Wow!  It has been awhile, hasn’t it?  I can’t even believe how quickly the time has gone!  Since my last entry, we have changed seasons three times – plants have budded, blossomed, and withered.  Spring brought fresh air and cool nights; summer was full of carefree days of swimming, sports, and travel; autumn has brought fabulous color and daily routine to life.

For us as a family, this autumn brought a new ‘season’ of life.  All four of my children are now in school all day.  What a change that has brought to this home and to me, personally!  Gone are the days of having to attempt to get household chores and projects done while changing diapers, reading A-B-C books, taking morning walks, preparing lunches, getting home in time for afternoon naps, etc.  But then again, maybe not…

Vulnerable BabiesNo, no, this is not where I write an announcement about being pregnant again! 🙂  However, after having the idea in the back of our minds for many years, Max and I have finally started the process of becoming foster parents.  We are excited, and yes, even a bit apprehensive, about this new family endeavor!  Our children are fully on board and can’t wait for the first child to arrive.

During the summer months, Max and I attended the 10-week training course that is required of all prospective foster parents.  Unfortunately, Max had to miss a couple of classes so he will be making those up in late November.  After he does so, and after we complete the mound of paperwork and other requirements (fingerprinting, fireplace inspection, etc.), we hope to be officially certified as foster parents through the Monroe County DHS by early December.

So… I will be sure to keep you updated!  Thanks for your prayers as we tread down this path that the Lord has led us on as a family!

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. –James 1:27