Sunday, April 20, 2014

And then there was a baby.

Last summer we decided to try for another baby. We met with the doctor who monitored my care with Ella. He did some tests, wrote some prescriptions, and gave us a thumbs up to go.

The next week at summer camp Andrew walks up to me on a Saturday morning and tells me that he had a dream that I had a baby boy (he did not know we were trying). The whole following week Ella starts walking around the house saying "The baby brother will sleep in the crib & I'll still get Mommy & Daddy's bed" (the girl still makes her way in and I love it). I figure God must be telling my children that if I did indeed get preggo, it'd be a boy. We laughed it off.

The 2nd day of 2nd grade for Josiah I was sitting in my living room putting dates from the school calendar into my Google calendar. Ella was playing in her bedroom, Pandora was on, my house was peaceful. The phone rang and I heard the base set declare "Phone call from County of Los Angeles DCFS". I jump up, and I assume the call is regarding Josiah, because what else could it be?

 I answer. And life changes.

Josiah's bio mom had another baby, it was a boy, he was a few days old. Would we take him. Tomorrow?

Shut the front door!!

We had no idea she was pregnant, no idea she was even in this part of the country.

We conferenced called Andrew, had a family meeting, prayed & said YES.

Over the next 17 hours our community surrounded us, our best friends showed up & built a crib, went shopping, this and that and we had every little thing one could need for a newborn. And then he was here.

Legally, things have not turned out the way we were originally led to believe they would, but that boy is still in our home, at nearly 8 months. He squealing as I type. He looks so much like Josiah. Pray for him, the court system , us and the boys bio mom. It's been a rough road to endure, the last several months, but we have our hope in a mighty God.

I can't wait to show you his sweet face!!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Then she told me "You know you can't just pull your kid out of school & teach him out of a book from Costco???"

And I laughed out loud, and at that moment I was 100% certain we'd made the right decision.

The title of this post are words a school administrator sarcastically said to me when I mentioned we'd been talking to a charter school in regards to homeschooling Josiah.

And actually you CAN just pull your child out of school and teach him out of a Costco book if you wanted. So there.

Our boy had a rough year. He received a life changing diagnosis last fall, not at all life threatening, just new hurdles. Life long hurdles. He was struggling in school, not academically, but socially. He was being bullied and his friends were starting to take note of his sensory issues & inability to sit still. Academically he was in the gifted program and doing well, but there were so many things that we as a family disagreed with and ultimately, we feel like the school system treats every child like they're squares & Josiah is a circle. We were watching Josiah's love of learning disappear right before our eyes.

I always said I could never homeschool a special needs child. But it got to the point that Jason was 100% sure it was the right thing & I agreed.

And it's been such a joy. (Mostly, I sometimes threaten to send him back to school). Since we are with a charter school we have an education specialist assigned to us, so I am not in it alone. She has been such a huge help! It's also given us the opportunity to use educational funds for things that interest Josiah (like piano).

He's doing really well & we're having fun, and learning as we go. We're doing lots of hands on stuff & computer lessons. We started hanging out with a group of friends who homeschool & are doing some fun things together.

Overall, I am excited about the decision - and I am excited for next year!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

So, about that ...

It's been like 8 months since I've blogged & everyone keeps bugging me about it! :P

I use this as a family scrapbook, so I have missed capturing our memories & keeping track of special moments ... however, we had a privacy issue, so I backed off and life took over, but here I am and I am not really sure what this will look like from here forward, but if you're still even checking us out, hello! In not writing, I've not done much blog reading either, and I've missed you!

Much has changed in our little land.

We pulled Josiah out of school & we're homeschooling.

We have a baby. (Say what!?)

Lot's of fun stuff to fill you in on when my kids aren't trying to see if Belle's head will fit on Barbies body.

Happy March! :)

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

God bless America!!

We went to Riley's Farm for a little colonial holiday {one of my most favorite places. If only we lived closer. Like on the farm}. Lunch, music, the deceleration of independence, berry picking. 

Having a holiday birthday is fun! So sweet of this boy to want to spend the day with us! 

she ate ALL of the strawberries we picked within hours of us getting back home. so much for sharing! 

Ended the night with some fireworks, which the girl is still afraid of! Great ending to a great day!

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Friday, June 28, 2013

When life gives you lemons, throw the lemons back in life's face and say:

"You know what life?
 I didn't ask for lemons. I ordered an espresso."

And that's the quote of our week. 

This happened. 

Our hoopty is dead. RIP hoopty. I love our hoopty. It was falling apart and needed love, but it was so good to us & ours completely, and our goal was {is} to buy our next car with cash. But you know what I love more then the hoopty? My husband. 

I am so, so thankful for my healthy, full and complete husband. Jason was driving straight down a 4 lane road when a flatbed semi backed out of an ally and slammed into Jason's passenger side. Praise Jesus there was no one else in the car {typically Jason has youth with him}. The windows were blown out and glass went everywhere {I'm still finding it in my washer & dryer and I don't know why or how}. The body is obviously damaged & we're pretty certain it's totaled. Jason was cut by glass, overextended one of his fingers, and has whipblash in his back. 

If you'd like, please pray for us while dealing with the insurance company {not ours, the trucks company}. Also we're having some issues with some of Josiah's medications and his insurance company too. I don't like insurance companies. 

All of this, these lemons, just another reminder that God is good. 

And to end on a sweet note: 

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