Saturday, July 28, 2012


For over four months we have been certified foster parents.  And for over four months, we had not received any phone calls.  Until this week.  On Tuesday we got our first phone call and missed it because I was upstairs and my phone was downstairs.  By the time we got in touch with our social worker, the kids had been placed elsewhere.

We were encouraged by the phone call (to know we were actually in the system), a little relieved (it was for the placement of two kids younger than Davey which would have been a lot), and motivated to get some things done around the house (just in case).

I was not expecting our next phone call to come just two days later but, this time I did not miss the call.  And when they asked if we were interested in a little girl born just the day before, we said yes.

So here we are, officially acting as foster parents.  It has been a wild ride already.  Our foster child is still in the NICU because she was born premature.  We have had the pleasure of going down to the hospital daily to visit her and learn more about her care.  

I wish I could share more but things are confidential.  I will not be able to post details or pictures but if you think of us, pray for us and for this sweet child.

We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have already felt and by all of the ways, big and little, that we see God's hand in this situation.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tess's Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated Tess's first birthday.  Here's some pictures from the party.  

We love you Tesser!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Face Painting

Last week the girls got their faces painted at a local kids event.  Malia was Hello Kitty with a butterfly and Davey was a princess.  (A little boy told Malia she looked like she had a mustache!)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dress Like A Cow Day

Last Friday was one of my favorite days of the year - Dress Like A Cow Day at Chick-fil-a.  The girls were pretty pumped this year too and they helped me with their outfits which I loved.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Snow White and Wilbur

Davey loves to dress up.  Earlier this week she was Snow White for the day.  
Her sidekick?  Wilbur the pig (who is actually a bear.) 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Steamboat Randoms

This is my last Steamboat post (which is good since we have been home a week now).  There were just a few randoms that I wanted to post.

 This is Davey being Maid Marion.  She did this several times throughout the trip.

 The girls with Dr. Pops.  Dan received an honorary doctorate from Huntington University in May and we were finally able to celebrate as a family on the trip.

 The elevators had mirrors on the top of them which fascinated/ gave Davey a lot of joy.

 The 2 year olds holding hands on our hike.

Malia scrambling up a rock.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The real creek

One afternoon while the other kids were all napping, Andrew and I were able to take Malia on an adventure to explore a creek.

 Dropping a flower in the creek.

 All smiles.


A few days later we took the rest of the family back to our spot.

 Des could throw rocks for hours.  "Rocks.  Big one.  Water. "  
We frequently heard those things from him.

Graham is also a fan of the rock throwing.  

 Davey was fearless in the icy water but did not want me to take her picture or leave her side.

I think that smile means Tess snuck a rock in her mouth.

 G and Malia went scrambling on the rocks with E.

 Malia is right at home in the creek.

The big kids (a.k.a. Chris and Andrew) building a dam.

 Davey and Des enjoying the pool created by their fathers.

Davey having some fun with Pops.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Update on Mary

On Tuesday afternoon, Andrew's mom, Mary (or, as our kids affectionately call her, Emmie), was in a biking accident.  She was flown from a local hospital in northern Washington to one in Seattle and then waited almost 48 hours before she could get a spot in surgery to repair her pelvis which broke in three spots (she also broke her collarbone and several ribs).

We just got word from Andrew's dad a couple of hours ago that surgery went really well.  We are really thankful that her life was spared and we look forward to her return home in another week or so.

I still have a lot of Steamboat pictures to post but for tonight I thought I would just post this one of Emmie with 3 (of her 5) grands.  Mary is super in-shape and I always find myself panting behind her to keep up in hikes, skiing, walking, etc.  They estimate a 3 month recovery for her.  She is such a fighter and I know that by the end of the year I will be panting behind her again!

Love you mom.