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Back to Reality

09/13/2011

Jason and I had a lovely week away in Florida. We spent the first part of last week in Naples, one of our favorite towns. Then the past weekend was spent in Disney World. I’ll share more about our trip (and other happenings) once I dig myself out of all these piles of email and laundry and find time to buy groceries. Priorities, you know.

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I Would Get Too Attached

09/12/2011

Every foster parent has heard this. It seems to be the default reaction from other parents when we explain what we do.

“I don’t think I could do that. I would get too attached.”

Usually my answer is, “There is no way not to get attached.” 

If I ever have the time, courage, (cockiness?) and eloquence for a long answer, here’s what I would say:

You’re right, you can’t do this; I can’t do this either.
God asked us to do something really, really hard.
It sucks.
But it’s worth it.
Because it’s not for our benefit.
It’s for them.
And for Him; for His glory.

I never intended to or attempted to not get attached.
These kids don’t need babysitters; they needs parents. Parents don’t hold back love for their children.
Yes, it will break our hearts.
We are aware of the risks God has asked us to take in this journey.
We’re willing to suffer for the sake of these little ones. For His sake.

Easier said than done.

If people were honest, instead of  “I would get too attached” they would just come right out and say: “I don’t want to suffer because of someone else’s mistakes.” Believe me, I fully understand. I am selfish, too. Maybe I should just say that next time.


Phone Photo Friday

09/09/2011


Recommended Reading: Water Baby P.S.A.

09/08/2011

This week, while Jason and I spend some time purposefully disconnected from the internet, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recent blog discoveries. Be back soon!

Cindy over at Zach Aboard wrote about the importance of teaching your kids to swim. They live on a boat so it’s obviously very important to them. I grew up with a pool in my backyard for my first 5 years so it was very important to my parents, too. I started taking swimming lessons (“water initiation”) when I was 6 months old and by the time I was in preschool, I passed a water survival test where I jumped off the high dive at the YMCA full clothed and swam to the other end of the olympic size pool. Thank you very much, Mom and Dad. I love how Cindy put it:

“Swimming is not a sport, or a pastime, or a summer thing. It’s a life skill. But for some reason people spend more time and effort teaching their kids to ride a bike than swim. If your kid never learns to ride a bike, it’s really no big deal. I don’t ride. If your kid doesn’t learn to swim, they could die.”

Photo from “Water Baby P.S.A.” on Zach Aboard. (This makes me want a waterproof camera so bad!)


Recommended Reading: House Tour: Our Living Room

09/07/2011

This week, while Jason and I spend some time purposefully disconnected from the internet, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recent blog discoveries. Be back soon!

OK, so I gave Greta from Lilly and the Brothers some blog love yesterday. Doesn’t she have the cuties kids ever? I actually found her other blog, Picnics in the Park, initially and commented on how similar our tastes are. We got a kick out of how we both have white mid-century modern living rooms with a greenish-yellow accent wall, though I think she has some much cooler pieces like the shelving unit, clock and credenza. Her living room tour. My living room tour.

Photo from “House Tour: Our Living Room” on Picnics in the Park.


Recommended Reading: “Are You a Yes Mom?”

09/06/2011

This week, while Jason and I spend some time purposefully disconnected from the internet, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recent blog discoveries. Be back soon!

The sweetness this big brother has for his little sister totally melts my heart (and reminds me of how thankful I am that I grew up with a sweet big brother.) Greta is one of my new favorite bloggers. She’s a thoughtful and beautiful writer. Check it out.

Picture from “Are You a Yes Mom?” over at Lilly and the Brothers.


Recommended Reading: “If I Marry”

09/05/2011

This week, while Jason and I spend some time purposefully disconnected from the internet, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recent blog discoveries. Be back soon!

Along with The Pioneer Woman, I’m pretty sure that Lots of Scotts was one of the first blogs I got hooked on reading. JMom is the mother of triplets, now 7 years old, and she shares about their adventures but most importantly, she almost daily has deep revelations about life Truths through her experiences with her kids. This post, If I Marry, is not the best example of that but trust me, look around and you’ll find it (Here are some recent examples: It’s Not Your Story, The Lesson of the Red Handled Scissors and The Meltdown Meter). However, what I wanted to share with you is this quote I love from Ruth Bell Graham that she posted:

“If I marry… He must be big enough to be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms must be strong enough to carry a little child.” — Ruth Graham

Read the whole quote over at “If I Marry” on Lots of Scotts.