About six months ago we started working toward becoming licensed foster parents. The amount of paperwork we had to turn in, the amount of questions we had to answer, the amount of training we had to do was so much. But that makes sense because we will be entrusted with the lives of real live children, all of whom have dealt with more trauma than anyone their age should ever be subjected to.
Two weeks ago tomorrow we were licensed. Now we wait for our first child. It’s kind of a weird feeling of limbo really. We know we’ll get a kid, but we don’t know when or how old or their race or gender or even if it will be just one or if we’ll get two at once.
We are often asked why we decided to do this. Basically, to decrease world suck. When Trump shut the government down back in January and Jamie was forced to work but we had no idea when he’d get paid for that work, people were so kind to us. It was quite incredible really. That got us thinking and praying about what we could do to pay it forward and the answer we received was to become foster parents. So here we are.
One really interesting thing happened while we were going through the licensing process. We got invited by Amazon to join the Vine program. This means we get products to review. Stuff in exchange for our words. We’ve reviewed well over 300 items so far as part of that program. Many of the things we have gotten are for babies, toddlers, and children. Toys, clothes, carseats, diapers, even a crib mattress and a twin bed base. Things we would have needed to buy. So that’s been a huge blessing.
We also were given a bunkbed (just needed to get mattresses for it) and a crib by friends who were getting rid of them absolutely free. It’s like the stars totally aligned (or, rather, we were super blessed by God for being willing to do this crazy, hard, incredible thing of caring for and loving His little ones).
We should have our first placement very soon. You never know when a child (or two) that matches what we are approved for (girls 0-3, boys 0-7; that’s all based on the space in our bedrooms and the laws in Texas) will need a home.
Today we celebrated NOT Back to School Day. We decided to go bowling this year. Cameron was able to join us before heading off to work. This is his last NOT Back to School Day ever.
The little guys had never been bowling before. Fritz especially really liked it. When Cameron set up our game he programmed the bumpers to Fritz, Adrian, and me. That was a good idea.
Then we stopped at our doctor’s office for blood draws. I needed to have my titer done for the pneumonia shot to see if it worked. The little guys had to have TB tests done.
We picked Ani up and went to Tarka for lunch. They have the best food and most of it is gluten free, too.
We went to PetSmart and looked at the animals. The cats were really fun. We can’t have cats because of allergies, but they are fun to look at anyway.
After that, we went to RediClinic and Jamie, Ani, and I got TB tests started. We have to go back in a couple days to get them read. For some reason Ani’s body decided it didn’t like it and her heart rate dropped pretty dramatically and she almost passed out. She does things like that sometimes.
We finished the day with some D&D and cardmarking. Another successful NOT Back to School Day complete! (For past NOT Back to School Days, go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.)
A couple weeks ago Jamie went to Nassau for work (rough, right?). The place he stayed had lots of pools and a private beach. My first thought when I saw a picture of where he was staying was, “I’d have so much fun reading there.” That’s pretty much my idea of a dream vacation!
My brother’s family came to visit for a few days and while they were here we went to a San Antonio Missions minor league baseball game.
The Missions won something like 10-2. There were a couple really great plays and a whole lot of watching batters and pitchers set themselves up to bat and pitch.
Fritz and Adrian have decided they have now see more than enough baseball games to last them a lifetime. That would be one. They’ve only ever seen one baseball game.
A few weeks ago Jamie, Ani, and I went to the first gathering of service missionaries in Texas. Just a couple days before that, Ani had been set apart as a full time service missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
There are currently only a handful of service missionaries spread across Texas. Only something like 16 in the entire San Antonio Mission (which stretches to the border and includes Austin).
Going to this conference gave me the chance to see Houston for the first time. Now the only major city in Texas I have never been to is El Paso.
On Wednesday, June 19th Adrian turned 11. Jamie had to work almost all day, but he spent the day having fun with his brother, grandparents, and me so that was okay.
His favorite presents were his talking Buzz and Woody. With Toy Story 4 coming out just after his birthday, he’s been really into those movies lately.
We went to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Alamo Drafthouse. It was a really cute movie. Everyone enjoyed it from ages 11 up to 74!
We went to a trampoline park where the boys got to jump for a couple hours and played several games of laser tag.
We went to Golden Corral for dinner where Adrian could pick whatever he wanted for dinner. His choice? Rice and cheese, his favorite food.
The boys went swimming in the pool at the hotel.
They played some D&D after Jamie got finished working and got back to the hotel.
When we got home, Cameron gave Adrian his present. Adrian was thrilled to have a talking Forky to add to his Buzz and Woody. He had been slightly disappointed on his birthday to not get Forky since that’s the one he wanted most of all.
The week of Adrian’s birthday, Jamie had to work in Laredo. He always takes off work for our kids’ birthdays so with Adrian’s birthday on Wednesday that presented a bit of a problem. So the little boys and I decided to go with him and to take my parents along, too.
We went way down by the border in the old town part of Laredo to see San Augustin Cathedral, established in 1755. It’s quite a beautiful bit of architecture and overlooks a lovely park.
It was super hot (105+) and humid (60+%) so we headed into the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum. Bonus, it was Tuesday which is their free admission day, though we would’ve paid whatever they asked just to be in the air conditioning for a while. It’s a small museum with displays of old things found around the area.
Our hotel was just a few blocks from the Rio Grande. We caught some Mexican cows coming down for a drink. No walls there and no fences either allowing for an unobstructed, gorgeous view of nature.
We drove down to where a couple of the bridges (border crossings) are. There’s a little park right along the Rio Grande and an outlet mall at that point. We were so close we could practically touch Mexico.
We really enjoyed spending a week in Laredo. It’s a nice little city. I still like McAllen better, but I’d got back to Laredo anytime!