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I had intended to document the progress of our application for Foster Care licensing but I have been consumed with the process.  It has been so interesting learning about hurt children, adoption, etc… that I have been spending time reading books from the library and from our training class every chance I have had. We had a hefty packet of paperwork to fill out along with “tasks” to complete, I will try to include costs that I can recall so others will have an idea of what the expense would be.

  • Fingerprinting for Brent, Shelly, Nicholas.  Nicholas had his done in Sioux Center,IA and Brent and I drove to the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Lee’s Summit to have ours done (for free).
  • Physicals for all four of us, $30 copays+
  • Background checks-$18 each
  • Gather Social Security Cards for all adults (over 17), Drivers License, Marriage License, Pet Licenses and shot record, proof of auto insurance, Birth Certificates of all household members, Income tax forms or w-2’s, gun permits, authorization to obtain previous Counseling, Drug or Alcohol Treatment Records, Proof of CPR & First Aid Training ($25 each)
  • Ten weeks of classes from 6-9pm on Thursdays in Lee’s Summit at Missouri Baptist Children’s Home office
  • One Saturday medication training class
  • One Saturday taking
    Heartsaver First Aid & CPR/AED
    This class teaches the basics of first aid, including how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. In addition, you will learn Adult, Child, and Infant CPR including the use of an AED for victims 1 year of age or older.

We have been assigned a person to complete our home study and she will meet with Nicholas while he is home this weekend for fall break.  I think we will have three home visits during the study and it will be completed within 90 days.  We are praying about whether to start accepting foster children placements when it is completed or to seek out children for adoption.  There is a sibling group of three boys in Colorado that I have been praying for, I would like to try to find out more about them when our study is completed.  No one will even give you any information about children available for adoption unless you have a completed home study.  Please join us in prayer!


What a nice visit with Jeremy, Ginny, Libby, and Luca tonight.  We had a yummy, simple dinner of sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions followed by some candy I had stocked up by using The Grocery Game. Here we are showing off the grandkids to the neighbors.

Grandchildren, what a blessing!

Grandchildren, what a blessing!

Outside in Kansas City~It is an absolutely beautiful autumn day!

I am thinking~That it has been a long time since I last posted and how to best catch everyone up on the many things that have been going on.

I am thankful for~The great opportunities Taylor had to learn skills this week while helping the Hallams move into their home in the Northeast.  He was able to help lay laminate flooring and is now excited about replacing the flooring at our house.  Nicholas and Jeremy were both blessed to be able to learn valuable skills while serving the church too.

In my kitchen~All is clean and quiet and I love my new kitchen faucet!

I am wearing~Black knit shirt and teal skirt.

Last creative endeavor~ No time!

I am going~With Brent to Sioux Falls, SD next weekend for a workshop about starting an Orphan’s Ministry at your church.

Can’t wait for~ Spending time with my husband next weekend.  We have reservations at a B&B.

Family News~Luca Ethan was born Tuesday, September 16th, at 1:52 p.m.  Luca weighed 8 lb. 8 oz. and measured in at 21 inches.

Current Read~Attaching in Adoption by Deborah D. Gray, Parenting the Hurt Child by Keck and Kupecky.

I am hearing~Insects in the backyard.  I guess you can tell there are no kids at home right now.

I am hoping~To get the house cleaned and in order in time for another case study visit and Nicholas’ coming home on Wednesday and bringing along a friend to stay for the weekend.

Around the house~I am trying to get home repairs caught up before we receive our first foster children.  I started a plumbing project last week to repair the leaky faucet and leaky sink.  We ended up having to replace the faucet and the sink basket.  Of course none of the old stuff wanted to come off and we did not have the best tools for the jobs…First I sent out the emergency call to my brother, Brad, who came over to help me when I still thought I could repair the faucet.  He injured himself in the meantime, so sorry Brad.  Later after I found that everything would have to be replaced Jeremy took pity on me and came over to help (ie do most of the job) his temperment, skills, interests, match up to this a lot better than his dad or youngest sibling.  Yay!   Jeremy to the rescue again.

Simple pleasure~Painted my toenails with new red polish that my mom bought me called I’m Not Really a Waitress.

Plans for the weekend~This weekend Brendan came home with grandpa and spent the night on Friday.  We met with his mom and dad at the City Market Saturday morning to hang out and return him.  It was a beautiful day and we came home with spices from Planters, pumpkins for the porch, and ground chuck from Pleasant Pasture Farms.  Brent is replacing all the guts in one of the toilets today and treated the yard to try to get rid of our mole infestation.   Next weekend is the trip to South Dakota.

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