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    The Christmas That Was

    Yeah, so that’s a pretty pathetic title but this Christmas is kind of the Christmas that was. There was a lot of sickness, overwhelm and exhaustion, it definitely wasn’t as exciting and restful as I had hoped.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + Ephraim finished his medication for pneumonia just in time to celebrate Christmas.

    + we celebrated our immediate family Christmas on Christmas Eve and there were some awesome reactions from kids when they opened their presents, I’m glad I got it on video.

    + speaking of video, I intentionally filmed a number of different scenes from the week and am putting together a little Christmas week video. It’s nothing I will be sharing online but I think it will be nice to have to look back on in years to come. (Starting one of my 2020 goals early!)

    + unfortunately I felt under the weather on Christmas Eve and it just didn’t go away. Finally on Friday (the 27th) I went to the doctor and got some medication for bronchitis.

    + on Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents and brother, my Mom always has so many Pinterest Worthy things, this year she had the kids’ gifts set up like snowmen:

     

     

    + on Boxing Day we celebrated with Jared’s family. Unfortunately Raeca had sporadic fevers all Christmas Day and Boxing Day so she didn’t enjoy herself quite as much as we would have liked.

    + five years ago we were celebrating our first Christmas with Ephraim and I didn’t feel that sense of loss for another person like I do this year, as we celebrated with Buzz and Woody I thought a lot about their birth family not being able to celebrate with them.

    + I woke up at 4 this morning thanks to my bronchitis cough. Unfortunately, I seemed to have woken Buzz and even after I got my cough under control he still wouldn’t fall back asleep so I’ve been feeling extra worn down today.

    + this morning we had baptism at church and one of Raeca’s best friends got baptized which was so awesome to see. Rae has been asking to be baptized for a couple of years already, it’s hard as a parent to know when to let them. I grew up in a church where people didn’t get baptized until they were at least 16, I don’t know if there was a rule or not but people usually got baptized around the time they graduated from high school. I was not thinking about baptism at all when I was nine so this is new territory for me. I know she doesn’t have to be a perfect person before being baptized but I had been waiting to see a little more fruit before saying yes and I feel like I have really seen evidence of that fruit the last couple of months so I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up getting baptized this year.

    + I finished my Bible reading plan early, which means I read the entire Bible in 85 days! I ended up finding a schedule on YouVersion that I followed but it was kind of a terrible plan, it often said to read all of a chapter except the last few verses and then would have those verses for the next day, I don’t know why it wouldn’t have just put the whole chapter on the day. It was weird that way. But if you want to read the Bible in 90 days like was my original goal you just need to average 14 chapters a day. This was my first time ever reading through the entire Bible and so it’s a big accomplishment. I enjoyed reading through it so quickly but it was quite a daily time commitment. For 2020 I think I’ll try to read through again but at a slower pace this time.

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    Buzz was listing the Paw Patrol pups: “Rubble . . . Zuma . . . Mima . . .”
    (Mima is what the kids call my mom. 😂)

     

    Can this next week be a week where no one is sick?

    Sorry for the downer tone of this post! How was your Christmas?

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    Sickness Invades Our House Once Again & Merry Christmas!

    We just don’t seem to be able to banish sickness from our house, it’s been one thing after another and this week brought even more sickness to our home.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + Monday was our thirteenth anniversary! Jared’s mom came over and watched the kids for the afternoon while we went out. We had a very romantic date of buying new glasses at Costco and shopping for stocking stuffers at Dollarama. Honestly though, it was just nice to get out of the house without kids. Unfortunately Jared was sick so it date ended earlier than we planned.

    + a random thing to note: you know how almost-two-year-olds like to “help” vacuum and then you are stuck in the world’s slowest vacuuming? Well, I figured out a trick for our little guy: if I hold his hand with my non-vacuuming hand he still thinks he’s helping and I can get the job done in a normal amount of time.

