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Good to be Back

Oh how I have missed blogging! I missed everything about it, and it wasn’t until I took a break that I realized just how special this blog is to me as a spiritual and emotional outlet. So I’m very glad to be back.

Let me catch you up on the HUGE changes in my world that have happened in the past 6 months…

-We have two foster kids that have been with us since June. Miss Priss is 3 and Little Man is 2. And Buggy is 4. For those of you keeping score at home, that means I have a 4, 3, and 2 year old at home. I’m officially insane. But really, I love it. More on them later.

-We bought our first home last month. Our closing date was October 10th. I loved our sweet little rent house, but it was too small for our growing family, and we were eager to become home owners and be licensed for MORE foster kids {I know…I’m insane} and God opened the door for that to happen. So now we’re setting in, and I’m constantly amazed at the fact that we even found and were able to get into this house. God is good!

-I started my Masters of Arts in Counseling in August. So far, so good. The terms are short terms year-round, and I finished up my first term with a 4.0, something I never did in college. So that’s exciting. I’m loving the idea of counseling others and working with children more and more, and I absolutely love the program I’m in.

-I’m juggling homeschooling Buggy with the two littles and moving earlier this fall, which was NOT easy. Things are finally settling down, so I am able to school him more frequently and I’m able to get back to blogging, which I have sincerely missed.

-I have been tackling DIY projects all over the place in our new home, which is so exciting -and exhausting. I’ve waited a long time for a home of my own to design exactly how I want, and I’m really enjoying using my house as a creative pallet to express our family’s vision and priorities.

I’m amazed that even in my hiatus, you guys are still checking in and reading my little ole blog here. It sure is humbling! Thank you for hanging in there with me while I took a much needed break, and thank you for inspiring me to keep going with my writing, which I so dearly love.

More to come!

Kat

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Simple Sensory Starfish Craft

We just started our ocean unit last week, inspired by the newest member of our pet family: a red beta fish aptly named Lightning McQueen. Continue reading

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Follow Me on Pinterest!

I’ve been busy working on a Pinterest profile specifically for Love Makes a Family for the past month! I have had a personal Pinterest board for a while, but it dawned on me that as much as we talk about crafts with kids, homeschooling, projects, and the trials of being a mom on here, there should be a Pinterest wall to collect goodies from around the internet.

So, without further ado, please feel free to follow me on Pinterest!

Kat

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The “Job” of Ministering in Foster Care

I have to admit to you my lovely readers, that I have been remiss. We got a call a few weeks ago for a little boy in need of a foster home and said yes. He’s close to Little’s age and the two are now as thick as thieves. To say the least, fostering again has been keeping me very busy and this is why I’ve been M.I.A. So I do apologize. I must have sat down a dozen times to write a post announcing our newest arrival and something {or someone} would need my attention and off to the draft file it would go. Continue reading

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Kitchen Table Classroom: Touch-and-Count Cards

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This morning Little and I created some counting cards to help him understand manipulatives better. I simply printed out the numbers on sturdy cardstock in an easy-to-read font and then used things from around the house to glue to each number.

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We used pinto beans, googly eyes, colored cotton balls, black eyed peas, and macaroni noodles to create touch-and-count cards for Little to use to physically SEE and TOUCH the value of each number.

I remembered that when I was in Kindergarten, we used to put dots on each number to remember the value of each digit. Little is such a hands on learner, I thought I could turn the number dot idea into something even more visually exciting.

Happy counting!

Kat

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Lessons I’ve Learned During the Wait

Let me first say, we don’t know anything yet. Our sweet family and friends and church family are on pins and needles to hear from us about this situation, but we still don’t know yet. She didn’t pick up the profile books until Friday because she was staying with a friend all week. My social worker said she would call her over the weekend to see that she did get the books and to check if she’d started going through them yet. I have no idea if that call happened or not, or how it went. Continue reading

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