Much has changed since I last posted. Prior to our road trip I was becoming a negative person. I knew I wanted something but I didn’t know exactly what that was, or how to go about getting it. Our life was in a constant state of change and it became a roller coaster we couldn’t get off. During our road trip some things became very clear to our family. We were able to prioritize and set goals to check off some of the dreams for our family.
Our family found a charming little house in a very diverse community. By charming I mean about 900 square living feet. (Has an unfinished basement) Originally I was not too thrilled to come see this house. I wanted a smaller house, but the square footage of this one scared me some. When we walked in I loved the hard wood floors, open floor plan, big fenced in back yard, and fireplace in the kitchen. The bedrooms are a tad smaller than I would like but overall I fell in love with the house the moment I saw it. “Tad” as in you better not put anything outside of the necessities, or you will need to climb over it. Our home fit the requirement of perfect for a minimalist lifestyle and inviting. This house has quickly become home even though our first few months here have been nightmareish and we have been in constant contractor revolving door mode. The night we moved in we found out our pipes were cracked. I was sore after moving all day and was looking forward to a long hot bath which I enjoyed, however, when I pulled the plug I heard what sounded like a shower below me. That shower was the pipes spraying water all over the basement. The fireplace needs to be replaced as the flue, trap etc is broken. Our sink leaked and toilets ran constantly. Not long after moving in we had a bad storm which caused a tree to take out our fence, and we found our roof was leaking in two spots. Another storm and we found our garage flooded, window broke in the basement, foundation is shifting which is causing water to come into the basement and our gutters need replacing. It’s old and weathered but its home.
We wanted to be more involved in the community and our passion is kids. We have always wanted to get into foster care but felt called by the Lord to look into an organization called Safe Families but from here on out I will address it as SF. It is an organization that believes in neighbor helping neighbor. Typically, they do not deal with abused or neglected children but they offer a hand up to those in need. In America we have many children living on the streets or in cars. Many of the families that come to SF come from a extreme poverty conditions. We researched and decided to volunteer as a host family. If you have an extra bedroom and want to get involved, check it out. As I said it is volunteer, you will not get paid. They need help in many way and are nation wide. Since we joined SF we have had 9 kids (not all at once) in our care over 6 months time. I won’t go into detail of the cases for privacy reasons. Being a host family is rewarding and challenging. Biggest thing is kids need love, food, shelter, and consistency. We love each and every little person we have had the pleasure of having in our care. Until we became a host family our faith was strong, but we have grown so much more through this process. It is clear to us that growth happens when you are uncomfortable. Our lives are finding passion in things that didn’t matter that much to us before. We are excited to see what the Lord has in mind for our family and the road we will be led down.
We continued homeschooling our children for another year, yet our focus has changed some. Our lesson planner is the guide but obsess about checking all the boxes every day. We have decided to focus on their hearts rather than their brains. That doesn’t mean we are ignoring their education. We have chosen to take a more minimalist. We tossed out the thrills of bright colored fill in the blank curriculum in exchange for a more black and white approach. For math we stuck with Saxon homeschool. History we purchased through Notgrass Press. Science we are using Apologia. I love Apologia in the older years but the younger years have really caused me to twitch in frustration. I recently have been exposed to Rod and Staff science and I love it for the younger years. For English and Bible we are using Rod and Staff. I love the straight to the point content. Having the christian content is a bonus.
There is a new addition to our family. We adopted a little lab/pit mix from our local no kill shelter. We named him KC and he is the sweetest little thing. I started obedience training this week and he is the smartest little thing even though he has a mischievous side to him. Then again what puppy isn’t mischievous? The kids love on him like crazy and like any puppy he isn’t going to shy away from attention. Teaching him the rules has been a little challenging having little people running around that can not help enforce it. The older girls have been taking on a good amount of responsibility, which is a blessing. Our goal with him is to have him fully obedience trained with CGC. If we can use him as a therapy dog even better. It’s another way we can be involved in the community.
This year I decided to take on less and have a less crazy schedule. It backfired some when I told the kids they could each pick one activity. We will continue to be on the go 7 days a week. sigh. I may need some more boundaries. I keep saying I am going to take time to do more for me and I will…. someday.