Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Foster Care

Ever since my sophomore year of college if someone would have asked me what my dream job was I would and still would say to be a stay at home foster parent.  It's strange but I feel like this is why I was created.  This is what I am supposed to do. 

Ryan has always known this about me and he was willing to be on board some day.  Not knowing when that someday was, could be in a few years, ten years, 15 years.  I knew this wasn't something I could push on him because it wouldn't work if only one parent was fully committed.  

Last Spring I wrestled a lot with being impatient and discontent where God had put me.  I was ready to go to the next stage of life (I'm learning this is a very very common thing I struggle with.) I had mentioned this once to Ryan briefly.  God told me then to pray.  Pray for strength to be content, to appreciate the place where God had put me at that point.  To pray that Ryan and I's desires would align.  

About a month later after Ryan had hung out with some guys, I asked him what they had did.  Ryan talked about how he had shared that God was prompting him to take the next step in his life, to do more than he was doing, to sign up for the foster care class.  I was flabbergasted.  I'm sure I sat there with my mouth open for five minutes not saying anything and then I easily had a smile plastered on my face for the next week.

After going to the first class, sending in our fingerprints and waiting for a class with opening, we have now started the foster care classes.  We just complete week two, eight more classes left.  

I still have no idea what God will do with this.  We know we want to be certified, so we can do respite care on the weekends for families that are doing foster care right away.  When God is going to say it is time to take in foster kids, I don't know.  Maybe in a year, five, ten.  Until then I know we have taken the step of obedience we needed to take and I'm so excited to see where God is going to take us on this journey.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Goal Update

I already gave a bit of goal update regarding my book progress, but here's the rest.

For 2012 I want to:

complete the 3rd Annual No Junk Food Jan.
Done!  Rocked it out, by far was the easiest out of the three years I have done it.  I also lost seven pounds which I'm sure I have already gained back.  And that is why the next goal exist...
complete P90X (the workout plan and meal plan)
Starting March 1st...scared like no other
run a marathon in the fall
the thought of this still freaks me out
read at least 12 books
Seven out of twelve read
do a meal plan for every week
yeah, not so much...lets say we'll start this one again on March 1st
use the envelope system for money
Woot, have done an excellent job at this, but still splurge once in a while like yesterday on a fancy toilet bowl cleaner.  I didn't have quite enough in my envelope, but decided I would try it because our toliets get incredibly nasty quickly due to the days before the house had a water softner.
be genuine in my relationships
This is a work in progress.  A BIG work in progress.  God is showing me how gross my heart is in regards to some people.  I have a feeling there will be lots of humbling this year regarding this.
get rid of diesel heat
We have had two places give us estimates.  Working on saving up money at this point.  To go geo-thermal or LP, that is the big decision.  Both pay off themselves in about five years, but one cost a whole lot more than the other.
redo the kitchen floor
With the discovery of the possibility the we could get geo-thermal, all of our savings are going that way for now, so we'll see if this gets done.  Hopefully it will still, but I would rather have central air than new floors.  Bring yellow floors for another year!
build relationships in Woodward, IA
Not so hot, but hopefully when the weather does get warmer, we'll be able to go out aka have the energy to go out and meet some peeps.
volunteer somewhere on a regular basis
Ryan and I volunteer at a nursing home in Perry every Tuesday night.  At first we were reading them Little Heathens which was fun, but the employees at the nursing home weren't always the best about getting people to our reading group.  So now we just go an hang out with whoever wants to talk.  I learned a lot about growing tomatoes this week and Ryan got to hear a lot about WWII which he enjoyed.  

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book so far

My goal this year was to read 12 books.  Like everything in my like I go through phases where I am all in and borderline addicted to the activity.  This past month it was reading books, but I think I phasing out of that time temporarily because life is not giving time to such activities for the time being.

I'm not the best at giving reviews or summarizing books because I forget what I read soon after the book is done (I'm this way with movies too.)  You'll have to go to Amazon to read a summary, but I can tell you which ones you should read.

So far I have read in 2012

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
    *Quick, light hearted read.  Well, maybe not so lighthearted, but the end leaves you with a heart to give back to those around you.

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall
     *Excellent book.  Memoir about a woman who grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints who believe in multiple wives and her painful journey leaving the community.  Definitely recommend.

All She Ever Wanted by Barbara Freethy
    *Ehhh, it was okay.  Don't spend your time reading this.

Five Days in Summer by Katia Leif
    *I have recently fell in love with Criminal Minds, I decided to try the whole crime drama type of book.  I decided I don't really like that genre of books, but if you do, I would recommend this.

Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    *I avoided these books as long as I could with all the hype surrounded by them.  I didn't want to be one of those people who read it after they became cool.  But I was one of those people, and I loved them!  You definitely should read them.  I read all three of these in six days.  (Proof I was in the addicted to reading phase.)

Wow, Apparently I'm seven books in to the twelve books.  Maybe I should have made the reading book goal a bit more lofty.