Sorry that it has been so long since my last post. Not a whole lot has happened since then, so there hasn't been a lot to write about. I did want to write a quick update just for those that are curious...
We did finish our training...woo hoo! It was nice to get it done so quickly, but those 2 weeks were LONG! After our training we had 2 more things to get done, which were fingerprinting and physicals. Fingerprints are done and we are having a slight hiccup in scheduling Dave's physical. We didn't realize that getting a physical would take so much planning, but apparently doctors are quite booked when it comes to giving physicals. Dave's family doctor cannot get him in for a physical until March 19th! Seriously?? He tried to go to a walk-in-clinic but they would not do it because the form requests medical history. Grrrrrr. So...I have bugged the sweet lady who handles the application process at our agency enough to where she is asking the person in charge of homestudies and the agency director if they can make an exception for us. Normally, you have to have every singular piece of paperwork in before they schedule your homestudy. I'm hoping that since we are just waiting around until the 19th to get Dave's physical done, we can go ahead and schedule/do our homestudy. We shall see. We found all this out today and although it was frustrating, I trust that God's timing is absolutely perfect. So as much as I had planned to be doing our homestudy by next week, God's plan may look different than that, and He probably (okay definitely) knows what's best for us. To be completely honest, as much as I am "ready" to start taking in foster children, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if we didn't have kids until end of May/beginning of June because I would be out of school and therefore would not have to worry about daycare...if we get that are under school-age of course. Plus it would give us more time to do fun projects around the house that we have wanted to do before kids get here.
Speaking of projects, Dave has been busy building us a kitchen table! I love that he loves to do things like that. He got some pretty sweet tools and has already started a list of things he wants to build for us. Here is said list:
2. dog house
3. dresser/changing table
4. wood countertops for the kitchen (yes please!!)
5. bunk bed frame
Those are the things I can think of off the top of my head, but I'm sure he could add a few to that list. Isn't he handy?? Again, I love that he loves projects like this. Our kitchen table is turning out very nice. And it's his first project with all his fancy tools...I'd say he's doing a fantastic job! Here is a picture of the tabletop:
It will still be sanded and stained. We are deciding on if we want a dark stain for the top with a white base, legs and chairs. OR a light stain for the top with a fun color for the base, legs, and chairs...like green or yellow (feel free to vote). This is my job apparently and I'm not that great at making decisions. I'm usually great at narrowing it down to 2, but then take forever deciding. If it's clothes, I usually just end up getting both. If it's food, you can usually get it in some sort of combo. This even goes back to my younger days. When I was in high school I really wanted to get a bike. I wasn't sure if I wanted a road bike or a mountain bike, so I got a hybrid. Has anyone ever bought a hybrid?? It's kinda ridiculous. It's definitely not a good bike to "race" in because you are pedaling however many times more than those that have a road bike and the tires are not quite durable enough to handle the bumps and rocks of mountain biking. So it's great for a stroll around the neighborhood, but that's about it. And yes, I did do the MS150 (the bike "race" from Houston to Austin) TWICE in my totally
Other than working on our kitchen table in our spare time, we haven't been up to a whole lot. Our fabulous friends threw us a foster care shower and we are super grateful for our friends and family who came and gave us their support. (If you are seeing this and thinking "why wasn't I invited?" I apologize. We struggled with the invite list as we knew it wasn't a "typical" shower and we are really not good at asking people for things...something we definitely need to work on, or just get over.) I am just so thankful that we have such a great community to walk this journey with us and care for the orphans right alongside us. Even the women in our new community group are offering cribs, pack 'n plays, clothes, toys, etc....wow, such a huge blessing!! I don't know how we could do this without our family and community...so thank you!
Hopefully I will be writing again soon to say that our homestudy is scheduled! If not, I'll keep you updated with our fun projects that keep us busy while we eagerly wait.