Monday, August 15, 2016

Season Shift

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.


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  1. I have missed your post! As a fellow foster/adoptive mom, I understand the struggle! God has a plan for these precious children and we are blessed to be a part of that plan. Prayers
    for a smooth transition for you and kiddos! Prayers for peace and strength for your friends as they face thier heartbreaking loss.

  2. Lovely Post! I know there are so many things you can't express or it would take such time. Ponderings from the Lord! Soon it will be chilly! ox

  3. You have a gift from the Lord to do this kind of work. I would probably be a basket-case. This comes from a man who tries being tough in emotional circumstances...yet that was before I had kids..... May Lord continue to sustain you as you know He will. :)

  4. So good to see a post from you! I have missed your posts but I also realize there is a time and season for everything. Life is continually offering growing experiences for each of us. Thanks for posting!

  5. Jane, so lovely to see your post today,
    The Lord is using you and your family, to impact on the life of this dear little one. However,that doesn't negate the emotional cost, of opening your family's heart and home.
    Thanks for idea of fresh food box, going to research in my area
    Hugs and blessing sent your way.

  6. Happy you posted and all is well, even if a bit busy and unpredictable. It seems strange to be worried about a person you do not know, but I have to say I truly have worried about you and your family when you didn't post anything for so long. Sorry for your friends loss, prayers will be said for them, and for your family as well. Thanks for the post.

  7. Nice to hear from you. I'm sorry about your friends' loss and I will hold them close in my heart and my prayers. Your unshakable faith, along with your calm, measured way of being, are a great inspiration to me.

  8. Jane, I've been following your blog and reading here for years and years. I just really admire what you are committed to in life and that you ARE committed to it. The joint vision of your homesteading and your foster caring is beautiful. I'm not sure if I'm called to either, but as a fellow believer, I just want to thank you for doing your part and being faithful. I know it's not romantic work in the day to day but I truly believe it is Kingdom work. Praying you have more and more peace and gratitude.


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