    + we bought eggnog! Non-dairy coconut eggnog that is. I hadn’t had any since childhood and I don’t even think I really liked it as a child though my Dad did/maybe still does, so the idea of eggnog makes me feel Christmas-y. Surprisingly coconut eggnog rates exactly like I remember the dairy eggnog tasting.

    + I made a white chocolate crunch recipe (white chocolate chips, cereal, slivered almonds and almond extract) I haven’t made since before Jared was diagnosed with celiac (so, over six years), I just replaced the Golden Graham’s with Chex and I was good to go, it was exciting to have it again.

    + we had a family paper snowflake making evening, just going for all the Christmas feels this week.

     

    paper snowflakes

     

    + this week included a bit of regression for Buzz and Woody. For about half the week falling asleep was a real issue for Woody, for some reason he was back to his crying forever before bed (and naps), I ended up rocking him to sleep multiple times (and writing most of this post on my phone in the process). For Buzz the week included some bed wetting which he doesn’t normally do. Unfortunately the combination meant less sleep at the beginning of the night and waking up early in the mornings.

    + there were a few stressful days this week and I may have done some online stress shipping. I placed an order from Book Outlet and I can’t wait for them to arrive!

    + my letter boards have been sorely neglected and I kept noticing them and wondering when I would have the chance to change them and then it hit me: get the kids to do it! Raeca and Ephraim each took a board and a few minutes later we had two Christmas themed boards. It not only helped me out it was a great activity for my fourth-grade-thinks-English-is-terrible-because-so-many-words-don’t-follow-the-rules-and-therefore-she’s-a-terrible-speller and my first-grade-not-quite-a-fluent-reader-yet.

    + on Saturday Ephraim’s cough progressed so Jared took him to the doctor, turns out he has pneumonia. We attempted to go to a family gathering for supper but Ephraim didn’t last long before he needed to go home and rest.

    + Sunday Ephraim was doing a lot better and we managed to go to church and another family gathering for lunch. The rest of the day was spent with the kids playing with their first Christmas presents and some relaxing. Oh, and a re-watching of Home Alone.

     

     

    + WATCHING +

    + Would I Lie to You?: this is one of my favorite, laugh out loud shows. Though there is also a lot of “I did not understand that” moments due to English accents and phrases I don’t understand.

    + all the Christmas movies: Mickey Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    + Raeca: Talking about my childhood: “Cars were invented then, right?”
    Guess who just became my last favorite child. (Sarcasm, but really?!?! How old does she think I am?!?!)

    + As I was writing a blog post Ephraim says: “What are you writing about right now, Netflix built into a TV?”
    Uh . . . no.

     

    Christmas is this week! I am looking forward to celebrating the birth of our King with my family, and also the antibiotics kicking in so Ephraim gets better soon.

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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    Unexpected Thanking, Funny Quotes & Christmas Choir

    I feel like these weekly reviews are getting later and later. Ideally I would like to write them on Sunday, usually it’s been Monday and this week it is Tuesday. Oh well, maybe next week.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + I went to the doctor on Monday to follow up on my infected arm from last week and it was pretty much back to normal! Now there is just a sore that needs to heal but there was no more pus and my arm was no longer swollen.

    + Buzz and Woody had another visit this week and as we were loading the boys back into the van she thanked us for watching her boys while she couldn’t. ❤️ I don’t know what I was expecting when it came to birth parent interactions but we have really had the best case scenario.

    + Wednesday marked seven weeks with Buzz and Woody and it was also the first day I didn’t feel completely overwhelmed and anxious in seven weeks.

    + Woody was really clingy to me this week. It was the first time he really preferred me, previously he would go to anyone who would hold him and this week he refused other people in order for me to hold him. It’s a really good sign but man, is it tiring!

    + Raeca and I went shopping one evening this week. All of a sudden I realized she had pretty much grown out of all her clothes so we desperately needed to do some shopping. We just went to Walmart and got her a shirt to wear as pajama shirt, two long sleeve shirts and two pairs of leggings for around $30. I know Walmart is not the best place to shop but I really can’t justify spending $30 on one shirt at some other stores for clothes she is going to grow out of so fast.

