Thursday, April 28, 2011

I want to be a runner ...

I found these old pictures from the St. Jude's Half Marathon in 2008. It makes me want to be a runner again.











 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rest

I am in constant motion. Completing tasks, acheiving goals, cleaning something, helping someone, learning about some new passion. I am bad at resting. My mind is always racing. I always think about things that need to be done.

We have so much going on in our lives that my lack of rest has led to several emotional breakdowns in recent weeks and possible illness. For several weekends I have had flu like symptoms for a few hours at a time, Andy thinks it is linked to overwork. Yesterday Andy came home from a run and found me on the kneeling on the kitchen countertops cleaning the windows and sobbing because I felt so overwhelmed about everything that needed to be done at our house.

Two weeks ago we tried to do an activities fast. We only participated in mandatory activities (like going to work) and spent our evenings doing Bible study or reading. This was really hard for me. I wanted to keep getting little cleaning tasks or emails done here and there. Is it possible I have some serious issue that prevents me from resting. Many friends and roommates have suggested this over the years.

Everyone is busy. How do you prevent physical exhaustion and emotional weariness?

On a positive note, I took a nap on the deck today and enjoyed a glorious Easter Sunday.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Kind of Town

Emilee, Natalie, Rebecca and I went to Chicago last weekend to visit Michelle. It worked out to be a great girls weekend. We stayed downtown at the Marriott Renaissance right on the Chicago River.

We ate a lot of great food, including Giordanno's Famous Chicago style pizza!


 Greyson wins the best baby ever award!
 We went all the way to Chicago to shop at Marshall's.
 The Chicago River.


 We also visited the Bean at Millenium Park and took the obligatory tourist pictures.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Foster Care and Us

Together for Adoption is a great organization that educates the Church about God's heart for the orphan and His call on Christians to adopt and care for orphans. Andy and I attended the 2009 conference together just four days after getting engaged. Before getting engaged, we knew that we wanted to adopt children. At T4A, God opened Andy's heart to foster care. Pastor Scott Roley spoke about becoming a foster dad more than 30 years ago to a young teenager who has been sexually abused in her birth family as well as in three subsequent foster homes. I remember feeling Andy slump in his seat while he listened to this story and then leaning over to me saying, "We have to do something about that. Christians have to provide good families for these kids." And with that, God started directing our path.

Earlier this year we completed foster care training. We are still in the process of completing paper work that will certify our home to receive foster children. Our current plan is to provide respite care during 2011; respite care is "relief care" for foster families such as watching children on the weekend. In 2012, we would like to become full-time foster parents with an eye toward adoption. Although, we are very open to providing a home for children temporarily and helping reunite them with their birth family, if that is what is best for them.

This whole process is emotionally overwhelming. My constant prayer is for God to direct our path and make it straight. We want to do foster care to build our family, but more importantly to provide a family for children who need one. Please join us in praying for God to unite us with the right children.

Together for Adoption recently interviewed this couple at their house conference about fostering to adopt. They eloquently put into words how Andy and I feel about foster care. Watching it is worth 15 minutes of your time and may help you understand a little bit about our passion.
http://www.togetherforadoption.org/?p=10304

What questions do you have about foster care? Leave a comment and I will try to answer your questions in a future post.