City Pres Goes to the Martin Park Nature Center


Several families from church gathered together today at the Martin Park Nature Center and it was so much fun. And so close to my house. I can’t believe I’ve never been before! We will definitely be going back, in spite of the fact that two ticks came home with us and we’ve all felt like we’ve been crawling with them ever since..



(There used to be a photo here of cows behind a fence )

Is it the cows who are fenced in here or is it simply that I’m the one kept from them by way of this chain link barrier?

Perspective, right? Every side has two stories? Every song more than one verse?

There is a court appointment this week that could have major bearing on the near future (and ultimately FUTURE future) of our boys. One option is that they go back to live with the parent they’ve already been removed from multiple times. This is the option the case worker is pushing for. The other option is that they continue to stay with us in a state of “emergency” care indefinitely. Why emergency care? Because there are no long term foster families willing to take two preschool age boys. Period.

I can weigh the pros and cons of every scenario. Ideally, do we want these kids to be with their biological parent? In a perfect world, yes. Based on the information I’ve been given over the past 3+ months this does not seem like a wise decision. But then our experience with DHS this year hasn’t led us to believe that wisdom is a card they play that often.

Ideally, should WE keep them indefinitely? In a perfect world, yes. Because we should. But there is a reason there are no long term foster families willing to take two preschool age boys – preschool age boys are a boatload of work. Times 2. And we’re growing a bit on the weary side, while simultaneously praying God would give us a heavenly dose of 5-hour energy and love for these boys that would transcend our own personal desires.

Ideally, should these boys be taken in by a long-term family? In a perfect world, yes. But as we all know we don’t live in a perfect world.

When you are an emergency care family, you get really used to believing your kids are going to get transferred at any given moment. So when the boys came, I never in a zillion years (ie: 3+ months) thought they would still be with us come summer. When you think kids are going to get moved at any moment, you just don’t really make long-term plans for them.

When the family who was planning to take them changed their plans a few weeks ago, we had to quickly wrap our brains around the idea that these boys could really be with us for a while. In an effort to help with this, I made myself acquainted with the local public school and got the oldest officially enrolled in kindergarten for the fall. I made contact with a preschool for the younger one and am crossing my fingers and praying like mad this preschool will take him for the summer too.

So I made plans. And two days after doing so I found out they might end up back home by mid-June.

Because that’s what happens with this gig. Either you don’t make plans and they are with you forever or you do make plans and they are never fulfilled.

And in the end who really knows what the best path is here? I’m on one side of the fence just trying to figure it all out.

Bird Nest

Bird Nest in MailboxI noticed the beginning of this just yesterday – a bird flew out of the mailbox and it had a twig in its beak. I glanced inside the box and noticed a few leaves and twigs that weren’t there before, but not very many and I thought maybe the bird was beginning to build a nest there but figured it would figure out pretty soon that that area gets too much traffic and move on.

Today Millie pulled the mail out of the box and with it came a pretty large handful of leaves. I went over again and noticed a significantly larger amount of twigs and leaves lining the bottom of the box.

This bird means business.

What am I to do here? Either I need to clean this out in a hurry so the bird gets the message to build elsewhere, or I need to put a sign on the mailbox explaining what’s going on and leave a basket for the mail below. Part of me wants to avoid the hassle and just clean it out and part of me is really super interested in seeing how this whole thing goes down.

So. What would you do here?

Swimming Fun and our Summer Fitness Challenge

Summer SwimmingWe’ve had our pool up and going for two weeks now and it’s proven to be just as much fun this year as it was last year, so WHEW on that. Yay for a pool in the backyard, even if it is one like this. Still keeps kids cool even if it isn’t a $30K fancy schmancy saltwater pool complete with gurgling fountain and tanned cabana boy, but I digress.

In other news, I told the girls that if they did 30 minutes of exercise a minimum of 4 times a week every single week this summer I would take them to Great Wolf Lodge right before school starts back up in August. They. Are. Motivated. Granted, we’re on day 2. But I’m in the market for a discount stay at Great Wolf Lodge in either Grapevine, TX or Kansas City, so if the Grouponers and Living Socialites among you happen to see a deal be sure to let me know. I got burned out on the deal emails and unsubscribed to a bunch of them a while ago…

I’m committed to doing the same regimen with the girls, though. Tonight I was prepping to do Zumba Fitness Core for the Wii and just as the dumb thing was about to start, one of my kids accidentally hit me in the head HARD with a broom handle. So. I had to leave the room for a little while and I will say that I sort of cried a little too and then I didn’t want to do Zumba Fitness Core for the Wii anymore. Instead I decided to run outside by myself. In the dark. At 9:30. So I started and I made it .44 of a mile before the lightning and the barking dogs and the thoughts of aliens in the dark got the better of me and I came back in the house and ate a cookie.

The end.

Oz, the Great and Super Tired

Oz the Great and Powerful
I got talked into the 9:40pm showing of Oz, the Great and Powerful at the $2 theater tonight. As it turned out, it was actually in 3D which made it the $4 theater, but all in all, it was a pretty good movie to see in 3D and we all liked it. Now we’re just super tired.


Amended Schedule

Testing at the Library
Well, it seems the lives of everyone in our area are necessarily disrupted to some extent. Ours is by no means devastated, but there are certainly adjustments to be made. Our central grammar school is now simply over for the year which is a sadness to Katie and Millie, though they understand. Our upper school still needs to finish final exams, which is a sadness to Maddie and Chloe. Just kidding… The good thing about our blended model school is that we know how to compensate here. The kids had taken two exams last Friday. Two were given to us to proctor from home and they will finish their remaining ones in one final day on campus this Thursday.

So here we were, being all studious at the library. Whatever happened to, “Shhhh! This is a library?” No study rooms and no expectation of quiet to be found anywhere. Ah, well, we managed.