Welcome to our journey through foster parenting and adopting. I am so glad you have visited my blog.

My prayer is that through my experiences on this journey, I can be of help to someone else. I want Jesus Christ to be glorified through this blog because it is only through him that I am able to make this journey.

Here we go, let's start this journey together.

With All My Heart
Paula

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

HOW TIME FLIES

Oh, my how time flies.  My first born baby turned 17 today.  It seems almost like yesterday that they placed that sweet baby in my arms for the very first time.

Happy Birthday Seth, I love you very much.

Friday, March 26, 2010

THE TEENAGE MONSTERS

Do you ever feel like some kind of monster has come into your house and overtaken your teenage child's body?
Well, I do.  This monster has made them mean, irritable, have bad attitudes, smart mouths,  can't stand ANYTHING their little brothers do, everything anyone says is dumb, they will not communicate with you unless you ask a question and then all you get is as little as possible to get by, and most of all they know way more then their parents.  I miss my sweet little boys.  Maybe they will return soon, but I still love them very much. : )

Thursday, March 25, 2010

KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED

Our SW called this morning and told me that she had spoken with the attorneys office and that they did have the court order to publish the legal.  The attorneys secretary said that she would put the order in front of the attorney as soon as he came in today.

Keeping our fingers crossed that it was done today.  Can't wait to check the paper in the morning.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE

I am about to go crazy here.  We have 5 weeks until court and the legal ad that has to be posted has to run for a month and it is still not posted.  I found out last week that the judge has already signed the order so please tell me how long does it take to carry an ad to the paper.

I am trying really hard to be patient but my goodness its been 19 months.  Hopefully it will happen tomorrow or Friday.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

WHAT'S HAPPENING

This is going to be just a quick update on the happenings here in sweet home Alabama.

Seth is driving us crazy wanting to drive all the time.  If your on the roads in Alabama, look out : )

Patton is still VERY busy with baseball and helping coach Landon's team.

Landon has started baseball so now we have two to keep up with.

Little J has helped define the meeting of "terrible two's".  He is the sweetest baby but into and on top of everything, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

Chyne is being so VERY helpful these days with all the children.  It really means a lot to me that he has taken on this new attitude of helping out.  He has always helped me but lately it is more and he seems to enjoy it. I love you, honey.

Me, well I am just busy with my job and helping with a consignment business, and keeping up with all the kiddos and hubby.  Loving every minute of it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

RESULTS ARE IN

Prayers have been answered, the last man they tested IS NOT Little J's father.  Praise God for his wonderful blessings.  Our SW told me to "go celebrate" because it is almost over.  All that is left to do is run a legal in the paper for 2 Weeks and if no one comes forward it is over.  Our court date is April 29 and then we have to wait 14 days before we can sign our petition for adoption and then depending on how fast our attorney gets the paper work done will determine when it is official.

THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE

I have been in prayer about where God is leading me as far as the foster care system or in some way helping these biological parents that have lost their children due to drugs.   I do believe that God brought me to this journey for his purpose.  In saying that I would like to share with you where I feel he is leading me at this point.

A few days ago I got the sweetest letter from Little J's BM and in that moment is when I really felt the Lord tugging my heart.  In her letter she was letting me know that she is doing good in her rehab process and that she did believe that God brought us into her and Little J's life because she could not give him the family he should have.  She expressed to me her love and appreciation and also that she is learning to let God help her also.  At that moment is when I knew this is what it is all about, if I can save one child and help one Mother come to know and trust God then it is all worth it.

After reading her letter I began to think about her and all the women like her that are doing really good in the confined quarters they live in.  They have strict supervision and no one there to tempt them with their old habits.  I then started thinking, what will she do when she gets out and has to face the real world?  Where will she go?  Who will she have for support because all her family will do is bring her down?  She will not have a job, a place to live, no money.

Again I felt God tugging at my heart and I do feel that he is leading me to possibly help start a new ministry of our church that would provide a safe place for them to live temporarily until they can get on their feet and know they can make on their own.  I guess it would be a church based transitional living house.  I do not even know where to  start.  All I do know is that if God brings you to it he will bring you through it.  Please be in prayer for me as I try to sort out where God is leading me.

Little J's BM ended her letter with this bible verse and I will leave it with you now.

Three things remain faith, hope, and Love but the greatest of these is LOVE.  1 Corinthians 13:13