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

Thursday, January 27, 2011

KNOWING THE RIGHT TIME

Since we have finalized our adoption of Jacob I have been thinking a lot about when the right time is to begin telling Jacob about his birth mom.  Jacob sees her about two to threes times per year and she calls or text usually about twice her month.  When she calls I always let him talk to her and he just knows that she is T.  I know that he is only almost three, but when do I start talking about her to him as his first Mommy, or birth Mom?

Do I start showing him pictures of her and telling him that he grew in her belly and in our hearts?

Do I tell him she loved him and wanted what was best for him (which in a way she did but she still continued her drug use)?

Or, Do I simply just put a picture of her in his room and call her by name and when he is old enough to ask why he has that picture and who she really is then tell him?

Do I just do nothing until he is older?

I just want to do this in a way that is best for everyone.  I do not ever want Jacob to feel like I have kept anything from him.  I want our line of communication to always be open about his adoption but I don't know where to start.

Any advise that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

STUCK

I have been stuck on 21 followers for a long time now.  I am really wanting to know who follows along so I may also follow you.   Please, please, if you read my blog but are not showing up on my followers list please add yourself as a follower.

I am beginning to feel like only 21 people love me lol.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I DIDN'T REALIZE

My heart has been aching lately for a placement.    Please do not misunderstand me, I do not wish bad things on families.  I wish that there would never be a need for foster homes.  In a perfect world that would be the case, but we do not live in a perfect world and the reality is that there is a need for foster homes and there are tons of children in our world that absolutely without a doubt need to be removed from the horrible conditions they live in. 

Now having said that I want to say that I do feel that God and God alone has placed this desire in me to be a foster mom.  He has called me to the ministry of taking care of his children and that is why I long for a placement. 

We had completely closed our home except for 2 and under girls but today I realized how badly I missed the children and I think we are going to open our home back up to any age or sex child for emergency, short term placements and respite care. 

I think that this decision will be a good chance for us to minister to children who need us but will not tie us down to where we cannot take our little girl if the call comes.  I believe that just as God sent Jacob to be ours forever that he will also send me my daughter one day.  I am just afraid that closing my home to only a little girl is completely out of his will and that is not where I want to be.  So here we are God, use us as you see fit.  We are here for your children whomever that may be.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SNOW DAYS

Monday morning we woke up to 11 inches of snow.  That is unheard of around here.  We have had fun in the snow but I am really getting tired of it now.  I am very ready for spring.  Here are a few pictures of our fun.




snow angel



some of us liked the snow and some of us didn't
 S



Isn't this beautiful

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to everyone.

I am so excited about this new year and looking forward to seeing what God unfolds for our family this year.

As I think back to 2010 I realize how very blessed we are. 

I have a wonderful husband and four beautiful children, a great family and some of the most amazing friends a girl could ever ask for.