     

    Week in Review

     

    + I feel like my social media fast is going really well. The only thing I have missed so far is reading the Strange Planet comics each day, on the bright side I am going to have a lot to catch up on in January.

    + Ephraim was sick with a cold and intermittent fevers this weekend. He always gets a bad cough when he gets one, thankfully he hasn’t had tonsillitis this year yet (and no seizures with the fevers), I’m hoping he’s grown out of that. As a result I went to church with Raeca and Woody (I left Buzz behind because I couldn’t deal with both boys in church without Jared and Buzz was the easier one to leave behind).

    + Sunday night Raeca and I went to watch/listen to a Christmas choir which both my Mom and Jared’s Mom and sister were in. It felt easy to just have Rae along and not be chasing boys down.

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

     

    Ephraim to Buzz: “Can you stop following me everywhere?!”

    Too funny because Ephraim has a tendency to do the very same thing to other people! Ephraim has an Ephraim!

     

    Me: “Buzz, can you say ‘pirate’?”
    Buzz: *nods* “Whup-bunny.”

    Nailed it.

     

    Only one more week in review before Christmas! Yikes!

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    The Week in Review – Volume Six

    We are in full on Christmas mode here, glittery crafts and all!

    That being said, the Christmas season doesn’t feel like it did as a child (that magical feeling), does it ever feel like that as an adult?

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + I was right last week, we were hit with fevers for a few days this week, it went from Rae to Buzz. They were pretty intense fevers where the child was left with zero energy, so much so that they didn’t even want to watch TV, you know your child is sick when that happens!

    + Buzz and Woody’s worker finally came for her first visit since dropping them off six weeks before. It was good to get an idea of where things are at, it looks like this is going to be a long term placement as there has been no effort on the birth family’s part to get them back. It’s really sad but it’s also nice to have a bit of an idea of what is going on.

    + my overall state this week once again felt overwhelmed. That has been the story of my life for the last month and a half and it’s getting a little old.

    + on a brighter note, I am a week into my social media fast and have been really enjoying it.

    + We watched the Christmas classic we’ve all been waiting for: Home Alone! (The first one, we’ll watch the second soon.) What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

    + I got a decent amount of reading in this week; I think that’s thanks to the social media fast, sitting beside feverish kids and sitting in the waiting room (for myself – see the next point).

     

    Week in Review

     

    + I spent a lot of time this week dealing with a weird infection on my arm. It started last Friday, I didn’t notice a cut or anything until it was infected, I had a decent sized bump and my arm below my elbow was all getting swollen. I went to the walk-in clinic Monday and the doctor gave me antibiotics (four pills a day), Tuesday it was just getting worse so I went to a different walk-in clinic and saw a different doctor so he gave me even more antibiotics that worked on top of the ones I was already taking (another four pills a day so that’s up to eight pills a day) and he told me to come back on Thursday. I went in Thursday morning and my arm was even more swollen and the infection site was even bigger. He froze my arm in a few places and made a cut and then squeezed and a bunch of blood and pus came pouring out, plus he got a gob of hard pus out. It was gross, I started getting a little weak while watching and had to look away (oh, and Woody was sitting on my lap for the whole thing).The doctor told me to come back on Friday which I did, he then got even more pus out and told me to put a new bandage on on Saturday and come back on Monday. Saturday when I changed the bandage it was looking a lot better already. It was a crazy thing though, it reminded me of something from a history book that happened two hundred years ago, not the type of thing that happens these days.

    + between the kids’ fevers and my swollen/infected arm I didn’t even start my Advent Scripture Writing Challenge or do the Advent readings I had hoped to do with the kids. We went to the Dollarama on Saturday (the SEVENTH!) and got the kids cheap little chocolate calendars. Yup, that is pretty much life these days. Oh the bright side, they get to eat two chocolates a day for the first week.

