I've been meaning to write this post for weeks. Instead, I've be continuously thinking of and reeling from a tragedy that some dear friends are living through. Their sweet 4-month old baby boy passed away. Please remember them in your prayers as they and their little girl grieve this enormous loss. Thank you.
I'm still here (more or less).
The past couple months have flown by in a blur of baby and kid care, cooking from CSA boxes, trying to stay cool, birth family visits, a week of vacation, lesson planning, and day to day summer life.
In one week, we will start school as best as we can. I recently read an article encouraging homeschool moms to think of their plans as "guesses". I needed that. Life is unpredictable and I am forever learning that I can't hold so tightly to my neatly structured plans. Naps, appointments and feeding schedules are sure to change. Lord, help me flex with them.
A summer without a huge garden of produce was, to be honest, so very nice. Tomatoes came pouring in from our garden last week and I managed a large batch of canned, chopped tomatoes and a batch of tomato soup with one more go at soup planned for this week. Thankfully, I have enough tomato sauce from last year to carry us over.
Since this was our first experience with a CSA (a full share) I wasn't sure what to expect. Several people told us they found themselves trying new recipes to use up produce they usually don't buy. I don't think I tried one new recipe. Instead we roasted or ate fresh almost every single item. It was a breeze...and so delicious. If you don't have the space or time to garden, I highly recommend you look into a CSA.
The little boy with us is 8 months old already. He is happy and healthy- a real joy. It appears he will be with us for awhile yet. Where he goes from here is still uncertain. We welcome prayers for his sweet life and those who will care for him next.
I've missed writing here. I've started a million blog posts in my mind these past few months- many about foster care. The feelings and ideas are so hard to put into words- too complex and fragile all at the same time. Maybe one day I can put these stories down. For now, we live them out and do the very best we can with God's grace and strength holding us up.
September, ready or not, here we come! Blessings to each of you as you make the transition, too.