Grandparents Day

My wonderful parents came down for Thanksgiving and got to visit MissE’s school for grandparents day.

I wasn’t sure how the day would go considering her class is Spanish speaking, but I was told the kids performed some songs (in Spanish) and then they shared treats.

This is the only picture I got from that day.

I’m fairly certain my mom is saying, “MissE, the teacher said you could have THREE treats, not five.”

My dad said his favorite part was looking around and realizing that he wasn’t the oldest one there :)

I’m so glad they were able to go with her, though. I am even more grateful they came down and helped us another weekend with house projects! My dad patched the holes in our ceiling and wall and my mom tore down the wallpaper lockers.


Activity Director in Training

We had our first parent/teacher conferences at MissE’s new school. It came as no surprise to hear the teacher talk about the characteristics and qualities of our little girl. Academically she is a bit of an overachiever (like her mother). Socially she loves making friends.

The teacher commented, “MissE is a leader. She can get her classmates to do most anything. We had two minutes of free time and I turned around and MissE had organized almost the entire class to set up chairs and pretend they were at a movie theatre.

No surprise there.

We call my mom the Activity Director because whenever we are at the cabin she is always organizing the next game or activity. We started calling MissE the Activity Director in Training, because she also loves to boss organize.

MissE asked us on the way to conferences, “By the end of they year will they make me the teacher?’

Photo credits: Anna Silverthorn Photography

5 going on 15

We brought our high school students to Feed My Starving Children this week. We were short a couple spots and so our dear five year old got to tag along. I’m not sure if this was good or not. She had a fantastic time and totally gets caring for the hungry.

However, the next day she asked if she could go to her friend’s house.

Her 15 year old ‘friend’.

I tried to explain that this girl was a babysitter not a ‘friend’, but MissE was not having it. She began to list off all of her teenage ‘friends’. All girls, thankfully.

5, going on 15


While we were at FMSC I picked up a sweet new hat to wear as one of my select items of clothing this month. Long story short, I’m doing the 7 clothes challenge with my friend, based on Jen Hatmaker’s book. I spent the majority of Monday morning in my pj’s, afraid to commit to an article of clothing lest I change my mind later in the week. The hat was a go because a) it is getting cold and it will keep my head warm (kinda) and b) it means I don’t have to fix my hair and c) I want to be globally minded (Do you see Honduras there? It’s there for sure and always on my heart).

The bad news is that said five year old totally swiped it from me, leaving me with only six items of clothing to make it through the month. (Minus the wedding weekend which is coming quickly!)

Do you want to buy a fun hat like this? Check out FMSC’s marketplace online and support a great organization.

Psalm 139

MissE successfully memorized all of Psalm 139. We are so proud of her. She is so proud of herself. Her trophy is proudly displayed on the fireplace mantel and she points it out to every guest that stops over. I pray the verses remain embedded in her mind and heart.

PS – go ahead and say it. Her outfit is adorable. Thank you grandma!

First Day of K

My baby starts Kindergarten today. We are sending her off to a new school, a new teacher, and a new language (the teacher will only speak Spanish). She was scared at first, but this girl is filled with sass and determination. She would enroll in college tomorrow if she could.

I would be more sad about sending her off, but I know she is ‘ready’ for the challenge and eager to go. She was mad that other kids got to start school on Tuesday and she had to wait TWO MORE days.

We met her teacher and toured her classroom last week at the open house.

MissE says, ” I like my teacher, she is cute.”

Go conquer the world girly! Have a great first day! We love you!

More moments

As soon as I posted yesterday, I started thinking of a few more ways in which God has recently revealed his presence with us on this journey.

Last week we got an email from our agency saying they had re-evaluated the fees for our program and were reducing the fees. REDUCING? I never thought that was even a possibility! They had decided to apply the overage we paid when we submitted our dossier towards future fees. Every little bit helps!

James had the opportunity to visit the family farm that is hosting the Carnival. This family is really fantastic and is an inspiration to us. They have been doing foster care for almost 20 years. They are recognized as one of the most trusted, highly regarded foster families in the county. Not only do they provide foster care, they provide it for teenagers!

Often times when  kids age out of the system, they still don’t have a place to call home. This family continues to reach out to former foster children and to host many of them for holidays. There is never an empty bed in their home! We are so thankful that they have opened up their property to us for this Carnival and even more thankful for their selfless care for children in our area.

Lastly, MissE is memorizing the entire passage of Psalm 139 (in efforts to win a waterpark pass from our children’s church program). I can’t help her learn it without learning it myself. It has been such a good reminder that God is always with us. He knows each of us, from before we were born to each anxious thought.

He knows. He sees. He cares.

You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Psalm 139:5, 14

twirly dresses are the bestest

Titi Carmen asked MissE to be her flowergirl come wedding day this fall.

MissE wasn’t excited about that at all. She especially didn’t want to try on a dress and practice for days on end.

There is just something about twirling in fancy dresses.

Junior was also asked to be a ring-bearer or whatever it is that little boys do in weddings.

He didn’t care so much, but was snagged by the girl in the dress for one quick practice dance.

And in true little girl manner, MissE couldn’t wait to show her daddy what she looked like all dressed up.

“When will he be home from work? Can we go visit him now? I want him to see me?”

AKA – I want my daddy to tell me I’m beautiful because his opinion is what matters most in my world.