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This morning my brother, Brad, showed up on my doorstep and mysteriously asked if I had an hour to go somewhere with him.  I asked a couple of questions, that he did not really answer and said “sure.”  I got in the car and we headed into Claycomo then pulled up at the gun shop.  We went in and he took me to the indoor shooting range.  I have not shot a weapon since 1993 so it was a great surprise.  I shot a 9mm semi auto, 22 semi auto, and 38 revolver.  It was a relief that I did pretty well and I even took home my target for fun.

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Hurray, we had our last Home Study visit Saturday.  We passed our physical standards, talked about our marriage, how we plan to meet the required competencies, and answered miscellaneous questions that she wasn’t sure she had the answers to.  We were told that they have 120 days to complete our study from our first class which was September 18th.  We still have one class this Thursday night which is specific to our licensing agency, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.  After that we don’t have anything else we can do we just wait to hear back about our Home Study.  I am searching photolistings of children in the foster care system that are waiting for families.  We can receive further information about Missouri children but no one will send information to us about out of state children without a completed home study.  We are interested in adopting a sibling group so please join us in prayer that we will rest in God’s timing and have wisdom in preparing ourselves, our home, our schedules, and our family for the challenges in our future ministry to hurt children.

Room #2 has bunkbeds!

Room #2 has bunkbeds!

Taylor and I went to Overland Park Saturday morning and bought a set of solid wood bunk beds and mattresses ($450) for the second bedroom.  Brent set them up that afternoon with a little help from his wife. 
While Taylor and I were shopping for bunkbeds Brent took our Dachshund, Ruby, to Ark Animal Hospital for her required rabies vaccination ($58).
I am working on last week’s homework assignment, here are a couple of the questions:
Imagine that a child in your care is going to be reunited with his or her birth family.  Jot down your ideas about how you would help the transition. 
1.  How would you help the child understand why he or she is returning home?
2.  How would you help the child manage the loss of moving from your family?
3.  What would you do to help the child become attached or renew attachment to his or her family?
We are looking forward to this Thursday’s class where there will be a panel of foster care/adoption “experts” to learn from.  Saturday afternoon is our last home study visit!!  Please be praying for us there is quite a bit to get in place before then and this is a really busy week.

» Each year, an estimated 20,000 young people in the U.S. foster-care system turn 18 and are turned away from further support and services.

» What happens to young people who are removed from foster care after turning 18?

54% Earned a high school diploma
2% Obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher
51% Were unemployed
30% Had no health insurance
25% Had been homeless
30% Were receiving public assistance

» 30 percent of all U.S. homeless adults have spent time in the foster care system.

» 60 percent of young women had children within four years after leaving foster care.

From Cry of the Orphan

Well, Saturday, November 1st was our 28th wedding anniversary and we spent it working on the house and being interviewed for our Foster Care licensing home study.  Brent, Taylor, and I were each interviewed individually and asked about our parents, childhoods, hobbies and interests, education, schools we attended, etc.  We got a quick prescreening of the house for our physical standards and we still need to:  get the dog vaccinated, post the emergency numbers and fire escape plan on the refrigerator, get another carbon monoxide detector, and one more bunk bed.  Finish moving dressers around, make up all the beds, etc and be ready to show that we are ready to accept up to four children.  We are making progress!  She will be back on Saturday, November 15th for our last (if we pass) visit. 

Thursday night will be class number 8 out of 10 so we are counting down to the end!  We were excited to hear that class 9 is a panel discussion with current foster kids, parents, an adoption lawyer, and other experts that we can ask questions.

We were very excited to recently hear from another FCC family that is interested in adopting from foster care!!  Let’s hope this spreads like wildfire. 

Psalm 68:5-6a “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…” (NIV)

Ephesians 1:3-5 “How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.”

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I did it again, let the whole month go by without posting the monthly “update.”  Here you go!

Outside in Kansas City~It is an absolutely incredible autumn day in the 70’s with the leaves falling like crazy!

I am thinking~That it is getting dark way too early, and my husband must have gotten lost on the way home from picking up Taylor from work.

I am thankful for~The opportunity to spend the day with family at my house after church and have lots of baby holding time.  I am also thankful for my mom who cooked a turkey breast and stuffing for us all to enjoy.

In my kitchen~All the dishes from lunch are clean and ready to be put away!

I am wearing~Jeans, floral shirt and socks.

Last creative endeavor~ No time!

I am going~To go grocery shopping as soon as possible, refrigerator is getting bare.

Can’t wait for~ Completion of our Home Study for Foster Care.

Family News~Taylor turns 16 on the 16th and he is very excited about that.

Current Read~ Parenting the Hurt Child by Keck and Kupecky, The Connected Child by  Karyn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine, and lots of books about making the most of the space in small homes, storage ideas, children’s rooms, etc…

I am hearing~The sound of the ceiling fan and the computer.  I guess you can tell there is no one at home right now besides me.  In a few months I may dream of these quiet times.

I am hoping~To prepare for the holidays in a low stress manner keeping the “reason for the season” and proper priorities at the forefront.  While surfing for some tools I found: Happy Holiday Planner,  Ann’s Amazing Holiday Planner, Household Notebook, Big Holiday Planner from FlyLady.

Around the house~I am very excited about all that Brent and Taylor accomplished on Saturday.  They set up a captain’s bed downstairs in Taylor’s new room, tore out the “wet bar” that was in there taking up space, installed another light in my sub-basement laundry room, installed a big shelf in the garage, went to the store and got a piece of plywood cut for one of the bunks so now we have one complete bunk bed ready.  We still need another set of bunk beds and bunk bed mattresses for the other bedroom so please keep your eyes open for someone getting rid of a set.

Simple pleasure~I saw Fireproof with Brent and Taylor on Friday night and then went out to dinner, it was very enjoyable. I won’t say who but at least two of us cried at this movie, it is a good one to go support.

Plans for the weekend~More projects around the house.  Missions Emphasis Month starts at FCC.

The Abba Fund Blog  There are lots of great ideas here about how to finance your adoption and remember the cost to adopt from U. S. Foster Care is only $2,500 or even less.  There are 10,000 missouri children currently in foster care

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