Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 - Moving Forward

Once I got behind on the blog - it was overwhelming to try and catch up.

Cause I have this thing in my head that it all needs to be chronological,  you know.

And so I had several stories that started in my head,
and made their way to partial print....
sitting in the "draft" folder.
But they never got finished.

So today, I decided,
I'm over that.... it's a new year.
You just aren't going to know those stories.  OK??

I gotta move on.

Here's some ways I'm trying.

Today, January 30th is the one year mark since sweet angel baby left our home.
I've thought about her a lot this week.
I still miss her.
I would still take her back.
But I am happy that she is safe where she is.
That she is loved.
That she is wanted.

A lot of foster kids don't go back to those kind of places, so I am thankful for that.

Another way to move on, that we are leaving Guam in May.

I need a whole Jerry Springer mini-series for our last three years on Guam.
The ups and downs and ends and outs of foster care -
but then, there is the blog, so maybe I'll get to that.

Moving on....

Call me shallow
or lame

But one of my goals of the New Year was to catch up the laundry.
Whatever your opinion is about that,
keep it to yourself.

7 people live here
and a dog;
and it's hot,
year around;
and the kids play sports,
and I run
and there is none of wearing something twice
you sweat,
you stink,
the clothes need to be washed

Anywho....I did it.
I got it all caught up,
including clean sheets on everyone's bed.

I matched the giant basket full of socks
And threw away the rest
(my mom would be so proud, she spent 2 weeks here trying to find sock matches,
I think she was ready to go out and just buy new socks for everyone.)

So, I'm keeping up with the laundry and not letting the pile get "too big".


I have got to stay home more.

See, honestly, after Meleah left, staying home was NOT healthy for me -
I was a wreck.
so when the kids were at school,
I stayed out of the house.

And it looks like it.

BUT....we are moving to Virginia and there has to be some organization done around here before the movers come in.  Otherwise, the chaos gets moved.  That can't be good.

Along the lines of moving:

Foster Care update - the girls that we have in our home have lived with us for 13 months.
Their situation was supposed to be temporary.
Clearly, not.
We have another court date at the end of March which may, (or may not) provide us with guardianship.
If it is granted, we will be moving to Virginia with five kids.  It still overwhelms me a little to say,
"I have five kids".    I can't explain the ball of emotions over the last year.  Foster care is a mixed bag.
I would never lie to someone considering foster care and say, "YOU WILL LOVE IT!"

There are blessings in the storm - always, 
but it's still a storm.

And last but not least:

I ordered Christmas cards with an online coupon on Black Friday.
Yes, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

They still haven't come.

I kept thinking EVENTUALLY.... but still no.  And Friday is Feb.
So now, if they come....that's just TOTALLY wrong to mail them.

That's my OOG for the YEAR - no Christmas cards.  GASP!!

I love getting Christmas cards - so don't scratch me off your list because you didn't get one.

*(I did get a refund from the company)

That's all the random in my head.

Melda out....

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Running


Over 1000 miles in 2012 

Some months better than others
Some times faster than others
some long runs
some short runs
some painful runs

some races

some run / walk / laugh with friends / and then run some more

and more than anything,

Great friendships made

Special thanks 
to all the running ladies out there 
that support 
and encourage every step

It's not the distance
it's the journey!  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Isaac is a teenager!!

We celebrated Isaac's 13th birthday with our wonderful friends - the Cook family.

We also celebrated in a way that can only happen on a tropical island.......

at a waterpark!

We left the water park and went to Chili's for dinner.... (Isaac's choice)

.....and then......

We  had a New Year's Eve concert at church with fireworks at midnight.....

 The party continues with birthday cake on New Year's Day - (Isaac was born at 3:17am - so he usually gets to party on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day)

Happy Birthday buddy!
I love you!