There is one month left in our self-imposed 90-day break from foster care following Buzz’s return home. The first month was a blur of catching up on life. The second month we fell back into rhythm as a family of three and life got really comfortable and easy again… Foster care was kind of a distant thought. In the final month I want to start preparing my heart and my home to enter the foster care world again.
Here’s a little reflection on my 90-day to do list from the beginning of August.
Here are my goals for the next 3 months:
• Take Ali to visit our friends in Cincinnati • Visit our previous hometown Erie, PA and introduce Ali to her only great grandparent – Jason’s grandma who she was named after (and other friends and family, too!) • Clean out and organize the garage. More. Again. • Clean, rearrange the kids room • Organize and store extra kids clothing in the closet for easier access • Reorganize the playroom (pack up or give away toys that Ali has outgrown) • Stock the freezer with meals again. More. • Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Ali’s adoption day • Transition Ali into a big girl bed (AKA take the side off of her crib)… And then reverse it. • Potty train Ali • Clean out the van • Clean and store spare car seats
• Sell the Mercedes and get another van (we love our van so much that we want a second one!) … Jason tells me there is no hurry for this.
• Take Ali to Dollywood while Jason’s playing there
• provide respite for another foster family … We were getting lots of requests over the summer through our family service worker but I haven’t seen any since the beginning of August. I guess it’s more of a summer thing.
• decide what I want to do with the rest of my life
In the month of October I’m going to take a step back from blogging, maybe all together but for sure less than my usual 5 days a week. I plan to spend that time reading (I’m halfway through One Thousand Gifts and loving it…so poignant for this time), preparing our home (I’d love to have more meals in the freezer…cooking is nearly impossible for me when we have a new kid), praying (for my fellow foster mamas who are in the trenches right now facing the really hard stuff, for myself, Jason and Ali, for Buzz and his mom, for our next kids) and doing my best to stay on top of work and keep myself healthy emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.
If things are quiet around here, I’m off resting and restocking for the next big adventure. See you back here soon!
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