Friday, December 29, 2006


Well it is FINALLY winter in ND. We got our 1st measurable snowfall last night/this morning and received 2+ inches. I am really hoping the big storm that is in the central part of the US does not come this far north. We have plans to travel for the holiday weekend and I'm really excited to go. If we stay home, I know I will be sleeping by 9pm on New Year's and that is just NO FUN! Oh well, welcome to parenthood, huh? Can't take off if the weather is questionable with the 2 little munchkins.

I'm really glad that it is already almost Jan before we are getting any real "WINTER" but then again it held off this long, why now??? It's just not fair! I wish Mother Nature would have cooperated! I guess you can't control things though.

Yesterday I took the day off to sleep! With this darn cold and the kids being sick, it's really taken a toll on me. I feel so much better today. I planned to rest for the mornind and then take the xmas tree down and clean up the house in the afternoon, but I didn't get outta bed until 3 and then showered and had to go pick the kids up from daycare. Guess now I'll have to trudge thru the snow out to the shed to get all the containers to put the stuff away. UGH! Whose bright idea was it to put it all away after I put the xmas stuff up??? Oh wait, it was mine cause then it was sooo cluttered in the house for that month. Guess if this weather keeps up, I'll have plenty of time to do things this weekend.

Enough of me complaining. I'm still waiting for someone to contact me who's looking for a blogger friend! Anyone out there????

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New to this...

I'm new at this. My hubby and I have been foster parents for 15 months. We have been blessed with having 5 children in our home in that short time (brothers 5&3 for 6 months, girl 1 yr for 11 1/2 months, boy 2 and his sister 1 currently have had for 2 months). After a very long and exhausting and stressful court battle we lost "our little girl" to her birth mom's "friends". We had her in our home for 11 1/2 months and had to pack all of her stuff up the week after Thanksgiving. This has been very difficult for us;however, in the end this has made us stronger people. We know that the court system does not always take the child's best interest to heart and we also have learned to trust noone in the court system. Unfortunately, we were/are very naive when we started this process and I am just thankful that we learned these lessons very early on in our fostering experience. The "silver lining" if there is in any of this, is that her birth mom knows that she cannot care for her and the "friends" that she chose are (from what I've been told) good people who have steady jobs and are of sound mind, body & soul. They own a very nice house and i'm sure G will be taken care of.

As for the children we now have, they are such sweet little peanuts. Unfortunately, they came out of a drug bust at their home and there are obvious delays with Jr. At 2, he hardly speaks, doesn't chew his food well, has terrible balance among other problems. There is a lot of anger in him for being 2 years old. I feel so helpless and can only imagine what he has been thru in his short life. This is his 3rd trek thru the system. His little sis is on her 2nd trek thru the system and seems to be developing normally other than some MAJOR attachment issues. She hates men! (Not that this is a all bad thing! LOL) She will let most women console her; however, she will not settle down even from my hubby. I did notice that her 1 yr molar on her left side bottom had popped thru last night so we have 1 more to go and then maybe our moods will improve until the top ones are ready to come thru!

I am keeping this blog as a way to keep notes about their progress and to have somewhere to vent to whomever will listen/read. I am open to comments and would love to hear from anyone out there who is a foster/adoptive parent or just any parent who can comment on any questions I may put out there being a new parent to toddlers.