Thursday, December 31, 2009

Can We Keep Her?

My 10 year old sister has been living with us since October 31st. Her placement with us was not planned nor was it because something good happened. It was because something bad happened. When we went to see her that day we had no idea that we would be taking her home that night to live with us. We never even considered not saying yes when we were asked to take care of her. She is my sister after all.
Monday I got a phone call out of the blue. Our caseworker called to let me know that on Tuesday January 5th, 2010 we would not just be going to court for a hearing. We would be going to court to sign papers giving us permanent custody of my sister.
It is hard to plan for the future of a child when you dont know how long they will live with you. We know now. We know that she will be with us forever. This is really a bittersweet time for us and for her. Our family has come through for us and accepted her like she was one of our children.
There are still hurdles to get through but at least we know that she is here for good and we can keep her!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Opryland Hotel


Sunday morning we took the kiddos out to Opryland Hotel to check out the decorations. I hate to admit that our boy had never been. He absolutely thought it was the coolest place evah! Of course I am still not sure why his nose is so red in this photo, but I will take what I can get when it comes to getting all 3 of them to look at me and smile!






Monday, December 21, 2009

Gingerbread Cookies= Yummy!







While the Daddy and I were at the grocery store we ran across some tubes of gingerbread cookie dough and decided what a fun time the kids would have decorating cookie so we got some. You see we would never be brave enough to make our own cookies from scratch! These were super easy and the kids had a great time decorating them...except for the boy who squirted some icing on his and quickly devoured it!...As you can see from the picture! The other picture is my plate of cookies. I think they turned out quite nice if I do say so myself!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Love these shots from the Christmas play!

These shots crack me up and if you look at them closely you can see why! My baby boy is front center with the plaid shirt and red vest doing exactly what he is supposed to but if you look around him at the other children there are so many fun things to see! Take for instance the little boy running around in the corner adn the little girl getting her Satna hat pulled over her eyes...oh and lets not forget the little guy about to cry!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009