Thursday, November 16, 2017

First Respite Care Placement

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A couple of weeks ago, 2-year-old Little A. was placed with us for for 10 days of respite care. I spoke with her regular foster mom on the phone before she arrived, but only realized when she pulled up at the front door that I had met and liked the foster mom from a brunch I had attended with the foster support group in our region.

A. had been with her foster mom since A. was 11-months old, and they are very attached to each other. So A. struggled for the first couple of days with her "mom" being gone, and would often ask "when is Mommy coming home?"

She is a lovely little girl, very sweet and well-behaved. She is also a great sleeper and a big eater. When I took her to our church's Reformation Celebration potluck dinner, she gobbled up the pot roast I put on her plate, so we went out and bought her some deli meat so she wouldn't have to abide by our pescatarian ways.

The kids loved her. She and Sinclair are very similar in age, and they played very well together overall; Sinclair was getting a little crabby with her towards the end, which wasn't surprising. A. joined us for our big Halloween party as few days before the actual holiday, and we took all three kids trick-or-treating.

It was interesting to watch other people's reactions to us going places with a child of another skin color. There were lots of double takes and questioning looks, and I think at one point, it was only the fact that both girls were wearing matching winter hats, that kept one woman demanding proof that A. was in my care.

The first couple of days were somewhat challenging. It's weird having someone new in your house for that long, you know? A. demanded more attention than my children do and that was a bit wearing to me. We discovered that our the way we do laundry just wasn't going to work for five people, so we had to devise a new way of organizing that. There were other, smaller, but similar revelations about how our family works and how things need to be streamlined. By the end of her time with us, we started to have things ironed out, and it all began to feel more normal.

And then, she was gone. I've talked to her foster mom a couple of times since, and she said it was clear that A. had a great time with us. As I thought would happen, Luther was really upset when she left, but the leaving was eased for all of us by the fact that we'll see A. again at our local DCF office and support groups again.

We couldn't have asked for a better first placement. As of right now, we are in the first few days of having a tiny, one-month old boy with us. He'll be here for at least a month, and we just adore him.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Apple Picking

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A couple of weeks ago, we went apple picking at our favorite apple orchard, Gould Hill Farm, up in New Hampshire. We took Piercen's mom there for the first time two years ago and were enthralled -- I think we're going to make it a yearly tradition. Keep on scrolling for a ridiculous number of ridiculously cute photos.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We're Licensed!

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We are now an officially licensed foster care family! To start out with, we're going to do respite care for kids two years old or younger. Respite care is short term foster care for when regular foster parents need a break for a couple of days. And we're going with two yrs old and under in order to maintain birth order among the kids in the house. We've already been contacted about taking a little girl in for a couple of days; I'm not sure it's going to work out because of some logistics, but it might and that's pretty exciting. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recent Thrifting Finds

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Child's wicker chair.
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Five brass electric candlesticks for Christmas decor. 
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Batman jacket for superhero obsessed Boy Wonder. 
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Sweater and jean shirt for Sinclair. 
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Shirt and pj pants for Luther. 
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A pair of gray and a pair of reg. blue jeans for me and a pair of jeans for Sinclair. 

Savers had their Columbus Day 50% off sale on Monday, so I took the kids in the morning. We arrived about eight minutes after the store opened, and it was already packed. I didn't even attempt to go down most of the women's clothing racks. I did go down the dress aisle and got into a verbal altercation with a woman who worked there. For the record, my children were obviously playing quietly off to the side, and the only people blocking the aisle was the woman and her clothing rack. 

That chair is totally adorbs. It's in the kids' room now but I think once we (read: Pierce) build them a playhouse outside, hopefully this spring it will probably go out there. I almost bought similar candlesticks a couple of years ago, but didn't and have regretted that decision every Christmas since we bought the house. Clothes are clothes, except for that Batman jacket--I'm teaching myself not to keep a stranglehold on his fashion choices, it was almost worth seeing the delight on his face when I told him we would get it.