    + the other week I was telling Jared how overwhelmed I felt most of the time and I said that the next time we get a foster care placement I would like to request that we just get one child and less than five minutes later my friend texted and asked if we would watch her five kids on Friday. It was like God saying, “Think you have more than you can handle? Here’s more.” Which also made me feel like okay, maybe we are exactly where He wants us to be. So, we watched the five additional kids on Friday and managed to keep all nine alive!

     

    How was your week? Anything going on in the world that I’ve missed in my first week of my social media fast?

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    The Week in Review – Volume Five

    This was not an easy week.

    At 6:00 Saturday morning a child woke up soaked in pee, while I was bathing said child another child plopped outside the bathroom door complaining of a headache/fever, that feeling of overwhelm when you have two kids that need you to do two different things at the same time pretty much sums up how I felt this entire week.

    Also, the month ended and I didn’t finish sharing all my adoption awareness posts, I’ll continue sharing them every now and then even though the official adoption awareness month is over.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + while last week was unusually warm, this week we got a bunch of snow and it looks like winter out there again (as it should at this time of year). I enjoyed curling up with a blanket in front of the fireplace after the kids were in bed.

    + Buzz and Woody’s social worker was supposed to come check on them for the first time on Wednesday but she never showed (or sent a message). I only heard from her the next day after I emailed her.  I had thought about foster care for years and what always kept me away was how broken the system was. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I realized it’s not the kids’ fault the system is broken, we’re in this for them.

    + speaking about Buzz and Woody, they had another visit this week and have another one planned for next week!

     

    What We've Been Reading in Our Home and Homeschool Lately

     

    + my main read for the week was Tramp for the Lord, it was so incredibly fitting for this season of life. If you want to see what else I read in November you can check it out here.

    + Thursday evening Jared and I officially finished our last foster care training! *insert happy dance* The training was on FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and it was incredibly informative. I learned a lot.

    + also on Thursday I had my last women’s Bible study, I loved the study these last two months and am sad it is over. Unfortunately this week’s Bible study wasn’t quite as relaxing as normal as Buzz peed himself in the middle of it so I had to go get him clean clothes from the van . . . pee seems to be one of the major themes for this week. #yayparenting

    + Saturday was mostly spent trying to get Raeca comfortable as she had the highest fever she’s ever had. We were supposed to go to a foster care Christmas party that night but she was down and neither Jared nor I wanted to go alone with the three boys.

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    + Ephraim went to a friend’s house one afternoon and the friend’s mom texted me this conversation:

    Friend: “You’ll never guess what I got for my birthday!”
    Ephraim: “If it’s a real light saber, I’m in! If it’s a super dog that skates, I’m out!”

    Where does he come up with this stuff?!

     

    That’s another week in the books! While the theme of this last week may have been pee it looks like this coming week’s theme is going to be fevers and honestly, I think I’d rather have the pee.

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    The Week in Review – Volume Four

    This week was mostly good with a few hard moments.

    My highlight was definitely when all six of us sat on the couch and watched The Grinch. It was a reminder that I want to get better at enjoying the daily moments as a parent.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

     

    Adoption Anniversary - Week in Review

    five years!

     

    + We started out the week last Sunday by marking five years as a legal family of four aka Ephraim’s adoption anniversary. We didn’t really do anything in particular for the day but we did make pizza for supper and my family came over to watch the last half of the football game.

     

    Week in Review

     

    + I found these cute notebooks from the dollar store one day. They say they are Rifle Paper Co. notebooks. I’m not 100% sure I believe that but the are cute so I couldn’t leave them behind! I plan on eventually using them for my art journal (even though it’s been a couple of weeks since I made my last page).

    + I had a friend over for coffee Monday morning and while I enjoyed our chat the kids left me feeling frazzled, maybe I’ll try to arrange these things around Woody’s nap for the near-ish future.

