Monday, May 16, 2016

Fostering: Organizing Clothes & Items

Coming from the midwest, I was surprised to learn that when we moved to Arizona and Tennessee to find out no one had a basement! {Okay, so I could understand in AZ, but I was in complete shock when there was no basements in TN)

So when we moved back to the midwest, I was SOOO excited to have a basement!! With the house we got, we asked to keep all the shelves in the basement, and it has come in sooooo handy with everything I need to organize, especially all the fostering items.

With being new to fostering, one of the questions I remember asking myself was, "How am I going to organize all this stuff?!" Coming from having no kids, to gather items for ages newborn-5 (both genders) in a little bit of time, was a bit overwhelming.

So a good way to organize is key! :) I gathered totes and inside I organized the clothes by size by using paper grocery bags. I am hoping this will work, but, we will see :) 

The clothes are organized by gender, size (0-18 months, 24 months (2T) or 5t, size 4 and above in case some of the kids wear a little bit bigger clothes.) Toys are divided by age, but then some of the more older toys are divided by gender (if they want to play with the other gender's toys, that's fine too), but it just makes it easier on me to know where the dolls are vs. the cars are).

Friday, May 13, 2016

Building Hope

84% of the homeless population in Kalamazoo stay at the Gospel Mission
80% of the homeless families are women and children
0% of the federal homelessness assistance is given in the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Little Rain Won't Stop This Guy!

This was our adventure the other day. Trav was able to golf a 9 hole course in about an hour and a half, especially when it started pouring at the end of the course.

Grandma L.

As we prepared for a busy weekend (Trav was going to run a half marathon with his momma), Trav got a phone call from his dad saying that his grandma passed away.

Grandma L. welcomed me in this family with open arms. By the time I met her, her speech was delayed (the family thought it may have been a stroke, but she tested negative for having a stroke). As her speech got worse, she would communicate with her writing. And she had pretty fantastic handwriting (after all, she was a teacher)!

One of the last cards we received from Grandma.
Easter 2015.
She would always send us cards for every special occasion, and we knew when her handwriting started getting worse and when she stopped sending us cards that her health was going declining for the past couple of years.

Grandma was that she was a way fashionable lady throughout her whole life. She loved sparkly things and lots of bling. :) She would spend hours of looking for gifts for us, and she would wrap them perfectly. If they weren't wrapped perfectly, she would wrap them all over again. I only wish I had her patience and her perfectionism. 

Before she passed, uncle Jon had an upcoming birthday and she asked someone to get a variety of birthday cards. She chose which ones she wanted, even choosing one for the next year, knowing she wouldn't be around. That's the kind of woman she was, kind and thoughtful.

I imagine Grandma getting to heaven and having grandpa and her son, Guy, meeting her. She is able to talk again, but no words are coming out because she's crying happy tears of being able to see them again. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Turkey Hunter

The other day, Travis surprised me by telling me that he is going turkey hunting. So he spent a couple of hours at Dunham's and got more hunting gear, and when he got home he had to try everything on. One of my favorite things about Trav is that he gets so excited and lights up like a little kid and he's just so previous! The dogs weren't fooled that it was daddy hiding being all the camo.

Trav came home late one day after being on call (he didn't get home until 2 AM), fell asleep, and got up at 4:30 AM to meet a co-worker and a friend of his to go hunting. How he did it on 2 hours of sleep is beyond me, but this boy was excited!

Usually, I am opposed to hunting and give him a really hard time. I mean why shoot an innocent little animal so we can eat it? But on a previous hunting trip, my friend Dana gave me reasons on why not to hate it.

One thing Trav has also taught me; would I rather eat a turkey who lived a full life and one day was shot quickly, or would I rather eat a turkey that has been in a cage all day and suffered a horrible life? Okay, even writing that down doesn't make it sound any better.

{Side note: Travis had a lot of fun, however his co-workers friend was the only one who got a turkey, and ended up giving some of the meat to us. Trav was a little disappointed that he didn't get his own turkey, but I'm sure they'll be more turkey adventures in the future.}

Monday, May 2, 2016

It's My B D A Y

It all started out good, because I got these for an early birthday gift:

But then on my actual birthday, this is how my day started out:

The two puppy dogs are in the back. I don't think they knew what was all going on, but they are pretty easy going. My plan was to go back to Indiana for the day and stay, because Trav was on call. I got to the gas station to fill up, and got back in my car, and it wouldn't start. The car was stuck in park and kept acting like it was starting, but it wouldn't start. Trav thought it was something small, but when the tow guy jumped into the car to see, he had the same issue.

So there's that.

And I cried. Hahaha. Mainly, because apparently I have car issues that happen on my birthday, and next year, I'm not driving anywhere. Hahaha. I am joking, but you know.  Also, it was hard to get a hold of some people near by to see if they could help out. Eventually, my friend Kari pulled through, and came and picked up the pups and I and dropped me off at home. (Thanks Kari, you are angel!)

Side note: I was glad to see Big Red was treating his new family well :)

When crying, you get a discount on your tow, your best friend surprises you by coming up to visit, and your parents bring you an extra car. Win win. :)

So I got to see friends, and my parents.
Trav was able to come home too bringing me home Boston Cream Pie.
And I was so excited to see this little man because he's growing so big!

Kate surprised me with this AWESOME cookie recipe that I've been wanting since she's talked about it. And she knows I needed chocolate, so she brought oreos :)

My parents took us out to eat.
And when we got home, they sang to me Happy Birthday. :) :) :)

It was a good day :)


And I loved all the love I got on my birthday: texts, calls, and facebook messages. Y'all rock! I feel so loved.