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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 I am back from my “holiday” (HA!!! Like it ever really is a holiday for a mom!) Things went pretty well. The girls did well in all the new environments and met lots of new surrogate grandparents. We got the inside decorated for Christmas (our family tradition is to decorate the day after Thanksgiving. Mostly because Mike has that day off so he can help!) and most of the outside decorated. I will try to post some pictures soon! Honestly though it’s not much because, frankly, most of the decorations that exist are just plain tacky (no angry letters please)! Basically, I have a corner in the house devoted to all things Christmas although I do have a magnetic advent tree hanging in the living room, and I have a small glass nativity set on the dining room table.

Anyways, enough about my boring life.

So I need your advice (speaking to all foster parents here!).

What methods do you use to discipline/teach the rules of your house to new placements??

Right now, I do like our idea (will post what we do in the next day or two), but I want to know if there are any other methods that may work better. (For those of you who aren’t foster parents feel free to let me know what works for your kids. As foster parents we are very limited on what we are allowed to do for discipline so that’s why I’m asking other foster moms specifically.)

OK, sorry to leave it so short and sweet, but I have to run. I have to finish up laundry and get to bed. I’m exhausted!!!!!

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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…

Oldest…

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

1 pk. each undies and socks

3 pairs of jammies

Middle…

7 full outfits

1 pk socks and 3 pairs of tights

3 pairs of jammies

1 pair of shoes

Baby…

12 full outfits

3 pairs of jammies

1 pair of shoes

1 pk socks

3 pairs tights

For a total of….

$180.00!!!!!!!

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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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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First Night

Things are going really well so far. The girls are just so great…especially the younger two. The oldest one is testing boundaries a bit, but that’s to be expected. I have them all unpacked and have my list of things we need to get tomorrow. They came into care with only the clothes on their backs. The receiving home was kind enough to give them some really cute clothes, but there’s just not enough of them so we are going to get them some more clothes. I also need some more baby water and more pacifiers for the baby.

They are just so darn cute!!!!

So not sure of what their blog names will be…gonna have to think on that one and get back to you! 🙂

Enjoy your night. I know I will be enjoying mine!

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They’re ours!!!

So I got a call at 9am this morning saying that the girls were coming.

To back up a bit because I’m not sure if I posted about this or not…The biggest issue was getting permission to take the girls out of state for church. Well I the day before yesterday, I had a thought…our church has a building that is in our state!! It would means we would have an extra 20 minutes travel time there and back, but it’s not out of the question. So I talked with Mike and he said it was ok with him if we went to the other location. We both think that as time goes on and things settle down, we can maybe revisit the whole out of state thing again, but in the mean time we can go to this location. Everything is the same although it is a bit smaller from my understanding. So we let CPS know what we would be willing to do…apparently that did the trick!!!

So it’s now 1:00pm and was told they would be here between 1 and 1:30!!! I can’t wait. I really believe that God had a hand in this. It’s such a relief because it means that they won’t have to be split.

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Still No Word

Well, we still don’t have any kids. Seems things are going rougher than we thought, but our fight isn’t over. We have made some concessions and the county is trying to see what they can do. The county agrees its in the best interest of the kids to be here, but not sure it’s possible from a legal standpoint. So we are at a standstill. We are still praying that things will work, but know that whatever happens, it will be God’s will and there will be more children for us to love. It’s just hard because we are already in love with them.

I would think that we will have an answer today since they told us we should have had one by Monday. Guess we’ll see.

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