2.-3. We used the picture cards from Bubble Talk (one of our favorite games) to write silly fairy tales. Too funny...I’m keeping the stories to read to them again one day:) The girls came up with the idea since we are reading Half Upon a Time right now, which is a mixed up fairy tale of its own.
4. M. and friend had a lemonade stand and bake sale to raise money for the animal shelter. They did all of the work- organizing, planning, baking, and selling. They made a mean cup of coffee (I had three cups!) and even had gluten free brownies:)
5. We had some lazy mornings, perfect for catching up on read alouds.
6. We got to see my littlest niece one weekend! She’s growing so fast!
7-9. Our neighbors have horses. The girls love horses. Need I say more? The girls are thrilled, and I see a huge hands-on learning opportunity just next door:)
10. I attended a three day foster/adoptive trainer training, so I can train future foster or adoptive parents using our state’s required curriculum.
11. I knew it was fall when M. made spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Yum!
12. We volunteered at our local history museum to present a tour for fifty second graders! The girls and I learned about local history and presented a hands-on lesson about Indian tribes in our area using actual artifacts. Then they learned a little about the lives of early European settlers in the area. How’s that for a little history, science, and public speaking ?
4. We made fresh salsa with tomatoes from the garden.
5.-9. We had a short visit with all the cousins, but the kids sure know how to pack the fun into every moment! We played board games and outside, had a photo shoot with the baby, played dress-up, had a scavenger hunt and games of hide and seek. Lots of fun!
I see that as I look back on our family's last two weeks together
and all that the girls have learned and experienced
in this interest led life we pursue.
I see how full our days are-
full of meaning, intention, and joy
they seem so empty.
That may sound crazy but it's true.
Someone is missing, and we know that.
The crazy thing is that we don't even know who that someone is.
We just know that there is a sibling group in foster care right now
waiting to be adopted by their forever family,
and we are that family.
And in the Lord's timing, we will all be together (soon, I hope)
And then that emptiness in our days will be filled...
and my house will never be clean or quiet again:)
I know that the transition will not be easy-
that it will take a lot of time, patience, and grace (more than we can manage alone),
but I am totally okay with that.
I am waiting expectantly for it!
Psalm 68:6- God sets the lonely in families!