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Snow Much Fun to be in NW Wisconsin!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LOL…I couldn't help myself. I've spent hours shoving the last couple days due to our first snow of the season deciding to be a downfall of over a foot! My back is not in love with me right now but the driveway is done! Hallelujah!
On the upside, the last 2 days have been snow days for the kids due to road conditions and snow, so we've had tons of fun (and not so fun while shoveling) family time!

My wonderful son is now getting around without his crutches which is mind boggling. 2 days ago was his one month "anniversary" of having the surgery to put the rod in, so he's been recovering at a great pace. I appreciate his attitude of wanting to recover as fast as possible. It's made him push himself, at a healthy level, to do a little bit more each day. I know he just wants to feel "normal" again.

On the adoption front, the meeting for those 3 kiddos happened last Thursday. It started out by one of the county workers telling us all the legal and procedural hurdles in our way and how challenging this will be due to our distance from the kids. If we were in the same county, we'd get placement right away, but since we're 4+ hours away, it creates big problems. All that being said, they all feel our family is a great fit for these kids and have chosen us, but there's a catch. In order to get through all these obstacles that our distance creates, we must be willing to WAIT, perhaps 6-9 months before getting placement of these kids and even then, they are considered high legal risk. That means there is a possibility they could go back to birth family. So as we left the meeting the big question we had to answer is…are we willing to wait, knowing the risks? This means we don't look at other kids' profiles or submit our study or do anything to pursue any other placement during this time. We commit to these kids even though we can't get them yet.
Yesterday we told our worker our decision. We WILL wait. We will commit to these kids and pray for them and this situation…for the workers, judge, lawyers and foster parents involved….for the birth parents and their lawyers--That everyone would work toward getting these kids in a healthy, safe home and family where they can flourish.
It's a very strange feeling but it's what we felt God directed us to do. We will be having a sort of re-evaluation with everyone in 3 months to see what's going on. Until then, we will pray and wait and keep on living life and enjoying each and every day, praising God for his very many blessings!

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GOODHEALTH4EVER 11/12/2014 4:35PM


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/12/2014 4:14PM

    I'm Praying with & FOR you. God bless.

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REALTYLADYLISA 11/11/2014 2:56PM

    Good for you...tough decisions with that kind of wait and risk, but if God is in it, you gotta go where He sends you!!! Blessings!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 11/11/2014 12:20PM

    Shoveling snow is a hard, but effective way to get in your exercise. You deserve a rest & a warm drink! emoticon

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A Broken Leg and More

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Well, I have little time so I'll type fast and tell what I can…

My son broke his tibia and fibula (both bones of the lower leg) at football practice almost 2 weeks ago and for the first week, it took over our lives. We spent the first few days in the hospital with him and then the the first few days at home were time consuming since he was unable to do much on his own. Now he's come a tremendous way toward resuming normal daily life, though still not using his leg much at all. On Friday we go for his follow-up to get the staples out and see if they clear him to return to school and stuff. I think they will. We went to his parent-teacher conferences last night with him and ALL of his teachers said how much they missed him and his positive influence in their classes. That was awesome to hear for him and for me. This has been an excellent chance for him to really see the difference he makes on a daily basis since he's been just flooded with prayers, visits, calls and cards/gifts from those who know and love him. That means a lot and just shows what an amazing 14 y/o young man he is! He told me last night he never knew what an influence he was around him until all this happened, so that is one HUGE reason we're actually thankful this happened.

Quick Adoption Update: We finally got a response again to our home study. We are trying to get a meeting set up about a sibling group of 3 from our state (which makes things easier) in a couple weeks. Please pray we can get this meeting time finalized…their worker is on vacation, so I don't know if we can finalize the date or if we have to wait until she gets back. Why is everyone always on vacation when we want to schedule a meeting?

Prayers always appreciated. We can see the hand of God moving each and every day if we stop to notice and we feel spoiled by Him! :)

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PEZMOM1 10/22/2014 4:52PM


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/22/2014 12:12AM

    Prayers all the way around.... quick healing for your son... blessings in the adoption process... blessings on YOU for all that you do for your family & some much needed time for yourself.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/21/2014 2:47PM

    Sending well wishes for your son!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/21/2014 11:35AM

    I'm so sorry about your son but sounds like he is rising to the situation - I hope his healing progresses well

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JLAMING263 10/21/2014 11:31AM

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BRAINBENTT 10/21/2014 9:49AM

    Prayers your way


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YOGAWITCH 10/21/2014 9:48AM

    Wow sending multiple prayers your way!

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Keeping Busy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Adoption: There is literally NOTHING to tell on this front. We continue to submit our home study and have not heard back from any submissions recently.

Kids: My kids are often on the go. The oldest is still in football and, while I enjoy watching him play, he's not a starter, so it's not as fun to watch him ride the bench. Thankfully he disclosed to DH and I that he plans to switch back to cross country next fall. Otherwise, he's made a really decent transition back to public school. The middle child is making a great transition to homeschooling and I'm enjoying having her home! She's only taking piano as an extra curricular, but she's re-energized about it and doing very well with in again after having taken the summer off. The youngest is still LOVING gymnastics and, as a result, I still volunteer there to offset her tuition. She's also having a good start to the school year.

Health: This has been on and off for me. This summer I ate my way back to my weight before having lost 70 pounds 5 years ago. It was hard to handle and I was disappointed but not enough to make big changes, obviously. I have since gotten back to my workout plan and feel good about that. My food is coming around. I finally meal planned the second half of September which helped but some days it just didn't work and we fell back on grabbing a pizza or something else we could pick up. I am thankful my hunger level is noticeably lower now, which is terrific, but my food choices are still a work in progress. Shaming myself into eating better DOES NOT work. So it's back to small sustainable changes that I can live with.

Thirty-One: I'm absolutely loving working for this company! I've earned more products through their incentives for new consultants and I get paid to have a great time with wonderful ladies. It's been a blessing, really. As the adoption stuff has nearly come to a screeching halt and we're back to waiting, it gives me a fun outlet and creative way to earn some more $ without a huge time commitment. I really feel God placed this in my life for this exact time and I am so grateful!

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REALTYLADYLISA 10/1/2014 12:11AM

    Glad you are enjoying the "distraction" of your thirty one business...still praying for something to come through on the adoption front...wishing you all the best!

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    Sounds like you are truly blessed. God is good.

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Latest Adventures

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 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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    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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    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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