The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Process of Adoption

Having announced that our family is actively pursuing another adoption has been met with varied responses. All positive! For Jerome and I, this had been a good year of discussion, prayer, consideration... before we really arrived at the place where we both felt that God's call was to step out and start another process. We prayerfully hope that it ends up in more little Googeg's.

I was a little circumspect about telling people that we were signing up to potentially have 8 children. This after I already received my bifocals -- I am not a young mama. Mostly I get questions about the process.

I will tell you what the process is .... paperwork. It is a whole lot of paperwork. It started with the initial brief application to the agency, then the application for a home study grant, we moved on to the Child Placement Application and I was told today that another packet of forms was being mailed out. Sometimes, it is even re-doing paperwork. We had left a couple of small boxes blank on our Child Placement Application and couldn't get the PDF file for the signature page to print. The whole application got sent back for me to re-do and gather original signatures. Having been through this process before, I imagine the soon to be sent paperwork involves Mom and Dad biographies to be written, requests for background checks and fire safety checkoff sheets for a fireman to perform. We will have to have water from our septic tank checked. We may have to ask others for letters of reference.

Once some paperwork is flowing we will be visited by an adoption assessor who will ultimately write our home study and (new this time!) a large family assessment. Concurrently, we will begin training classes. We may have the opportunity to waive some of our training simply based on our experiences and because we aren't accepting foster children placements. However, we were told that everyone is absolutely required to attend the Cultural Diversity class.

Once all of these items are written and gathered and training classes are completed we will, hopefully, enter the arena where we will be matched with kids in the foster care system, legally freed for adoption and needing a home like ours.

That's the process in a nutshell. Just imagine --this time we don't have to deal with immigration and foreign governments!

Basically, we are buckled in for another adventure with the Tribe.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Breadmaking Adventure

A gracious friend lent us a hand mill and gave us some wheat, rye and millet. How blessed -- we just happened to be studying a nutrition unit in school, on that specifically outline the benefits of bread baked from freshly milled grain.

 Milling was a little bit of a work out. But it was lots of fun too -- especially if you are an energetic boy.

Well, my squatty little loves! I couldn't decide how much to put in the pan. I believe we should have yielded closer to two loaves. What a shame, because the dough had two awesome rises and baked well.

So... even with my error how did it taste?



A good project.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Home School Life

The toughest job you will ever love. I hear that quote all the time about a lot of different professions. As corny as it sounds, home school Mom has to top the list of deserving that line. I LOVE homeschooling -- always have. I don't how you could do it if you didn't love it.  But tough... It can be the toughest thing I have ever done. First of all, those students that fought all the way through the day, don't go home, they ARE home. The job isn't teaching. It's teaching, facilitating when their older, curriculum planning and purchasing, discipline, conferences with the principal, conflict negotiation AND responsibility for maintaining the facility as well as meal planning and preparation.

One of the great gifts that come from homeschooling is time. We have time to spend with God every day as a whole family together. If one of us is struggling there is time to pull aside for talking it out, praying it out and hugging our way through it. Time for us to learn how to live with one another. Varying personalities, ages, bents and issues, we aren't going anywhere so we have to figure out how to get along. Time to work. We are all home all day, the house takes more wear and tear and no one can just sit by and let someone else work. We all benefit from the service we are called upon to share.

I will never regret homeschooling. We share some mundane times, some frustrating times and even, angry times. Ah, but there's the key we share them.

Even some funny times, which have us laughing out loud -- here's few:

Riane: Learning Latin has been quoting verb conjugations. Amabo, Amabat, Amabant
Braydon: "Yeah, I can speak Latin to: I'm a boo, I'm a bat, I'm a bum."

Jerome is very choosy about how many holes get put in the wall, especially since our house is covered in so much wallpaper. We don't hang anything without consulting him first. Riane's response: "Ah, Dad, Life is short, drive the nail."

Of course, Homeschooling gives kids a REAL picture of their parents as Ricky noticed, "You don't know your pecks and bushels!!??"

He also got a peek at someone else's handwriting while I was grading, "Wow, it must be a chore to read her papers."

As with most aspects of mothering, I say homeschooling is worth every tear.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Pictures

I promised to follow my last post with some pictures and here they are:

We got to spend some time hanging out with our niece and nephew.

I was really brave and tried to put locs in Mary's hair. This picture below shows how tiny I braided all of her hair. It took me forever and eventually we considered it a failed project. A little disappointing for both of us, but I sure did learn a lot in the process. Many things that I needed to improve upon in the care of her hair type. The best website / blog I found is called Keep Me Curly. It has helped me immensely!

On Labor Day we visited a local lake with our family. This lake does not allow any motorized water craft. It made for an awesome day.

Jerome was the master chef!

Mary, Adela, Ricky and Wokelle took swimming lessons. My camera kept dying, but I was able to catch this photo. The older three have passed enough that they won't be needing anymore lessons. Wokelle improved so much. They even had him diving off the side. If he would just swim on top of the water...

We made it to a local library sale and had a wonderful time spending money. Can't say that very often! For $12 each I ended up with solid wood chairs for our homeschool area instead of these rather worn-out office chairs we desperately needed to get rid of.

We also snagged two computers. We still need to hook them up and see how they work, but $5 is pretty good.

Braydon is a full-blown teenager now. Which means he eats, plays guitar, eats, sleeps, eats, plays basketball, eats, sleeps and it starts over again tomorrow.

Riane, Braydon and Mary were involved in our church's youth Sunday. One of Riane's contributions was sewing this tiger puppet with no instructions!

As you can see, life this summer has been full and exciting.

Just a note of coming attractions. The Tribe has prayerfully decided to enter the adoption ring again. We have chosen an agency and started the paperwork -- the adventure continues.....