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Has it been 90 days yet?? Since court 10 days ago, I've been trying to remember how to "enjoy the journey" in regards to our sibling set and our preggo birth mama. I need to be enjoying my sleep filled nights and the somewhat normalcy of our day before baby sibling graces us with her adorable presence, if and when that actually happens. You just never know. I am banking on my history with God though and all of my "I would never statements..." For example, I've said the following in the past: "I would never become a foster parent. I would never take a child older than 1. I would never invite the birth parents over to our house." And most recently, "I would never take a newborn now." I think God hears me say these things and He's like, "Oh ye of little faith, EVERTHING is possible with God. I'll show you." :) Because then I can give all the glory to HIM, because I never desired it in the first place. He put those desires …

John 13:35

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"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:35
In this journey as foster parents, this verse is our inspiration and our constant reminder of why we do what we do. Thank you to everyone for such wonderful compliments on our love towards these parents. I give all the glory and honor to the One who called us to this, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him, our selfish, sin nature would undoubtedly take over every day. 
What a blessing this is to get to minister and love these hurting people. What an honor it is for Seth to be asked to speak in front of hundreds on the importance of birth parent relationships. I still cannot believe this is our life. There are hard parts, no doubt, but please know that they do not compare at all to the joy and the blessings that have been bestowed on us during this journey. We thank God every single day for every part because we are certain that He will work it all out for His good and His glory.…

God's timing is definitely not my timing.

Mom gets 90 more days to prove herself. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I feel like she's had ample time to show her concern and love for these children. I love her and care for her a whole lot, but she cannot safely and effectively parent these children. She needs a parent, for goodness sake. DHS wants this new baby to be born before they make any rulings so that it will apply to her as well. I understand that, but I am so ready for this to be over. God is gently reminding me though that His ways are not my ways and I am grateful and accepting of that. My heart is sad for mom. She had a rough day, parts of which I'm not comfortable blogging about, so I will leave it at that. Please pray for her and this unborn baby's safety.

Butterflies

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It's about that time. Court is next week for our sibling set and my belly is doing flips. As a reminder, this court date could decide whether rights will be terminated or if she will get more time to work her plan. In addition to that, it will also likely decide whether or not unborn sibling enters dhs custody when she's born. I have no idea what to expect since we have had 5 different caseworkers in 9 months. I'm not sure what I even want to happen, there are so many options. I can't believe it's already here. I told their birth mom I would go to support her, and I will go, but I really don't want to. I like to send my husband as the rep for our family. I hate court. I feel like I'm going to puke the whole time I'm there. Please pray for peace and understanding for everyone involved. Thank you.


House pictures, finally.

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I have 5 out of 6 kids napping right now, so I thought I would take some quick pics since my kitchen is clean. I am going to show before and after so that you can see how incredibly hard my hubby has worked on this house. The house was completely gutted, as in there were no walls, ceilings, floors, etc. Due to some serious structural issues, it all had to be torn down and replaced. If you haven't seen the upstairs pics, here is the link to those. We still have a few things to do and finish, but we are so happy to be here and seeing Seth more!! It was a long 5 months without him!

The yellow that we painted most of the house is a soft, buttercream yellow. The camera and the light in the pictures don't do it justice, just an fyi. :)















Now the rest of the pics still need a little work and I have a napping child in one of the pictures, but if I don't post them now, it will likely never happen.