     

    Week in Review

     

    + I’m still going strong on my Bible in 90 days reading plan! These verses that I underlined made me laugh out loud a little though. Obviously Solomon didn’t have sleepless nights thanks to children . . .

    + On that note though, Buzz and Woody have pretty much been sleeping through the night for almost two weeks now! I think there have been one or two wake ups due to peeing the bed and a couple of nightmares (though those usually happen shortly after they go to bed before I’m in bed yet), it’s been so much better than the first couple of weeks! Thank you to all who prayed for some extra sleep for us!

     

    Week in Review - The Fellowship of the Ring

     

    + It may have taken me nine months to read but I finally finished The Fellowship of the Ring! I started reading the last 2/3 of it a week or two ago and enjoyed it a lot more than the first bit, I think the first half-ish was just too slow for my preference. If you are curious about what I’m going to be reading next be sure to sign up for my book-ish newsletter, I’ll be sending out an email later this week.

    + We (well, 4 of us) got the flu shots on Monday and 3/4 of us felt sick for a couple of days after. I’ve had the flu shot multiple years already and this is the first time it affected me like this. It felt like I was starting to get pneumonia again and the first night I couldn’t sleep on my arm at all.

     

    Week in Review - painting

     

    + One of our friends painted this amazing canvas for Buzz and Woody! If you are local and are looking for some artwork done, let me know, I’ll get you in touch with him! I think we need to get him to do two more: one for Rae and one for Ephraim but I’m not sure what we should get on theirs yet (any ideas?).

    + On Friday we went to my in-laws place for supper. I love it when we get invited for supper because food always seems to taste better when I don’t have to cook it (or maybe I’m just a terrible cook) and because thinking of what to make for meals is usually the hardest part.

     

    Week in Review

     

    + Saturday was abnormally warm (+9C when we are used to around -20C at this time of year!) so we took the kids to the park in the morning. Unfortunately there are a couple of cute photos I got that I can’t show you because Buzz and Woody’s faces are in them . . .

    + Speaking of photos though I am setting a goal for 2020 to get a family photo each month. It doesn’t have to be anything too professional and I know no one (myself included) will enjoy the process but I know I will appreciate the photos over time. I got Jared to snap one of me and the kids when we were done at the park but of course I can’t share it here.

    + Also on Saturday we finally set up our Christmas tree! We usually do it earlier in the month but it got put off a bit this year. We kept up with our tradition of making (and eating) sugar cookies and watching The Grinch once the tree was set up. This is our second year with a pencil tree and while I like the look of it there is hardly any room on it for ornaments (ha, unless you let the three year old decorate, then you can fit a lot in a little space!).

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    + “I have to pretend I don’t like Paw Patrol with my friends, even though I do, because I don’t want them to laugh at me. Basically, I have to lie.” – Ephraim (Um, not what I want to teach him but I had to try so hard not to laugh after he said this.)

    + Ephraim sent Jared this text (apparently he needs to learn to add some spacing and also to be able to distinguish “b” from “d”): “Dabieyoowwgrivi. Isbic” Translation: “Daddy, you were driving in the ditch.” Explanation: I was checking where Jared was on his commute home and according to the map he was driving in the middle of a field or in the ditch (it may not always be the most accurate).

    + Buzz learned a few new words this week: Ahm-ber aka Ember (our cat) and doctor. I think there were a couple more but that’s all I remember right now.

     

    I can’t believe my next week in review will include some dates in December, where has the year gone?!

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    The Week in Review – Volume Three

    What a week! This one honestly started out really rough.

    Wednesday I may have been questioning some of my life decisions.

    Thankfully Woody started (mostly) sleeping through the night after that and that made a world of a difference in my mental and physical state. (Sleeping through the night is much preferred to being awake for hours each night.)

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + Jared was on worship Sunday morning, Ephraim was sitting with a friend and Raeca and I were left to wrangle Buzz and Woody during the first part of our church service, it was . . . busy, but not terrible. The boys love music and are really cute dancing to it.

