Published: by Crystal Paine on   |  This submit could comprise affiliate hyperlinks. Read my disclosure coverage right here.

I took Kaitlynn out for her birthday (after we acquired house from our journey to Kansas). We went procuring and tried out this new juice place. It was $$, however so good!

I posted this on Instagram final week:

“Will saying yes cause her trauma?” These are the stuff you marvel once you say sure to foster care. There are so many issues to consider, pray about, and take into account.

We each felt such a powerful pull to say sure after we acquired the decision about Baby D and we knew we had been purported to say sure — although we didn’t know a lot about his case, how lengthy he’d be in our house, nor what it’d entail. But we wish to stroll in religion as a substitute of stay stifled by concern.

Guess what? Not solely has Baby D been such a present to our house, however Kierstyn has liked him a lot! She’s like a bit of mama to him… all the time ensuring he’s okay, making an attempt to assist together with his feeding pump, comforting him if he’s fussing, and — her new factor — making an attempt to alter his diaper!

Instead of him inflicting her angst and jealously, he’s continually inflicting her to snigger and smile and it’s introduced out this entire nurturing facet that we didn’t know she had. (Her first phrase was his identify! She loves him a lot!) And I believe, in flip, that she pushes him to work more durable to be taught new expertise as a result of he needs to attempt to sustain along with her.

Saying sure and leaping into the unknown can really feel scary, nevertheless it is also the catalyst to a number of the biggest (and surprising!) blessings and development.

I acquired to exit to lunch with one good friend and out to dinner with one other good friend. This was my dinner at Uncle Julios — so yummy!

He’s been making a variety of progress in remedy and has such a want to attempt to do numerous new issues!

Look at him sitting up! This is a brand new ability we’ve been engaged on!

Jesse and I went out for a date at The Fainting Goat Coffee. Jesse hadn’t been right here earlier than, so I had enjoyable taking him!

We took the youthful three youngsters to a neighborhood July 4th celebration.

And we performed within the kiddie pool collectively (Baby D loves it; Kierstyn’s not as a lot of a fan!)

And had a household afternoon utilizing the Slip N’ Slide.

He liked the texture of grass!

Silas and Jesse have been having many Spike Ball tournaments lately.

She’s actually into make-up — if you happen to couldn’t inform. 😉 She acquired a maintain of my lipgloss and tried to place some on.

I’ve been taking her out on a leisurely stroll most late afternoons/early evenings. It’s the proper finish to the day. I take heed to my audiobook, we cease and take a look at flowers, we choose up sticks, we speak to neighbors who cross by, and we simply take pleasure in one-on-one time collectively.

I took Kaitlynn out for celebratory drinks as a result of she had simply had her first job interview. Right after she turned 14, she began researching native locations that rent 14-year-olds after which utilized to some and ended up getting a job at a retail retailer — which is an ideal match for her!

Speaking of Kaitlynn, she additionally had testing for determine skating. She has some large objectives in the case of skating and a kind of is to cross numerous ranges over the subsequent 12 months.

She acquired this ice skating gown on-line. I gave her a price range and he or she appeared and appeared till she discovered one she liked that was additionally in her price range (it had been worn just a few instances and had a tiny gap in it, so it was half the worth of paying new!)

She handed her Moves within the Field take a look at for the subsequent degree. Here she is with one in every of her coaches on the day of testing.

They each needed me to carry them as quickly as they acquired up — which is fairly frequent! I don’t know that I’ll be capable to maintain each of them on the similar time for much longer, however I’m cherishing these moments and days!

Silas had a baseball match this previous Saturday and Sunday. We’ve seen a lot enchancment in his pitching, hitting, and operating the previous few months and it’s enjoyable to get to look at him do what he’s so keen about.

This occurred on the finish of one of many video games and it was lovely! More than the baseball expertise, we’re grateful for the friendships and character Silas is creating by means of baseball.

And this was in all probability among the best highlights of the final two weeks — we acquired to have Champ come over one afternoon/night!

Words can not categorical how deeply we love this candy boy!

When he acquired out of the automotive at our home, he and Kierstyn ran hollering to one another and hugged time and again. (See a video of their hug right here.)

We are so grateful that he’s thriving together with his mama! And we’re additionally profoundly grateful she needs us to proceed to be in his life frequently. Her kindness towards us strikes us deeply. (Also: you understand some of the heartwarming issues?? He squeals when he sees us each time he comes to go to and he squeals when he sees his mama when she picks him up on the finish of the go to!)

(By the way in which, if you’re new right here: Champ is the candy child we introduced house from the NICU and fostered for 8 months final 12 months. Kierstyn was born 4 weeks after we introduced him house and the 2 of them have a very shut relationship. He reunified together with his mama originally of December. Saying goodbye to him was one of many hardest issues we’ve ever carried out as a household, however we might do it once more in a heartbeat for the present of getting to like him. His life has eternally modified our lives and we’re so honored to be a part of his story!)