Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Flag Day celebration

My aunt is a consultant for Longaberger…our whole family loves their baskets, my dad used to collect them. The company is amazing and in the interest of creating jobs and putting our nation ahead of their own personal gain, Longaberger has started something called Project Eagle. They have worked tirelessly to bring all their product manufacturing back into the states! Everything that was made in China, now made in the US! The pottery (my personal favorite) is now made (I believe) in New York! This is just the beginning but it’s an amazing effort and I salute them! Part of celebrating our nation, this project and honoring American citizens, service members and veterans took place the Friday and Saturday of Flag day. My aunt, cousin, mom, Todd, all my boys and I went to this event in unfurling the largest flag in the world! It was one of the best days we’ve had in a long time! It wasn’t too hot, it was just wonderful. I mean except when we lost Ryan…that wasn’t so wonderful but he did so well, he found someone in a golf cart, told them he was lost and his name was Ryan. I was so proud of him! He must have been so scared! Anyway, it was an amazing day and any one who has the opportunity to visit the Longaberger Homestead should definitely take the opportunity!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Case Update

6 month extension granted – what does that mean for the girls? Nothing. This means nothing. Except that after 1 year of living with us, they will continue for another 6 months. But beyond that, nothing has changed. Their mom at the end of this time will have either worked her plan, or not. Girlfriend (never being called by the last name of Skaggs) has decided she is named Girlfirend Skaggs, their mom corrects her but honestly I’m not too stressed about it. I was telling a friend (in a bit of worry) about it and he said “well, she knows how to get them back and if they didn’t live with you that wouldn’t happen” really opened my eyes. All her complaints/concerns about her girls are now met with a thought of “then get them back” and it’s not to be rude but it allows me to not by too sympathetic to her. She has now started to really get to work on her case plan, making life changes that might allow her to regain custody. She is moving into a women’s shelter which will force sobriety, a job, healthy life choices, etc. but as of right now she hasn’t actually moved, doesn’t have a job, a drivers license…a few other things but she does continue to visit with her girls and that’s good. My Bible study this week was about not wanting or striving for something that God hasn’t intended for us. I’m concerned that God does not intend these girls for us…there are other things going on right now that I’m concerned about right now in this same aspect. Todd has a job interview coming up this Wednesday (is this meant for him) I’m so proud of him for even getting this interview since he never applied for it (they called him). Our home is going on the market this fall, again is this the move we are supposed to make? Are we to sell the Wapak house? All in God’s timing. And you know, I just want to live the life He has ordained to be mine. I don’t want anything that isn’t meant for me (I mean obviously I do on the surface but deep down, I want what is best for me and my family). Anyway, His perfect timing, learning patience and letting go of control.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Crap My Kids Do

This post is more for me and my memory - I want to remember someday all the funny things my kids are doing at this age. Ryan - age 3 - at the ball field yesterday he was talking to another child and his grandma. I wandered over to retrieve him and the Grandma said "oh Connor's fine, he's telling us that he's 5 and going to kindergarten in the fall" sigh. "Connor lies. his name is Ryan, he's 3 and he's not going to kindergarten" Girlfriend - age 2 - can't say booty. so singing "shake your booty" only ever comes out "shake your bobby" ha! She's also my little mini-me! This weekend I was finishing my dinner and she was standing next to me directing me "you not done mom! Eat you corn! you. are. not. done." So funny! She loves to be in my space and thinks she is big! wants to have coffee with the ladies and maybe even a cocktail! Not yet little girl! Little Miss - age 2 - Little Miss is a comedian - people smart, reads people well so I have no doubts I'll forget how funny she is but I want to remember this past weekend when we made huge strides in bonding with her (it's good for a child to bond to their caregiver - even if temporary - so that they know how to bond and will bond to future caregivers if not the same as current) anyway someone at church asked her if they could take her home with them (people always do this thinking its funny and it really bugs me on lots of levels) anyway for the rest of the day she was very clingy - in a constant state of a hug with me. she never left my side and sat on my lap as much as I'd allow her to. this is HUGE for Little Miss who before would welcome going with anyone, especially a man. and one more thing - Little Miss discovered swimming this weekend! She is fearless in the water! A true little water bug! She is jumping off the diving board at the pond, pops up and giggles! I bet she's swimming without a floaty by the summers end! Ethan - age 10 - right now Ethan is perpetual movement (unmedicated for the last week of school so he can enjoy all the food treats they give out) so yesterday when going up to bat he took a huge leap to get into the batter box - Rebecca called it his gallop...and later called him a gazelle because he takes such long strides on itty bitty legs - love this boy! he also has taken up snuggling with the chickens - like they're pets Lane Michael - age 10 - if I'm truly honest, Lane Michael isn't a funny kid. Lane Michael is serious and refined more than funny - his attempts at funny are usually awkward and sometimes inappropriate - but what I want to remember is that at the beginning of the 3rd grade he was figuring his own insulin. He can look at the box, measure out a serving and divide out how many units he needs for that serving and add to it any correction dose. He is simply amazing!