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The great return!

Ok, so I have been gone for quite a long time and I really want to get my blog back up and moving. Things have been quite crazy around here for quite awhile now and are finally starting to get back to some sort of normalcy.

First, I’m pretty sure I talked about the 3 little girls that we had. Well sadly, last week we had to say good-bye to our oldest. She just had more troubles than we could help with her. We hung in as long as we could (almost 10 months), but just felt in the end it was in everyone’s best interest (even hers) to request a change of placement. It was such a battle in my mind to make that decision! Things are a lot calmer in our home now and I’m a lot calmer so it really is a decision I’m at peace with.

So at this point, we are down to 2, plus Carter. I have 2 open spots and am really excited to get more kids in here soon!! We are doing respite next weekend as well so that will be fun. We havn’t done respite since our current placements arrived.

Well, I plan to return to regular posting starting now and I am just so excited to be back!


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Well I’ve been MIA from the blogging world for quite some time. I think I just needed a break to get things in my life back in order. After all the illness and such I was feeling a little in the dumps because my house was a mess and I was a mess. So I’m now back on track and ready to get back involved.

We still have the girls and actually are working on getting a 4th placement. We are going vehicle shopping this weekend and we are looking to get a dreaded mini-van. Hopefully all goes well. We also want to go down to 1 vehicle. I just don’t go anywhere during the day when Mike is at work. He gets home around 2 so I just schedule all of our appointments after that. Anyways, my point in all this is if we get a mini-van we will be able to hold 1 more child. I really want one more, but being that we want to go to one vehicle, we need to be able to fit all of us in one car. I’m not too excited about driving a mini-van (it’s my own prejudice), but it will make traveling a million times easier. Right now I can get our kids in the car, but nothing else…not even our double stroller.

Well, that’s it for now. I just wanted to let my many faithful readers, that I am back!

Love you all!!

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Well life isn’t really back to normal yet, but I’m hoping it will come soon. I would have been back sooner, but I threw my back out again (dislocated the joints in my back again) so I’ve been laid up for the last week and a half. I have my laptop, but the pain pills make it hard for me to concentrate on anything because they make me so tired, but at least I had some help with the kids. It’s starting to feel better now though and things are going well. I have a lot of house work and laundry to catch up on, but it will happen. Over the holidays, we got some bit house projects done so that at least is a big to-do that I was able to cross off our list.

It has been very cold here which has kept us shut in. I am definitely getting cabin fever!!!

Well, the kids are calling, but I plan for things to get back to normal now!!

Btw, I haven’t had a chance to do much reading either so let me know how you all are doing!!!

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Ok, so I wanted to brag quick about all the insanely great deals I got for the girls. They each get $150 as a 1 time clothing allowance. Past that, we are responsible for clothing them out of our monthly funds. Here’s what I got…


10 full outfits (either dress, or shirt and pants)

1 pk. each undies and socks

3 pairs of jammies


7 full outfits

1 pk socks and 3 pairs of tights

3 pairs of jammies

1 pair of shoes


12 full outfits

3 pairs of jammies

1 pair of shoes

1 pk socks

3 pairs tights

For a total of….


Yes that’s right!!! That’s total! Not each!! Man, I’m so proud of myself. This will leave enough money for clothes in the spring for all of them too!!

How did I do it?? Well, we have a children’s consignment store here and the owner is a HUGE supporter of foster families and what we do so she gives 25% off to us. Most clothing is $5 or less! It’s an awesome resource because I can get so much more bang for my buck. There’s always really cute stuff too! She doesn’t take anything that is stained or heavily worn and quite often I find stuff that still has tags on them. It’s so wonderful because I’m so picky on clothes. I feel like they should have really nice and really cute clothes…it’s the least they deserve right!!??

OK done with the bragging now! You may move on with your day! 🙂

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Not Again!


I woke up this morning and I’m sick…AGAIN!!!! I have already paid my sick dues for the year!! So I’m declaring today national Roehl Home “I can’t believe I’m not butter (oops!) better day!” Also known as “Crap, I’m sick again! day”!

Hope your day goes better than mine.

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Things went really well last night. I was hoping to get a bit more sleep and have time to get up and take a get ready for the day. It almost happened. Carter got up (which is typical – he usually just comes to our room to watch tv for awhile), the oldest of the girls got up too at 6:30 so I had to make them both sit on the couch in our room and told them to be quiet so they didn’t wake the little ones while I took a shower. Well, you can imagine how that went so after a few warning we had to do a timeout, but in the end, I was able to do my shower, hair and makeup which is pretty good.

Today is going to be our big shopping trip. I need to get some clothes for the girls. They didn’t come with a whole lot so I have my list and we are gonna hit the stores this morning. Should be interesting. I did ask my mom to come along to help corral, but I’m not sure I’m going to wait that long (she is a volunteer tutor and has to do that today). In case, I don’t find what I’m looking for at Walmart, I’m gonna go to an outlet mall that’s about 45 minutes away and I will definitely need her then!!

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So the last few days (besides having a backache), I have been exceptionally sluggish and maybe even a little down in the dumps. Just no motivation to get off my butt really. Well as soon as they called this morning about the girls, I got up and started moving!! I got the house picked up and cleaned, dishes done, picked Carter up from my parents church (mom was getting ready for their Thanksgiving Dinner there.), Carter and I went to Subway to meet Mike for lunch, came home, vacuumed, cleaned bathrooms, etc.

So you’re probably wondering what it is that I actually realized…

Well, I do better the busier I am!! I do a better job keeping my house clean, I do a better job cooking (meaning I actually DO), I do a better job keeping up with Carter’s homeschooling! Plus, I just in general feel better and have more energy!!

I think this was a really important realization because next time I’m feeling like all I want to do is sit around and watch tv and be a slug, I know that all I need to do is find something to do!!

**Cleaning, however, is not enough to make me not feel sluggish!!!

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