that goes, right?) and started to dialogue with God. "Really, God? For real?"
Hear me when I say that I've heard people relate stories like this before and thought that they were totally crazy. I guess it's okay if you think I'm crazy.
As clearly as if He'd written it in the sky God asked: "When exactly did you begin picturing your family without boys?"
It's a good question. I guess the answer would have to be when I started giving birth to girl, girl, and girl! But, in all honesty, like all couples, before children came, there were some of each in our dreams.
It was clear to me in that instant that our answer had to be yes. That for this time in our lives, this was the child God has chosen for us. Is it crazy? This entire ride has been crazy, so I'm not sure why I'm surprised. I think I even told a friend at one point that God was crazy! He does ask us to do crazy things. And He does work in crazy ways.
On Tuesday afternoon our little boy arrived. We are bound by laws of confidentiality, so his name or picture will never be found here.
We've found that having a boy in the house changes a lot of the tempo of our home, confirming what we've always known to be true: little boys and little girls are very different.
He walked over to the play kitchen in the playroom soon after his arrival, picked up a few pots, declared that he was going to "cook something" and proceeded to bang the pots together!
We were walking through the mall yesterday and he sang, ran, jumped, and whooped, and listened to his echo the entire time we were there. He attracted the knowing smiles of many!
I was explaining part of our nap time routine to him yesterday: how we have a quiet time and then we take naps. His response: "I don't know how to be quiet!"
Of course, when we are out, I get the comment "Boy, your hands are full!" and the question, "Are they all yours?" It's an understandable question since I'm towing a one, two, three, and four year old around! But it's one I'm not sure how to answer at this moment. Today I answered, "He's not." and Ella Grace came back with, "Yes he is!" Bless her sweet, tender heart! Our girls have loved on this little boy like crazy!
The obvious question from us is what lies ahead. For now, we're resting in the fact that God can be trusted! He's shown us that if nothing else. We're enjoying Him by loving on four little kiddos that keep us on our toes, keep us busier than busy, and keep us laughing 24/7!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Because our house has a playroom, we decided to kill two birds with one stone: decorating and a place for the girls to display their artwork. Here's what we came up with:
Once they run out of room, they have to decide what goes in the trash (we haven't actually reached that point yet; we'll see how that works!)! We simply bought a few bulletin boards, painted the frames, personalized each with wooden letters, and hung them up (Katie does have one too; it's just not pictured).
Total cost: Bulletin Boards ($7 on sale @ Target); Letters ($1.99 @ Hobby Lobby); Paint ($.99 @ Hobby Lobby); Total (approx. $10 each)!!
A few things I learned along the way:
1. The frame of the bulletin boards had a laminate that had to be sanded off. This was the thing that took the longest during the whole project.
2. My original plan was to mount the letters on the board with double sided tape. I didn't buy the tape in advance, so balanced the letters as they are pictured. I like them so much this way, that we've decided this is how they should stay!
3. It is so nice to have a place to put the girls' projects and they are so proud of their displays!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This year the girls hunted for eggs with clues inside that led them to the coat closet where their baskets were hidden (thanks, Tracy, for the fun idea)!
Each box contains things the girls can work with independently: scissors, crayons, foam stamps, a glue stick, pom poms, google eyes, etc. The theory is that they'll be able to clean up independently also (we'll see how that goes!)! The boxes are small enough that they can easily be transported to the doctor's office, a restaurant with a long wait, gymnastics, an extended car ride, etc. For the curious, Katie got a new set of markers designed for little ones and her very own Magna Doodle (which she's dragged along behind her all afternoon).
What about you? What did your kids get in their baskets this year? Any creative ideas for us next year?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Our church has the tradition of using this traditional greeting on Easter. It was a joy to teach it to our girls today and hear them use it throughout the day! Something was different about Easter this year. We did the traditional egg hunts (three to be exact!), dyed eggs, packed Easter baskets (more on that tomorrow!).
Still, there was something different. I think it has something to do with a more acute awareness of who I am. And what Christ did for me. And who I am because of what He did for me.