Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Busy Tuesday

Yesterday was the first meeting of the year for our quilter's guild, this year I am president. To be honest I can't believe they would even want me, because I feel like such a beginner still. Those ladies have so much knowledge.

After the meeting the girls had their monthly 4-H meeting, Emma is secretary and Olivia is Community Service Chairman. Olivia has organized a donation drive to support The Ronald McDonald House.
Emma and a couple other girls recorded a radio spot to announce the drive.
Here is Olivia and Emma at the radio station.
I LOVE homeschooling!
The opportunities and flexibility are endless.

Last night Jeff and I attended the first of our training classes to become foster/adopt parents. To be completely honest we were both pretty apprehensive, after all home schoolers do all we can to avoid any contact with But we left our first class so encouraged and hopeful.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27

Can you think any child in more affliction than a child that has abused or abandoned? I know this will NOT be easy, and we are not even sure if DHR will approve us, so our prayer has been, 'God's will be done." If anyone has any experience with this I'd love to hear from you.


Dana said...

We are foster parents! It has blessed our lives in ways no one could ever imagine. Our two girls were adopted through foster care!

In the past 4 years we've had 8 kids. Two have been teenagers and the rest were age 4 and under. All but one have been girls. We picked the little boy up from the hospital when he was days old.

We are still foster parents, but havent' had a placement in over a year. We'd still like to adopt, but have left it in God's hands. We NEED a bigger house, and God knows that. He also knows what we can and cannot handle. If a child comes into our lives and becomes available for adoption, who are we to say no? Like I said, we've put it all in God's capable hands!

Foster parenting can really cause you to go outside your current level of what is comfortable. You will deal with all kinds of people and in ways you've never imagined. You'll be challenged to look at "the other side" of things numerous times. You'll have to put yourself in the place of the biological parents and consider that they also want what's best for their child, even if what they think is best is obviously very different from what you (or the county) thinks is best. You'll learn more about drugs, alcohol, court procedings, and the law than you ever imagined you would.

Oh, and no matter prepared for lice! We've had to deal with it often. :-)

Email me if you have any questions or just want to chat about the whole thing!


Carmen said...

You should visit Laura at

They have 5 and have adopted 2 that started as foster children.