Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Progress in the Nursery

I don't know what to call the room for our future foster child because if we get a 3 yr old I suppose it won't be called a nursery- but for now we are going to go with nursery. It's easier than "future girl child room/nursery for foster or adopt child".

2 days ago I posted a picture of the room. Today I'm happy to report it looks much better.

I have had help. Lindsey came and helped move all the stuff into the office and my mom has been helping clean and organize.

And look...

A crib!
Yes, it's the same color of the wall right now but just wait!

We are in medication training right now so I better get back to listening. Here's a snapshot of one of the slides:

There's a test (no seriously, there is) so I need to listen.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, February 27, 2012

Our Girl Nursery

The design for our girl nursery is coming along nicely.  More details HERE but I thought I would give you a sneak peak since I talked about it in my previous post. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is your house ready for inspection?

That's kind of the call I got last week.  Arrow want's to come back out to the house and see if we have made the changes talked out in November and if we finished construction and have a safe and appropriate room ready for our future foster child. 

Does this count?

And that's when I had a mini panic attack. 

You see, they came over in November and looked at the house and mentioned a few things we needed to correct.  We need a fire extinguisher, some smoke detectors, a bedroom ready for a child, a locked medicine cabinet, and the tools in the garage put away. 

From the November visit to last week we had accomplished one of those things... the tools in the garage are all put away... and I really didn't help with that. 

So they called and want to come take a look because 3 months is a logical amount of time to finish those tasks.  Isn't it? 

I went home to take a look around and snapped the picture above so I could prove to you my panic attack was reasonable. 

Then we got to work.  Finishing the bedroom is the first priority.  Sticking smoke detectors to the ceiling and putting in a fire extinguisher shouldn't be that hard so I wanted to focus on the biggest mess.  It was and is a long process of moving piles of stuff from one side of the room to another and from one room to another.  My mom came to help and moved more piles around.  Then I got tired and moved a bunch of stuff to the garage and told Mike to shove it in the attic.  I don't know what's up there, and I don't care.

The room doesn't only have to be cleaned out, it has to be appropriate for a child to live in.  A child who could be anywhere from 0-3.  That's a big age range when we are talking development. 

Planning this room should be easy for me, designing is what I do, after all.  But it has brought up a range of emotions I did not expect.  I feel rediculous buying furniture and decorations for this room.  It's silly really but I'm not pregnant and we are totally operating on faith that God will place a child in our home and it's hard to move forward on faith.  It just is.  I hate to say that because this whole journey has been on faith and it is so exciting because I want to see what God will do and I want to learn to depend on him and trust that he will provide everything we need.  I still DO trust that but it's still easy to let our human emotions take over.  I feel like people must think I am rediculous for picking out a bed and bedding and decorations but hello, I shouldn't care what others think.  Could I put a pack and play in a guest bedroom and call it a kids room?  Sure.  But I don't want to.  I want each of my children to have a room to call their own even if they are only "mine" for a temporary period of time. 

So the crib is here, the bedding is on the way and the room is almost ready to become a real nursery.  Hopefully I can post details of that soon. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Check This Out

If you are not following THIS BLOG you are missing out on good stuff... like custom valentines and the colors scheme for our future daughters room.

Good.  Stuff.

While we are at it- you should probably follow my Facebook Page too.

Thanks.  Glad we are friends!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Half Way Done- Foster/Adopt Process

I’ve been saying we are half way done but that’s truly just an estimate on my part.  I don’t get a 1/2 way certificate or a high five or anything like that.  Some checkmarks on our list is all I have to go by.  We have done about 26 hours of the 50 hours of training and done about half the paperwork. 
There’s a lot of paperwork but it’s really nothing difficult.  I saved the difficult stuff for last.  Like now we need to create a floor plan of our house with all the emergency exit routes and location of the fire extinguisher.  Oh wait, I do that for a living so that shouldn’t be too hard! 
We also have the fire inspection left.  The city of Hurst fire inspector will come to the house and make sure everything is safe.  We are waiting to make that call until the new office is finished (long story) and we have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and a smoke detector in every room.  All minor changes but all cost money and we need a little more time on that. 

The trainings have been good.  They are mostly trying to get us ready to work with children who are abused and neglected and how to make sure WE don’t get in trouble with CPS.  It’s heartbreaking to sit and hear about the level of abuse these children are coming to foster care with.  It reminds me of how broken our world is.  I don’t understand how someone could hurt a child so badly they may never recover.  It reminds me that we live in a sinful world, a broken world.  Thank goodness it’s only temporary!

It also reminds me why we are doing this.  Not in a “we are so great for taking care of children” way but a “who do we think we are that we can make a difference?  I can’t even keep my house clean, how can I make a difference?”  It’s hard and it’s heavy and it’s discouraging.  I guess we have to stay focused on what God has called us to do.  It seems so small and insignificant but that’s not the point.  We want to show the love of Christ to whatever child(ren) are placed in our home, our caseworker, CPS worker, bio parents, etc.  We want them to know that they are loved, valued and cherished and no matter what happened in their past, it does not define them.  It doesn’t take a super hero to tell a child that.  Just regular people like you and me… and thank goodness, cause I’m so far from a superhero!

Meanwhile we have started telling Cason he is getting a sister sometime soon.  He’s thrilled.  Okay not really.  He doesn’t know what to say about it.  I don’t think he really understands.  Right now he would really rather have a real racecar or a scooter or a trip to the beach than a sister.  Oh well, he has to learn the world doesn’t revolve around him at some point!

I’ll show you more of our progress around the house to get ready soon.  If you are on pinterest I have a pinterest board with the things I love for a girl nursery if you are interested.  More of that coming later….
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Swidget 1.0