This lady brings a lot sunshine and smiles to our life!

We spent a number of hours not too long ago renewing our CPR certification for foster care.

I’ve been discovering plenty of marked down bananas not too long ago, so we freeze them after which make inexperienced smoothies with them (frozen banana, milk, greens, and peanut butter). So good!

She’s such just a little mama to Baby D.

One of my single mother mates had appendicitis and I discovered that she was on the hospital all by herself, so I dropped every thing to spend the day on the hospital along with her when she had her surgical procedure. Single mothers are unimaginable… and so they typically will not be good at asking for assist, however they will typically really feel actually alone. If you realize a single mother in your life, how will you present up and let her know she is liked and never alone at present?

I wrote this on Instagram not too long ago: I sat subsequent to her at a Christmas brunch a yr and a half in the past. We laughed about our children and humorous motherhood tales. She up to date me on her present most cancers therapies. I shared the place we have been at in our foster care journey.

We mentioned goodbye on the finish of the brunch… and I had no thought that may be the final time I might ever see her on this earth (she handed away shortly after that brunch).

I’ve thought so much about what I might have mentioned had I identified it might be my final time to ever discuss along with her. And it’s made me change the way in which I’ve approached life from right here on out.

In truth, I typically suppose now: If this have been my final dialog with this individual, what would I wish to ensure that I informed them? And then I attempt to truly communicate these phrases commonly to inform them I really like them, to inform them how a lot I admire them, to inform them how their life is impacting mine. It prices zero {dollars}; but it surely simply may utterly change somebody’s world for us to talk life and love out loud to them!

She’s so happy with the truth that she’s studying the best way to stroll in her new footwear (it took her quite a lot of tries and falls, however she lastly bought it!)

This is an ideal image of what loads of my evenings appear to be proper now. And I wouldn’t commerce it for the world!

I’m on this bizarre season of getting each youngsters and a toddler. (Plus a pre-teen and a child!) We’re nonetheless remembering the best way to navigate diapers, nursing, teething, naps, baby-led weaning, and studying to stroll and discuss whereas additionally forging into the entire new world of a teen who’s driving throughout now, simply bought a brand new job, and is speaking about school prep, ACT prep, school scholarships, and twin credit score.

The mail got here and in it was a flier “for your new baby” (Baby D), a replica of The Little Engine That Could (from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library), and extra school brochures. I simply needed to snort! This is our life — toggling from automotive seats and poopy diapers to job purposes and late evening talks about school, mates, boys, and the long run.

It’s exhausting and exhilarating all of sudden. And once I see these two collectively and the candy relationship they’ve regardless of a 15+ yr age distinction, my coronary heart is so full! ❤️

Guess who bought to return for a go to?? Our candy little Champ. Oh how we love this boy! (If you’re new right here, we fostered him for 8 months final yr after which he reunified together with his mama.)

These two all the time get SO excited to see each other. We introduced each of them residence from the hospital inside 4 weeks of one another, in order that they have a kind of twin-like relationship and it’s the cutest!

They labored on organizing the kitchen drawers for me. 😉

“I love having teenagers!” I mentioned this to a younger mother not too long ago who informed me how she will get so discouraged with individuals telling her, “Just enjoy these years when they are young because it’s not going to be fun when they are teens.” She sighed and mentioned to me, “I wish people would stop declaring such negativity over my kids’ futures!”

I couldn’t “Amen” her assertion quick sufficient! And I liked attending to share along with her how a lot I really like having teenagers. Sure, we’ve got arduous moments and days. Sure, there are hormones and disagreements. But total, I simply love having youngsters!

I really like our deep discussions and our foolish inside jokes. I really like watching them unfold their wings and stick their necks out. I really like studying from their views and having them train me the best way to use electronics and play video video games (I’m engaged on studying to play Rocket League proper now and I’m horrible at it, however I’m having a blast making an attempt to determine it out!)

