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Where We Are

2011 December 30


We’re not in the same place we were year ago.

The twin beds for the larger room came this morning; the one for the single room last week. Our friend, Curt, and his son Artem helped us with that one. I was standing in the Original Mattress Factory on a rainy Wednesday night, called Curt on my cell phone and asked, “Hey, what are you doing?”

That last was typical, people helping us, and things falling together at the right time. We have some small things to do, and one paperwork snafu (an original was destroyed and has to be replace) that should resolve itself shortly. These things happen; we’ve beat worse.

Our home visit was a week before Christmas and it went very well. Telling our stories and verbally articulating our call gave us greater clarity.

So, we’re ending 2011 in a much better place than we began; and 2012 is beginning with great optimism. We’re going to have kids in this house and we’re going to be helping them; and they’ll be helping us too.

Another change I’ll be making is my blog schedule. I’ll be posting each Tuesday and Friday beginning next week. If you’re really missing a Monday blog entry you should do what I do and read Dr. Stanko’s The Monday Memo. Dr. Stanko is my pastor, teacher and mentor, and as I’ve shared earlier, an important part of our journey.

Thank you for reading me this year. I hope you stay with me in the year to come, and beyond.

God bless.

And thank you, Jesus, for everything you’ve seen us through.


Photo: “Silhouette of signpost against a winter sky” by Killick1

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Michelle Goff permalink
    December 30, 2011

    Praying for continued success for you and Jennifer in your journey helping these children.

    • December 30, 2011

      Thank you so much, Michelle. We need a wall f prayer around us! 🙂

  2. Peggy permalink
    December 30, 2011

    Woooooo Hoooooo!!!!! So excited for you and Jennifer!!!!! Parenting has got to be one of the most challenging, but most rewarding experiences of a lifetime! God Bless You Both!!!! I am just so excited for you that’s all I can say!!!!! What a Blessing!! for you and for those children!!!

  3. January 26, 2012

    I came upon this all by chance. I don’t do well on Facebook. I am so proud of you and
    Jennifer. You will be very good foster parents. I read all of your websites tonight and you
    both have worked hard in wanting to do this. Just remember that St. Joseph was a foster
    father to Jesus and they were both carpenters. If anything needs to be done, just mention
    it to them, and it will be taken care of in some way. Let me know when you receive your
    first child. You are both in my prayers . Love to you both, Mommy Dearest

    • January 26, 2012

      Your sign off reminds me: we got rid of all our wire hangers last weekend.

      It should happen any time. Our license went through Jan. 13.

      Thank you for your prayers and support. Almost everyone in our class last year had someone tell them they were “asking for trouble” or something else negative from family. Jennifer and I are so grateful that all we’ve gotten is support and encouragement.

      I love you, mom.

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