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Monday, August 25, 2014

Well, some of you already know, but I decided to become an Independent Thirty-One Consultant. I'm pretty excited about it because I get to let people know about Thirty-One products who've never heard of it before and the more I get to share, the more I get to earn. It's a win-win!

I'm actually pretty new to the products, but I already love what I have and can't wait to earn more. They make it incredibly appealing to be a hostess or consultant, that's for sure! I'm having an open house this Saturday to practice my party presentation with friends and family. I hope to put together some orders so I can place my first party order and get the ball rolling.

If anyone's interested in learning more about Thirty-One or placing an order, feel free to PM me for my website info.

On a completely different note, we were very close to another placement decision and decided to decline. It was a difficult decision but DH and I both feel it is the right one. Not nearly as heart wrenching as last time. Unfortunately, though, that means we are literally back to square one. No leads, no recent submissions for in-state kiddos (our best chance for placement), nothing. Oh well, I think patience is becoming easier and I'm not too concerned. God is in control and we continue to trust His guidance and there is great peace in that. We are SO blessed!

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 8/27/2014 11:50AM

    Jessie, these delays are in the hands of God, but HE has the perfect family already designed and set aside for you...just keep trusting...it WILL come to pass! I'm going to find time today to check out your website and learn about this company I've never heard of! (It's gotta be pretty obvious, I just don't get out enough!) Blessings, girl! Have a great day!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/26/2014 4:49PM

    Prayers for success with your new venture... and MANY prayers for the family situation.. the right child/ren are out there & GOD is always in charge. Your patience WILL be rewarded. Love ya

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Wish I Had Less to Tell

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm going to keep this relatively brief but want to vent and update a bit…

We were all ready to head to church this past Sunday. My DH goes out to the van and it's dead. Nothing, not even a click. We tried not to stress about it, pushed it out of the way and loaded into our other vehicle and went to church. We were supposed to take the van on our little camping trip this week but when we got home from church and tried to jump the van, it was DEAD. Long story short, we unpacked the van and packed our other vehicle and took that camping.
Thankfully, we have free towing with our car insurance and were able to get it to our mechanic while we were camping and found out it was just a bad battery and connectors. Got it all repaired while we were gone and came home and picked it up. Relatively painless.

While camping, we had "bigger fish to fry" though. We had decided to move forward with the placement of the boys as of Sunday night. We got some new info Monday and everything came to a screeching halt. It's over. I've cried, prayed, tried to understand and then just decided to just trust. God WILL work things together for our good. I'm still working through it so I can follow my hubby's lead. I know it will take time. They were almost mine, so it's tough to just let go.

DH has got stress enough with his other responsibilities right now. I think he's able to compartmentalize it better since he has so much else going on. I'm thankful he is trying to be the best leader of this family he can be and I can rest in that also.

Thanks for all the continued prayers and support!

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 8/15/2014 5:29PM

    Jess, I'm so sorry for you that the placement did not work out, but I am confident that God DOES have something good for you, and his wisdom and timing is PERFECT....Keep the faith....wish I had some wonderful nugget to share with you that would make it easier, but what else is there to say..?...Blessings!!

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GORIANA 8/15/2014 10:38AM

    Sorry that placement did not work out. You attitude towards the whole thing is awesome. Good luck.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/14/2014 11:50AM

    So sorry that things feel through with the placement. Be reminded, that while it is terribly difficult right now... God has a plan & I am SURE that something & someone wonderful will come along and be just perfect for your family. I will continue to hold you & your family in my prayers. Glad that the van was a minor issue. How was the camping adventure? You husband sounds like a marvelous man. Bright blessings to you all.

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We Shall See...

Friday, August 08, 2014

We had our child presentation meeting for the 2 boys we're being considered for as adoptive parents and it went well. No word yet on whether it's gonna happen. The boys have a fair amount of needs and we want to make sure we are the right fit for them. We are feeling good about it but want to see how the boys feel about it and what their team thinks.

The meeting wasn't the smoothest thing in the world…first off the team coming on behalf of the boys had 6 PEOPLE come (not including a small child brought along) and 5 of them ended up an hour late. They did call and give us a heads up about a half an hour before they were supposed to be there so we had some idea but our adoption worker was already on her way so it didn't help much. The small child that came was in the care (for the day?) of the guardian of the boys we're interested in and he was an energetic but relatively well behaved little guy who needed occasional redirecting.

Our worker and the permanency consultant for the boys arrived on time so we visited with them for the hour while we were waiting. That actually went very smoothly, so when the rest of them showed up, it was fairly easy to transition to a meeting as a larger group. 4 of those who came were county workers and social workers who work with the boys. The guardian (5th person in the late car) is a grandmotherly figure who cares deeply for these kids so she kinda grilled us with her questions…it's EXTREMELY important to her that they go to a Christian home and one that teaches manners...and we asked our questions to the team. We really connected well with the guardian and she loved that we were trusting God to give us wisdom for this decision. Our worker had to leave about an hour after the team arrived due to another meeting she had, so we continued on without her (a bit of a disadvantage) for another hour or so then showed them around the house and talked more informally with some of the team then the group of 5 (plus child) left…after having met our kids who we called home from the neighbors at the request of the guardian who wanted to meet them.

The boys' permanency consultant stayed behind to help us process all the info. He was great but the next day we stilled called our worker to process with her. She's great at looking at worst case scenarios and helping us think of things we may have overlooked, so we don't go in with unreal expectations. I ended up talking to her for almost an hour. We decided to request more info but expressed our leanings toward this being a good fit.

Both DH and I are very interested in what the BOYS think. I mean, it's their lives too. We sent the team home with a little photo book of our family and home and the school and stuff so they could show the boys and sort of introduce them to us. Today we should find out what the boys' team is thinking and hopefully hear what the boys think too.

Continued prayers are priceless. Thank you!

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/8/2014 8:21PM

    I will continue to keep you & the boys & your family in prayer. I know that you are going to be blessed. God is totally in charge & I KNOW that you will be happy with whatever comes down the pike. Love ya

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/8/2014 5:30PM

    Well in this case "If it is to be it is up to ...God!" Praying for His perfect will! Blessings!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/8/2014 10:31AM

    Hope all goes well!

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KESTRYLL 8/8/2014 9:34AM

    Good luck and God's Blessings

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Proud Mama of 2 Drama Queens

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My beautiful daughters were in a play at school this past weekend with a company that comes in and helps schools put together summer plays. My girls did an EXCELLENT job and made me laugh and enjoy the show. I couldn't be prouder of their talent! Now if we could keep their drama limited to the stage, I'd be in great shape! LOL

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/21/2014 12:35AM

    Wonderful picture. You have every right to be a proud mama. I know what you mean about keeping the drama on the stage. My eldest granddaughter is 13.... WOW... Love ya

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Looking Forward to...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

..making progress.

I have gotten my food more under control most days but it is still not what it should be. I'm more maintaining than anything. That'd be great if that was my aim, but it's not. I'll keep plugging away and baby stepping back to more exercise and better food choices.

Also, we finally got the meeting scheduled for the Child Presentation for the 2 siblings we're being considered for. It's several weeks out still but at least we finally got a date on the calendar! They're bringing a team of 5 up to our house for the meeting. Should be interesting.

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 7/15/2014 9:28PM

    Just remember with baby steps: when the baby falls down it gets back up and tries again!!! Eventually it just walks without tripping and falling! Yay!

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GORIANA 7/11/2014 10:25AM

    Maintaining is not too bad when things get tricky. Good luck getting up in gears. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/10/2014 10:29PM

    Prayers for everything mentioned & more. You deserve the best.

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