Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Snow and lots if it!

We have well had our fair share of the fluffy white stuff this year! The kids have had a ball and get their energy out sledding, shoveling and building snow forts!

Ellie is joining in in the fun till her southern blood starts making her shiver...when she came she was starting to shed--no more of that now!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ellie is Home!

We picked her up from quarentine today hoping she works her magic on a sweet little hurting boy and then in turn the rest of our wonderful kiddos! Welcome Ellie!

Monday, February 10, 2014

When hearts are Hurting

Over the years as we have fostered kids who have walked through hard times in their lives, we have had to stick by them through some difficult times!  We've had littles ones who have suffered greatly by those who claim to love them, teenagers who are trying to find their way in a dis functional family, and those who have needed our family for a few days or some-for a life time.

These past few weeks have been difficult ones as one trigger after another has started our children on a roll of disregulation.  One child's memories have set off some of the others creating a snowball effect in our home. There have been difficult days and hours where we have had to come beside the ones rolling out of control as well as the ones they are effecting by their behaviors....despite our trials ...we have tried to find the lessons in these past two weeks and have looked to The Lord for answers.  As he promised, he has met us in our trials, we have learned some hard lessons of our hearts conditions as he refines us in the fire.

An amazing thing to watch is the forgiveness that has been given over and over by our precious 13 year old son.  Our son has walked through many things and has had some difficult times processing what happened to him early in his life. One of the first lessons we start teaching all kids who come here is about forgiveness and thankfully it is one he has learned well. As he was the target for one of his siblings, he has humbled himself over and over again. Even when reduced to tears over the events of the day, he has continued to offer forgiveness. As we look to the lessons to be learned, we are so thankful for his willingness to love his sibling through this difficult time!  We are grateful for his loving example.

As we begin to flush out the whys and what- fors and start building that illusive thing called trust...we will work past this difficult time knowing that we will have somehow all have grown through it. The fire has been hot but the hope lies in the gifts of refinement and rebuilding.

We recently studied thanksgiving and how we should give thanks in all things and have offered prayers of thanksgiving as our home has struggled. We have felt gratitude in dad's willingness to come along side us on a work day to help circle the wagons. We pray this soon will pass and are grateful that The Lord has kept us strog for this race and picked us up when we have stumbled. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ellie is on her way!

Just a few short weeks ago we lost our beloved shepherd of 10+ years. She was very sick. We grieved.

We didn't want another dog but watched our younger kids tumble everyday about another loss in their life.  Darrell gave me the go ahead to just see what kind of rescues were listed knowing we didn't want a puppy. We are shepherd lovers so that is where I started. After several days of searching, I stumbled on this sweet face. The rescue wrote more than the average comments on this sweet girl ...we knew she was ours!

We called the rescue and were told this kind of a dog is a rare gem and she was special! We did the paperwork, gave references and were called to tell us we passed al the tests...the catch? She was in Arkansas and we are in NH.

So yesterday, our sweet Ellie was loaded up in Little Rock to start the long journey to home. We were assured the transport company was the best. We will pick her up in Kittery tomorrow at noon and wisk her off to quarentine for 48 hours where she will be checked by our wonderful vet and his wife...we are excitedly waiting for Tuesday!