So as you can imagine, we’re extremely busy. Here is a little update:
- First, this past weekend we had a special three day convention we attended. It was absolutely wonderful. I took my two big kids (18 and 20) and five of the littles. I left the baby with another foster family (respite). The children behaved beautifully all three days despite how uncomfy the seating was at the convention center! My son was baptized. My littles paid attention at times. It was great! I will probably share a little more in later days because we learned so much. Awesome!
- Monday, we had our area’s Not Back to School Party. It was HUGE! It was nice seeing so many other homeschoolers in the area. So part of what we do is take a huge group picture. So we got all the kids together for that. Well, someone was sneaky and smart and took a picture of all the moms taking pictures! No way they would have gotten all of us to stand together, ya know!
- Last night, I found out that my three little ones are transitioning to fictive kin. In their case, it is a neighbor of a relative. We have been asked and asked and asked about adopting from placement through earlier this week and it has taken two months from the first “meet you” visit to talking about transitioning. We really thought maybe these were our children. But I feel a real peace about them going to these people. I wish them all the very best.
- Homeschooling with six children seven years old and under takes a LOT more time than you’d think. We are constantly going off on rabbit trails, being distracted by a diaper change or what have you. It is fun, but takes a LOT longer than it would with fewer children. Of course, maybe it is just preparing us for when they are older and it will take more time for the actual work.
- The six month mark passed regarding Sweet Little M being taken halfway across the country to strangers, to her fifth home where she is now in need of professional help to deal with the trauma of what has happened to her because the state and her “new parents” had other interests, not her best interests, in mind. I am still angry, bitter, sad, scared, worried, fearful, disgusted; but actually, all of these have died down a great deal. Now I simply love my little girl from afar and believe more than ever that our Heavenly Father is more than capable of helping her for now and forever.
Hopefully, I can keep up with my blog a little better in the weeks to come. I do know I have a review I’ll put up this weekend. I would also like to share a couple pictures and thoughts from the convention. We have all sorts of pictures of our school days also. And the children have made amazing progress. Tons of stuff to post if I can just find time to post them.