Our Little Summertime Gift


 Sweet Summer.

I love you for your refreshing breezes.

Your warmth brings new life to my very favorite foods.

Berries are one of your specialties.

You do them WELL.

We are enjoying our summer days.  We’ve had a few changes around here.  A few weeks ago we got our very first foster care placement.  It’s true!!  We’ve been so thrilled to share our home and arms with a cute little snuggle-bug again.   It’s been so strange to care for a newborn having NOT just given birth and NOT breastfeeding.  I tell you, those two things make a world of difference!  I still wake up several times a night, but I am not nearly as fatigued as I was after giving birth, while also not having the ability to walk.  For those who have asked, we don’t know how long this sweet baby will be with us, but we will give her all the love we can until she goes to be with her forever family.

I am so excited to be able to do what, I believe, God intended for us all to do.  There are so many kiddos in need of our love.  Sometimes, we get busy with our jobs and appointments and forget about those in need of our compassion.  As a wife and mother,  I have made a specific choice to stay home and care for my kids.  Thankfully, this also means I am able to bring other little ones into our home along the way, be they friend’s kids or strangers.   I love that.  Kids get shuffled around a lot these days so they need a little love.  Sometimes my job is difficult, but I am SURE I am doing what God wants me to be doing right now and for that I am EXTREMELY thankful.

This IS my job.

This is my privilege.

My heart is full.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “

(Matthew 25: 31-40)

If you are interested in adopting a sweet child like this one, contact an agency like the one we do foster care with.  They work with adoptive families nationwide for domestic as well as international adoption.  Check them out!


2 comments to Our Little Summertime Gift

  • Barb

    I’m not sure if you came across this in your research of the best way to take care of the floor of a chicken coop but I use sand. You can shift through it using a homemade big pooper scooper made out of a rake – and if it rains the poop seems to disappear….and there is no real smell…..

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