Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What's goin' on...?

Well again it’s been forever since I last posted, but I’m going to stop apologizing for that because apparently I’m not that sorry J  Honestly I get a little intimidated because I follow so many great blogs that I know that I could never measure up to their postings.  But that’s okay too.
So, this isn’t going to be too long because I’ll probably mostly likely not have more to update you with tomorrow.  But my main reason to blog today is to ask for prayers.  The kids have a court hearing tomorrow at 8:30AM.  This is another one of those permanency hearings, which is normal (I think?) since it will be 9 months exactly since they have been in care.  We were informed today that there will be a meeting before court tomorrow morning where all important people involved (CPS caseworker, CPS caseworker’s supervisor, the kids’ guardian ad litem, and I’m not sure who else….no, not us of course!  we are just the babysitters here people) are going to try to reach an agreement, that we don’t agree with J  I know, I know - welcome to foster care.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t pray and ask God to give those people wisdom and that the kids would receive justice in His eyes.  So…please pray for the meeting and court tomorrow.  I am nervous and anxious and sad for what we expect to hear tomorrow - we’ve been told that they will probably propose another transition schedule to be put into place.  Yes, another…did I tell you all about the first one?  I can’t remember.  It’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster as far as their case goes.  They had a return date set for Feb. 15th, and we were given that date early-ish January.  Their caseworker gave us a transition schedule where they start with longer visits, then do an overnight, then do a weekend, then a return.  All of that was going to take 3-4 weeks if I remember correctly.  So then “something came up” and that transition got put on hold.  Then “it got resolved,” so we have just been waiting, in limbo sort of, to hear if the transition is back on.  Which leads me back to what we expect to hear tomorrow.  We aren’t sure if it will be another month long transition (I’ve heard that was a pretty long transition schedule), or a few days, or a few weeks, or maybe we won’t even know anything tomorrow.  Again - all we know is that we know NOTHING J    
The kids are doing great.  We are constantly shocked by how far they have come since coming into care.  It’s truly amazing.  Whenever we are going through a tough time or dealing with a tough behavior we can ALWAYS say “yeah but think about what it was like when they first came.”  Here are some of their favorites (isn’t this what parents do??):
Big Brother

·       racing game (Mario Kart Wii)
·       playing ipad games, mostly a motorcycle and “bear game”
·       anything that has to do with technology
·       pee wee sports (we finished up his first basketball season in February…he was an all star if I do say so myself)
·       chocolate milk
·       chocolate ice cream
·       climbing on things
·       being overly dramatic (so much emotion for such a little body…seriously)
·       donuts with dinosaur sprinkles
·       spiderman
·       telling stories
·       reading stories (he is super sad when he can’t read his book in his bed before sleep time)
·       hugs and tisses
·       bananas for school

Little Mama
·       her hair with yarn extensions that are twirl-able
·       watching finding nemo on the ipad (every. single. time. and yes we do get a lot of ipad time on hair days)
·       talking about monsters, but also she hates them
·       not pee wee sports (she did basketball this time since she was old enough and she did much better by the end, but I’m not sure I see her playing sports…but she’s also 3)
·       attention
·       pink
·       trying on shoes 
·       dress up (especially in kiki's shoes and scarves)
·       babies
·       corn dogs
·       edamame
·       helping (or running things, whatever you wanna call it)
·       when Dave pats her back at bedtime after she’s had a “good day at school”
·       hugs and kisses
·       bananas for school
 We love them so incredibly much.  I don’t know how to do the next part.  Right now my plan is just not to think about it.  Which is probably a good thing for everyone right now, but I know I’ll have to face it at some point.  Luckily our backyard is being demolished (again) so maybe there will be some projects in our future to distract us from the next part too. 
 Love you guys and thanks for the prayers!