Saturday, April 25, 2015

Jesus Brings Hope - Our Foster Journey Placement

March 11, 2015 our little foster baby was born and hope entered the world. He brings to us a message of Christ's love  and purpose for all mankind. His mother chose life and for this very reason I know that in her own way loves him deeply.

I headed to Houston on March 12th -  the 17th "met you" anniversary for my husband and I. My husband sent me off with a kiss - off to deliver a huge part of my past. Little did I know our future dreams were about to begin. I was headed to Houston to deliver 8 years of payroll files to our payroll office and to say good-bye to many friends who have battled along side me through the ups and downs of  company life - my job of 17 years was about to be handed over in boxes to be scanned and destroyed, it was very depressing! The files delivered, we ladies went out for a farewell dinner and then I headed to a co-workers home to spend the night.

I  went to bed frustrated,  we had been licensed for a foster child since the end of January. I was beginning to loose hope in the plan that I felt the Lord had given to us - looking back now that  seems so silly to my impatient spirit!. I prayed and God reminded me to be patient. I was a bit ashamed of my impatience and confessed this to the Lord. This  was my last full nights rest as of the typing of this post. I wish I had known and enjoyed it more!

March 13 I awoke and  grabbed my Starbucks coffee and headed back to my anxiously awaiting family who were finishing up their last days on Spring Break. I arrived home at 2:00 pm and had just brought my bag into the house and was catching up on the past 24 hours, when my phone rang. I answered and it was our agency, they wanted to know if we wanted to take custody of a 2 day old preemie who was 5 lbs, 4oz. I smiled at John, ran it quickly by him and said yes! We were then suppose to wait for CPS to select a family which we were told could take an hour or so. However, 5 minutes later our agency called and said CPS accepted our placement!

I ran around the house - all 40 weeks of nesting completed in just 2 hours!  We all pitched in and the house was spotless - the wait was short - a mere two 1/2 hours from the phone call and we had a newborn baby dropped off at our home, it was very surreal.

At 4:00 our agency arrived and we signed paperwork and then at 4:30, fresh from the hospital our little man arrived - hospital bracelet and a newborn outfit that he swam in. . He was so tiny and looked so frail - his skin was pale and wrinkly - but we were all in love. I immediately fed him a bottle and  tried to get as much background on him as possible.

The whole process was over by 5:00 and we were left with a newborn baby. It  was a quick delivery! We all sat in the living room -  all 6 of us; trying to process what had just taken place. There was a lot of silence and smiles and kids who were very curious.

It has been quite the whirl wind ever since, just 6 weeks we have had him, yet he fits right into our family.  Our little A. man is up to 8.6 pounds and is growing and gaining and thriving.

We learned later that the lady who wrote our home-study remembered us when making placements and requested us specifically. The timing was amazing, John was home on Spring Break, both of Abby's surgeries were done and I had just completed my last work trip.God's plans are always perfectly  timed.

I'm so excited to see what a family of 6 entails!

This little boy brings hope - my prayers over him these last 6 weeks have been:

Lord - may he bring healing to his home, a light to the darkness.
- May he follow you all the days of his life.
- May he be anointed with joy and resilience
- May he bring hope and peace to the lost people in his life
- May he know the joy of salvation and walk in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.

Lord watch over this little miracle of a child,  may he bring hope to all who meet him.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Williams Homeschooling Mission Statement

Why did we choose to homeschool? I receive this question all the time. I received it a lot more 5 years ago, before the homeschool movement had inundated the area in which I live. I thought about this question a lot, there are a ton of reasons so I decided to write down our mission statement back in 2010  when my kids were tiny and I started teaching my first child at home. You see, I knew the days would be long and the journey hard. I am constantly reminded that the divine things in life are hard and produce perseverance, which leads to great gains;  marriage, child raising, college, discipline, spiritual life, etc to name but a few.

Romans 5:1-4
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And web boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

  • ...because I love being with my children, being with them all day means the corrections I make into their lives are more readily excepted because they have been with me all day and their hearts are receptive to my instruction. If they run off to school, they would be at school more hours than with their momma.
  • ... because crazy schedules and busy days make me anxious and grouchy.
  • ... because doing homework after 8 hours of school seems insane and I wonder when they get to be kids and play outside and use their imaginations?
  • ... because my kids try my patience and shape and change me as a believer and that makes me a better mother. Not more "me" time or break time, its the pressure that refines me most days.
  • ... because I want to plan what they learn and see the progress, I want to slow down and speed up based on the child's gifted'ness and struggles. No child walks or talks or crawls on cue to a schedule, nor does a child learn to read, write or memorize.
  • ... because I care more about my children's character than their intelligence  and character is forged at home with a loving parent who instructs and guides and prays for wisdom.
  • ... because my Faith in Jesus is a significant part of my life and I want my kids to see that lived out - the great and the ugly. I want them to hear me ask for forgiveness and hear me pray for more patience. I also want to start the morning in prayer and bible and not rush off to an institution that doesn't enforce my core beliefs.
  • ... because I'm not a morning person and the idea of waking my kids up at 6:00 am just sounds like torture! Call me selfish or lazy -  I don't mind, I love my sleep and I'm a better mother because of it!
  • ... because my children are uniquely designed and therefore need unique learning opportunities.
  • ... because life is short and I only get to be a mom for a few decades, I don't want to miss a thing!
  • ... because I hate making lunches and school food is full of crap, harmful additives that I don't want my children to consume. 
  • ... because I think that heading to the Zoo is just as valuable, if not more so, than sitting at a desk.
  • ... because children learn by moving and wiggling and asking a bazillion questions - something an institution isn't capable of managing with 20-30 kids per class and is often annoyed at.
  • ... because testing produces anxiety and is a horrible way of evaluating the intelligence of children - especially in the younger grades.
  • ... because schools are all geared towards instructing girls and do not recognize that boys and girls are not created the same and do not learn the same ways (Read: Why Gender Matters). Since I have two boys - it didn't seem very logical to me to send them off to receive a feminized education.
  • ... because no teacher is committed to the success of my children, more than I am!
  • ... because I am made of flesh and I am very selfish when left to my own devices, I know if my kids were off at school all day I would waste my hours away and loose focus on the ideals God has set in my heart for our family.
  • ... because God has called me to homeschool since Drew was just a tiny little baby - something that wasn't very popular. God always directs me to His perfect plan and I learned a long time ago that obedience produces great faith and blessing.
  • ... because it never felt natural to me to send them to a bus stop or drop them off at school  5 days a week.
  • ... because family is important and I want my children to love one another - to be united and a team - homeschooling naturally produces this environment.
  • ... because  I am blessed with a husband and a job that also support this lifestyle. I also live in a great state that has a lot of like minded homeschooling moms.
 So, on the next homeschool day that brings me to the brink -- I will read my words - written while fully awake (12am to be exact) and having been well fed - an encouragement to my weary body to never give up, to not grow weary of doing good, and that refinement and perseverance produce their desired results. 

Also - remember to smile Momma  - its contagious!