Thursday, January 31, 2013

wanna win?

Once I reach 200 followers I am going to give away something.

I bet you will never be able to guess what it is.

This is my shameless threat encouragement to get you to follow me.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Lizzy has been spitting.

And I have been loosing it.

I told her I am DONE with it.  If she did it again, no matter what time of day, she would have to stay in our dining room the WHOLE rest of the day by herself.

She decided to spit on my 2 1/2 year old at 3:45 pm yesterday.

So, she stayed in the dining room until dinner time.  She had dinner and then had to go right back in the dining room.

Yes, I felt like a monster.

But NOTHING gets to her.  She just does it again.

Towards 7:30 pm we let her come back out into the living room.

Shortly after she went to bed with all the other little ones.

She didn't spit on anyone today.

We'll see how tomorrow goes.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


I love watching my sons become brothers.

That like each other.

That play together.

That are there for each other.

It is amazing.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seven = busy

Having seven kids is crazy.

Six was fine.

Add in a newborn and holy's all over.

Everyday I think, "this would have been easier if I would have just said 'no, we can't take her'".

But that isn't me.

And that's not the way the story was supposed to go anyway.

There was a spot in my heart for this girl before I ever knew she existed.  And now, the thought of her leaving makes me feel empty.

Our house, holding only six kids, would feel empty.

Funny how quickly things change.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Counting down the days until the newest baby's termination trial....feb 13

Thursday, January 17, 2013


It's midnight.

I'm holding number seven who has decided that it is time to start being a normal, fussy newborn.

I still feel like a foster mom.

And on paper I guess I am.

But, honestly, I am just mom.

I thought I might never get here.

There are still miles to go....

But we are getting there.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


You know it's Monday in foster care land when your foster/adoptive son fakes a head ache in order to get the school to call you so you can pick him up.

He is NOT liking school.  He hasn't enjoyed one day I don't think.

He changed schools when he moved here.  After one week of our school I was called in and the 1 st grade teacher and the principal told me they thought he needed to be moved from 1 st grade back to kindergarten.  He was whining a lot in class and asked to go home a lot.  Often said he was tired.  So we moved him back to kindergarten.

He still is acting like it is too much.  He really just wants to stay home and play.

Obviously, his whole world has been flipped upside down so I am trying to be patient.

Then, this evening, now it is Wednesday btw, he had a little bit of homework.  He didn't tell me about it, but I asked.  My husband sat him down and hovered over him and watched him start to do the whole thing wrong just to hurry up and get it done.  He stopped him, corrected him and he finished the first section just fine.  In the second section he started to do the same thing again and my husband said "don't you dare" and he then went back to actually trying and did it all correctly like he is capable of.

He honestly just seems very lazy when it comes to everything having to do with school.  He is even lazy in his speech.  He actually has to go to speech therapy because his speech is quite bad BUT when we are at home we MAKE him speak correctly and he is able to.  I just told him that if he kept speaking in partial sentences and leaving out words the answer to his questions would always be no.  It is funny how quickly he started making an effort to speak correctly.

He really is a great kid.  I like him a lot.  He is funny.  He wants people to like him.  He wants to be included and have fun.  He can be kind and obeys quite well most of the time.

I have never had to deal with school stuff with anyone besides my bio son who hasn't had much of an issue so this is all new to me.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

tiny babies.

She has gained A LOT since being found by CPS though.  She was 4lbs 7 oz when they found her and she weighed 6 lbs 12 oz on Friday.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

PRE trial

We had the PRE trial for our little Christmas surprise.  The goal is adoption.  Visits are suspended until the termination trial.  The termination trial should be between 3 - 5 wks from now.  They are terminating on both mom and dad.

Dad is claiming he isn't the bio dad.  It doesn't matter because regardless he is the legal dad.

The parents are throwing out all sorts of crazy stories.

Fun times in foster care.

I will be so excited once these adoptions are finalized!