We have thought about becoming foster parents and adopting for years. In fact, I think I even posted about us applying to be foster parents just before I was approached about coaching for BMC. When I decided to take the coaching job, we put fostering on hold.
The Lord has kept bringing this up before us, and most recently we felt like the timing was right. In March we got another application packet and began working on it. During the month of April we went to certification classes, and things have just now come together at the end of June.
We got a call a few days ago, and we will be getting our first placement tomorrow! Because of privacy issues, I really can't say much about it all, but she is a beautiful 12 month old girl, and we are all looking forward to meeting her.
We haven't had a baby in our house in a LONG time, and we had way too much fun in Wal-Mart last weekend!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
It's summertime on the farm... and that means lots of babies around here! We received our order of 100 meat birds and 25 laying hens in the mail! Yes, in the mail... You can order chickens online, and they get mailed to your post office. The post master calls us as soon as they arrive, and we go pick them up. Crazy... you can get anything online these days!
Sally, on the other hand, came through for us. One night I went outside to plug in the heat lamp for the chicks. Strangely, Linda was out of her fence and under the shop, and Sally was no where to be seen. I went down to the barn to check on her, and sure enough, there were two BRAND NEW babies in the barn! I mean BRAND NEW!! What good timing! I ran for my headlamp and Hannah was awake to know what was going on. She came out and jumped right in with the clean up. It was so neat!
One week I had to lifeguard at BMC during basketball camp, and the kids enjoyed going with me and getting to swim.
Below is the XC camp group enjoying some watermelon after their end of the week time trial and ultimate frisbee match.
On a sad note, Scott's grandmother, Mary Sue Duley passed away this month. She was doing well and getting around fine, but a fall led to a broken hip which led to an unexpected stroke. She was 87 years old. Scott and the three younger kids went to Florida for several days for the funeral and to be with family. Hannah and I had to stay at home because of two running camps and farmer's market.
Toward the end of the month we went to Atlanta to visit Stefanie, her kids, Katie, and Avery (Jack and Jackie's daughter). We had a quick visit but really enjoyed getting cousins together!
Above: Avery, Hannah, and Rebecca having fun!
This summer got off to a busy start. Before the kid's school year was even over, we went to Memphis for Brian Duley's graduation from the University of Memphis. The graduation was postponed because the Grizzlies made it to the playoffs, so the crawfish boil came before the graduation ceremony.
Below- Brian and his Hannah enjoying the day
On Memorial day weekend, our annual trip to the river was postponed by a day. The boys went on to the river with my parents, but the rest of us stayed behind, because Sydney Morris got married! Hannah made mini poundcakes for the reception, and they were delicious!
When we arrived at the river, we had our usual fun swimming, boating, and riding on the screamer. Of course good food under the pavillion and lots of soft drinks are always a sure thing...
Monday, May 13, 2013
In that week, Facebook was busy with these little photo postcards showing support for runners and the city of Boston. These are a few of my favorites...
(I am sorry this has a crude word, but I loved how the smaht is spelled like the people in Boston talk! And, that was my view ahead for the whole marathon- a sea of people as far up the road as I could see!)
When we got to Corinth, the people who have run or qualified to run Boston gathered for a picture for the Corinth newspaper.
Before the introductions and such, Roan, Koach, Jimmy, and I got our picture together.
Everyone crowded around the Coke sign for a giant group shot...
During the run, Hannah, Olivia, Julie, and Leslie ran together and visited. Hillary and I ran together, and Mom and Sarah kept an eye on Hillary's younger children.
At the end, there was a blue and yellow finish line set up for Roan and Koach, and they got to cross and receive finisher medals...
Roan and Jimmy right after
Roan and I...
I love this picture of my sister!!