    + Monday was Remembrance Day and Jared had the day off but we didn’t do anything spectacular except function in a semi-exhausted state.

    + on Tuesday I ventured out with all four kids – to the mall. I didn’t know if it was a good decision until I got there and I met a fellow-also-new foster parent! It was really a God moment and had we not been trying to corral our children into the little play area I think we could have had a long chat.

    + I already mentioned it at the beginning of the post but the first few days of the week involved next-to-no sleep. Between Woody having troubles sleeping and Ephraim getting a cold (his cough always sounds terrible), and a couple of other child issues, I was feeling really rough come Wednesday.

    + thankfully Wednesday night involved much better sleep and for the most part I’ve been able to almost sleep through the night since. (Almost sleep through the night currently means only being woken up once or twice.)

     

    week in review

     

    + Jared had Friday off so I took a little bit of time to run some errands and go to the thrift store. I bought some books for the kids and a few classics for myself. We’re kind of in a stage where we can’t really go to the library so we are making good use of the books we have.

    + Friday evening Buzz and Woody had a family visit! This is huge and obviously I don’t want to share their story here, that’s not my place but I left feeling very encouraged. We are praying that reunification is possible and this was a great first step.

    + I finished watching the Miracles of Jesus series on Right Now Media and now I am more interested than ever to go visit Israel. It was so cool to see famous-from-the-Bible places in the series. I also watched Lisa Chan’s Deny Yourself video, it is only 22 minutes long but wow, it’s impactful and exactly what I needed in this hard week.

    + On Saturday I finished day 45/90 in my Bible reading plan which means I have read halfway through the Bible in the last month and a half! This is a personal record (by far) and I hope I can continue until the end. I have loved reading the Bible at this pace, I know I won’t be able to do this all the time but I definitely plan on doing it again in the near-ish future, I’ll probably read out of a different version next time.

     

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    + Buzz and Woody’s visit did start up a conversation with Ephraim about his birth mom, we talk about her a lot even though we don’t know anything about her. We speculated about what she would say if she could see him now and he figured she would be surprised at how old he has gotten. ❤️

    + I may have caught Woody licking the cat dish . . . needless to say, we try to keep it away from him now.

     

    There’s another week! I’m hoping next week I can report and entire week of kids sleeping through the night!

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    The Week in Review – Volume Two

    On to week two for the week in review. Wow, how fast the weeks fly!

    Honestly, a whole lot happened this week. I’m not really ready to do much outside of the home by myself with all four kids yet (especially when one of them is a runner) so we mostly hung out at home during the week and then ventured out on the weekend when we had a better adult to child ratio.

     

    + From the Week +

    + Buzz and Woody are settling in well I think. They are very busy boys and it has been hard to have any “free time”. My priorities when I have free time have been: my 90-day Bible reading plan, the Finding God Faithful Bible study, then some more online fostering training we have to do. I have been able to do a little bit of blogging as well, generally in the in-between moments because I don’t have to concentrate as hard to write as I do for the other things.

    + Ha, it’s funny that I’m counting this as something of note but we bought a white noise machine. It works well but doesn’t seem to really be helping Buzz and Woody sleep any better/longer. I’m tempted to put it in one of the other kids’ rooms so they can potentially sleep though any crying that occurs in the night and maybe longer in the morning.

     

    Art Journal - Common Place Book - a place to document the quotes and lines I love

     

    + I did prioritize working in a new art journal one day this week. It’s been quite awhile since I worked in one and I quickly remembered how much I enjoyed it, it’s a relaxing process for me. This book is part art journal, part common place book. It’s a space where I plan on collecting verses, quotes and lines that are currently inspiring me. I started out with a life poured out which is inspired by 2 Timothy, I shared a bit about it a few months ago.

    + I’ve been watching my friend YouTube channel, Lovely Day with Holly, a lot lately as she’s been sharing more videos. I love it when she shares about books, thrift hauls and her amazing art videos.

