Thursday, February 11, 2016

February's 10 on 10

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month,  (Wednesday).
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day! }

I got on the computer in the dark wee hours while the house slept to get some work done. It has been very challenging to get anything done with snow days and one high-maintenance kid who isn't attending school.

My favorite two ways to pray are writing and walking (obviously I need to choose just one at a time ;). While its cold outside, I pace in my kitchen.

Its been a process getting H transferred to a school where we live. This was day two in a row at this particular school, talking to people, filling out paperwork, registering for classes, etc.

When we arrived it was freezing and snowing. Usually we have to buzz in though someone let us in the front entrance then said, we're in lockdown, so you'll have to stay here. What? Why did you let us in?? Thankfully, it was just a drill. So incredibly sad that our kids live in a world where those drills are necessary.

Finally I'd gathered enough paperwork and met with enough people that we were able to proceed with picking classes for the remainder of H's freshman year.

The snow tapered, so we hit our three properties.

Then we went to the mall to get necessities like school pants and shoes. H immediately spotted these shoes on the wall as the coolest ones. I had silently noticed them right off too, but I noted to myself how ugly they were. The young sales guy supported H's opinion that they were really cool. I'm getting old!!

School pick of the best times of the day.

From the library we borrowed Aiden a Star Wars book with a read-aloud CD...he was riveted.

When I went back to pick Amanda up from Knitting Club, I saw police cars and an ambulance. Fresh from my lock down drill earlier in the day my heart skipped a couple beats and I immediately started praying emergency prayers.  You know....the big fancy ones like Oh, Jesus!

They were doing CPR on Avery's classmate's grandpa, who was there to pick up his granddaughter. Sadly, he did not survive his heart attack.

Bedtime comes too soon for this little guy...he's ready by 7PM and still I have to wake him up in the mornings at 7:30 AM.

The big kids came in rosy-cheeked from night sledding.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Correct Path

Its been a tough time in the world of foster care. It doesn't ever get un-hard, but sometimes the hard is harder. The first days and weeks of a new kid are always particularly challenging while we all figure each other out, establish rules of engagement and get settled. At the same time we are also sending one out and that comes with lots of emotion for all parties involved. All of this while Shaun is in the height of the tax season craziness.

I feel inadequate, under-qualified and then realize...I am! That knowledge sends me to my knees as I ask for wisdom, power, patience. I'm so thankful for God's grace! And like I remind the kids, its a new day, with new mercies!

"The weaker you are, the more obvious it is who is really in charge."

Monday, February 8, 2016

Project 365, Week 6

A day of pain followed by the seven-month anniversary of my surgery followed by a less than positive visit with a new wound doctor had me feeling frustrated and discouraged this week. My expectations and my timeline were so different than the reality of where we are now and the constant, day after day suspense we've been living with, the what's-going-to-happen-next, when-is-this-going-to-be-over dailyness of it is wearing.

So when I woke up on that next morning, I did the only thing I could do. I gave it all to God. The Bible tells us that we can cast all our cares on Him because he cares for us. Its all too much for me to carry and worry about so I purposed not to.

And then I just praised Him. I thanked Him for being a big, big God and for loving me and for taking care of me. I thanked Him for the blessings in my life, an inexhaustible list, and I remembered all the reasons I have to worship. And I determined to focus on His power and not my problems. It didn't make them magically go away, I'm just not under the weight of them anymore.

And this is my prayer in the fire

In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Here's some of those blessings I am thankful for. :)

February 1
Lots of basketball shooting going on this week, especially for Aiden and Amanda. Aiden was recently shown how to shoot such that the ball actually goes into the hoop, which has, understandably, made the endeavor much more enjoyable. He tries to get 50 baskets and then the next day he tries for 75 and on.

The goal Amanda is working on is to not cause fights while she's out there playing with others. :)

February 2
More of the same.

February 3
The sunrise was superb, which was such a gift because the rest of the day was gray and rainy.

When I came in the house from taking pictures and talking to God, I found the girls were up and admiring the view as well.

Train them up in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart. ;)

February 4
I made several attempts to play basketball with Aiden in various ways (guard him, feed him the ball, etc) but he really just prefers me to be out there watching him while he talks and talks. And talks.

Its something I've learned and am learning...slowing down enough to really listen. To be available for the talks of legos and battles and hoops. First, its all of high importance to him and I'm honored he wants to share it with me. But also I've found that beautiful heart-talks are hidden right in the middle of a monologue about weaponry on a lego ship or fun facts about sharks.

February 5
Our first SNOW day! It snowed until about 3 PM and then the sun came out and God showed off.

February 6
Basketball and shoveling and sledding.

My favorite part of the day was when Shaun came home before 9 PM and the kids got to stay up late because it wasn't a school night. We tucked in close together and hung out. What do they do for fun on a Saturday night? Math problems!!

February 7
BRONCOS Day, aka the Super Bowl. :)

The three brothers...the most knowledgable, die hard fans I know.

Dance party during the half time show.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

He Directs The Snow

I really kind of like Groundhog Day. Its completely silly and I have no idea how it made it onto the calendar as an actual event, but regardless, its a day when we talk about Spring and that's a good thing! My kids love all the seasons, so they are hoping for more snow this winter.  In the meantime, I have these pictures to look back on from the storm last week. When I see them, I hear laugher, squeals of delight and fights over the sleds and whose turn it is. :)

The next day...

He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down. Job 37:6