One of the perfect components of getting teenagers is that our residence has a relentless inflow of different teenagers coming over to hang around. I wish to declare all of them as my very own — and I really like listening to their boisterous laughter filling our residence, can’t get sufficient of our late-night discussions, and my coronary heart is so joyful watching friendships develop and deepen as they eat method an excessive amount of junk meals collectively. (What’s with all teenagers seeming to like Spicy Doritos, Takis, Sour Candy, and Oreos?? I see the combos of meals they are going to have laid out and be plowing by means of and I simply cringe at pondering of how I might really feel to have all of that mixed in my very own abdomen!)

Young mothers: don’t let anybody inform you that the teenager years are going to be this terrible, horrific time! Yes, you’ll need Jesus like by no means earlier than, however as an alternative of dreading it, I encourage you to stay up for it! Practice staying up late, get used to plenty of opening up your arms and letting go and trusting God, and perhaps fill up on Spicy Doritos… after which prepare for a wild and fantastic journey of stepping again and watching your children stroll into maturity! It’s a tremendous journey with plenty of magnificence and laughter on the way in which, when you have eyes to see the presents and goodness that’s there!

I bought to see my pal, Erin (from The Humbled Homemaker), whereas she and her household have been on the town this previous week.

Things I by no means thought can be a part of my regular, every single day life — syringing meds and juice by means of a feeding tube!

Kaitlynn is loving being again to hardcore skating once more! (She’s at the moment going to the rink 5 days every week and dealing with three totally different coaches. It’s so enjoyable to see her ardour come out on this!)

Did you see my put up on how I prep lettuce for every week of salads?

Baby D is doing so effectively in remedy! We are so extremely happy with him and the progress he’s making!

Her smile is infectious!

I’m all about maintaining it actual right here, so as an alternative of making an attempt to fake I’ve bought all of it collectively, I’ll simply be sincere and say I had some tough patches this previous week. Yes, there have been loads of further stretching issues and I used to be up much more than regular with a fussy child and toddler.

But as an alternative of working towards what I preach about leaning into the Holy Spirit and trying to Him for energy — particularly on the exhausting and overwhelming days — I attempted to energy by means of alone… and that didn’t work effectively. In truth, I had to return and apologize to each member of my household one evening this previous week as a result of I had snapped at them or gotten annoyed in entrance of them.

I’m placing this out right here publicly as a reminder for myself this Monday: I would like Jesus. I can’t do that life I’ve been referred to as to reside alone. I’m not satisfactory in and of myself. But in Christ, I can do all issues.

I don’t need to attempt to muddle by means of this life alone; as a Christian, I’ve God’s Spirit in me! When I really feel drained, I can look to Him for vitality. When I really feel overwhelmed, I can ask Him for peace and readability. When I really feel annoyed, I can shoot up a flare prayer for persistence.

“Lord, help me to remember to rely upon You and rest in You today. In the moments that feel stretching, may that push me to lean on You. Let me rest in Your love for me and in the knowledge that You are sufficient when I feel inadequate, that You are Enough when I feel like I don’t have what it takes. And may I wholeheartedly trust in Your supernatural power instead of trying to power through today on my own. You have everything I need to do everything you have called me to today. I rest in that and eagerly anticipate how I’m going to see Your faithfulness and goodness show up in the mundane and magical moments of today.”

Getting to be an in-between mama has been one of many biggest blessings and presents of my life. To love as my very own on the behalf of one other mama… it has profoundly modified me at my core.

I don’t know what the long run holds for this little boy. But I’ve been given at present to like deeply and with abandon. To connect arduous. To advocate fiercely for. To communicate phrases of life and love over him. To pray wholeheartedly for his future. To snuggle and hug and rock and sing to and skim to and say, “I love you” time and again.

If we’re being sincere, none of us know the long run for anybody or something. But we’ve got at present. Let’s not miss the moments to talk love and life to these round us. To say with our actions and the way we present up, “You have value and worth. You are loved. You are worth advocating for and fighting for.”