    + Speaking of watching things, we recently got a Right Now Media subscription through our church and the kids have been using it quite a bit. This week I started watching the Miracles of Jesus series. It is lead by Jennie Allen (who wrote two of my favorite books) and they have all so far been under ten minutes long so it has been nice to watch one when I’m either making supper or have a few minutes to kill in my supper prep.

    + Buzz started speaking in full sentences. Not very often and I’m sure the average person can’t understand them but it’s crazy to see how far he has come in just two and a half weeks.

    + Jared’s family butchered pigs this weekend and the older kids went and stayed for most of the day while I stayed home with Buzz and Woody.

     

    + Quotes & Scenes to Remember +

    Apparently this section is just turning into “funny things Ephraim says and does”.

    + One day when I was watching a video from the Miracles of Jesus series Ephraim came and sat beside me for a few minutes and said “This is actually pretty good!”

    + Jared was making French toast for supper and all of a sudden Ephraim said, “We are French! No wait, what language do we speak?”

    + We celebrated my Mom’s birthday Saturday night and Ephraim was so sad he didn’t get her a present because he wanted to buy her something from this own money that he wrote her a note that said “Be happy. I wish I got you a present.” and then he gave her his allowance for the month. ❤️❤️❤️ (She ended up leaving the money for him to keep.)

     

    And just like that another week has come and gone! I appreciate that these weekly reviews are making me look back on the weeks.

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    The Week in Review – Volume One

    Since I am getting back into old school blogging I thought I may as well try a week in review. Mostly because I have a pretty terrible memory and these kinds of things are good at keeping track of the little things that I wouldn’t normally remember for very long.

     

    + FROM THE WEEK +

    + I went to the second book club some ladies in our church are doing on Tuesday, the book we are reading is You Who, honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the book. But, I haven’t finished reading in yet so I don’t want to say much else, maybe it will get better. Right now my biggest complaint is that she doesn’t go back to the Bible enough.

    + Wednesday morning our social worker who did our home study came with another social worker, the one we will be working with for our first year. So many workers!

    + Thursday I went to a church Bible study, we are going through Finding God Faithful, it’s the story of Joseph and has been incredibly good. I didn’t get any of the homework done from last week since it was our first week with Buzz and Woody but next week is a break so I’ll do some catch up.

    + on Friday I took Buzz and Woody to the doctor, by myself. We waited in the waiting room for over an hour (it was closer to two hours) and I was questioning my own sanity. The boys weren’t bad they were just kind of all over the place. Also, I was reminded how much I want to look like a good parent (aka have kids that behave nicely), I have a feeling fostering will eventually break that. Also, free health care is great but sometimes you pay for it with long wait times.

    + this week I finished the first thirty days in the reading through the Bible in ninety days plan that I’m doing and I am still.on.track. This is a personal record!

    + Friday evening we had some of Jared’s family over (the ones that could make it, we did invite them all) for birthday cake for Rae’s birthday . . . which was pretty much a month ago . . . I’m always behind things with her birthday because it falls close to Thanksgiving and also because I’m not a good birthday party planner.

    + I found a bunch of other old school blogs to read, comment on and follow! I will probably share a list in my next newsletter.

    + I made a batch of gluten free playdough for the kids. The recipe I use only has cornstarch, baking soda, water and food coloring and comes together quickly.

     

     

    + QUOTES & SCENES TO REMEMBER +

    + Me: “Thank you Ephraim!”
    Ephraim: “You’re welcome, will you stitch me a friendship quilt?”

    What does he even know about friendship quilts?!?! Or quilts in general?

    + When the two social workers were over Buzz was eating a snack at the table and took both of their hands and pretended to pray and then said “Amen”. It was adorable.

     

    That was fun to reflect on my week, hopefully I can keep up with weekly reviews for a bit because I know it will be nice to look back on over the years.

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