A New Leg in Our Journey

I have been waiting all week to post this!

First, let me say that I finished my undergrad work last night and I am SO relieved! I am beyond burnt out with school work and it’s such a relief to be done. I was planning until starting my masters in January…Until Halloween.

Give me a moment to tell you about our Halloween. It rocked. It was the best Halloween EVER.

We painted paper plate pumpkins…

We baked cupcakes for the church Halloween Boo-Nanza cake walk…

We decorated the doorway for trick or treaters {and just for fun!}…

We had a jack-o-lantern themed lunch {which was hilarious of course}…

And finished Little’s Larry Boy costume just in time for a great night of fun…

“So,” you ask, “what does this have to do with your masters??” Well, friends… I just don’t wanna do it right now. On Halloween I decided to put EVERYTHING aside and have a fun day filled with activities, no worries about deadlines or due dates and no distraction of homework lurking in the back of my mind. And it was a blast. And my house was cleaner at the end of the day. It hit me all in one day that when I’m not distracted by school and homework, I have a great time with Little. I decided I just don’t want to miss a second of this fun age, even if my masters wouldn’t be nearly as demanding as my undergrad workload-wise.

Don’t get me wrong here- I don’t neglect my child during the day because of homework and assignments, but there’s a difference in how I interact with him and the activities I plan when I’m completely free and have no worries or concerns about papers and tests lurking in the back of my mind. So I’m putting the masters off. And I feel really good about that decision. But one of the concerns I had regarding my masters was money. My masters was going to help me work from home teaching online college classes…

So that’s the next exciting thing I have to share with everyone: We are officially licensed as of last Monday! AND…we’ve decided to foster and foster to adopt. We’ve been praying about it for some time now and just had the feeling that if we’re only open to legal risk babies, we may be waiting for several months {and that stinks}, and even then, they may not stay forever. So why not foster?

If we feel called to this as a ministry, we both just thought it made sense to dive all the way in. When our caseworker came out to the house on Friday to hand deliver our license, I told him about our decision and he said it was great. Being a foster parent will be a full time job in and of itself. I’m really excited. I genuinely feel like this is what the Lord has been calling us to all along, it just took us a while to reach that point. At first we only wanted to foster babies who were likely adoptable, but we just kept praying about it and eventually we reached the conclusion that there are babies who need love and safety who may not be adoptable. So we’re doing this.

I hope my phone rings soon. I’m anxiously waiting for it. In the meantime, I’m basking in the relief of being done with my college degree {nearly nine years after I started it…} and am looking forward to my days with Little Bug free from deadlines, due dates, term papers and tests. I may even catch up on laundry now! {Not likely.}

Thanks for your continued support as our journey from adoption to fostering to adopt has grown and changed. I’m so glad I’ve been able to share in this experience with so many of you. Here’s to the next leg in this journey!




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