The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Four hours there -- Four hours back and our new children are placed.  The paperwork has the Googeg last name and they are home for good.

It was an emotional goodbye to an awesome foster family that loved these kids unselfishly for so long.

It was bittersweet all around, but we are happy to be home and happy to be TEN.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pre-School E-Book

I have recently been published in a new book on pre-school. It is published by The Old Schoolhouse magazine -- my favorite home school magazine. My article deals with formally educating your pre-schooler, but there are tons of other great articles included.

If you have a pre-schooler you might want to buy a copy.  Here's the link:

Pre-school e-book .

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In the Midst

I feel so caught in the midst of it all.

The Bible Bee competition is coming soon and we are completing our study, but I feel that we aren't particularly competition ready.

Jerome's brother is very ill, but half a world a way. The first thing we do every morning is pray for him and check the e-mail for updates. It weighs.

Our adoption is proceeding and we have 8 children in our home this week -- eight! I am still trying to say that without stuttering. Adding new children is always an adjustment for ALL involved and we are working our way through it. However, this is considered a visit. They will go back to their foster family and we will start adjusting again when they are placed for real.

School is looming. Our summer break has been longer than usual and it makes me antsy. To top it off, I haven't done any substantial planning. The kids aren't starting any new books right off, so we know where we are and how it works, but I would like a laid out plan.

Jerome is building a brand new room in our house (for Braydon) and it consumes all time at the house. It must if we are to finish it soon.

Our rental house is rented by a tentative tenant. We know they are leaving and the date is coming soon.

Now, this probably sounds like I just wrote my own pity party list. For each one of those items I could list blessing after blessing:

No, due to a lot of interesting family challenges we have not been as diligent with Bible Bee study as I am sure we could have been. However, we spent the entire summer inductively studying a chapter of the Bible together and memorizing verses. Amazing.

Jerome's brother is very ill, but we have truly experienced the peace of God that passes all understanding. We have prayed fervently and we hear that others have been meeting and praying together. We sincerely pray for his healing and for the will of God in his life, but we rejoice in the lifting of the Lord's name by so many.

Well, adoption, easy... how could two children not be a blessing. However, the sweetest sight has been watching my older children take on and love two new children. They have just opened their arms and brought them in.

School is coming, but the Lord is teaching me (Miss Chaos) how to develop priorities (nope I never got it!) Things are beginning to move forward -- in an appropriate time, as I learn to not stress over the undone, can't get done stuff and learn to just keep chugging on the next important thing.

Jerome is building a brand new room -- and it is time consuming. Watching him build it with Braydon and Ricky at his side -- tool belts and all is a precious thing. It will be an unforgettable time in their lives.

Our little house -- we always called it the education house -- because WOW we have received one extreme education by owning it. True, timing is short on this tenant, but the Lord has always provided and I can rest in that.

In the midst is a great "God-spot" to be. In the calm times of life, God is still there because we know he never changes, but we almost have to work hard to see him working because we are humming along. Not so the midst -- it's a busy, fast-paced place and God's hand is right out there everywhere you turn. I have been amazed at the things he is teaching me. Can you believe that he would time everything like this because he wants me to get something new? According to 1 Peter, God wants to perfect, stablish and strengthen me.
He is going to keep perfecting me, set my feet in stone and make me strong enough to take it.

I love verse John 20:19. This a great midst of it all verse. Jesus had been crucified and the disciples were huddled in a room scared out of their minds I am sure. If they had killed Jesus might they come for them? Why did Jesus die anyway? Where is their savior? The scripture says "...when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews..." They gathered themselves together and locked the doors.  And then..."came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."  He didn't call the disciples to step outside -- he stepped straight into their midst and declared peace.

Sometimes, I am just scared out of my mind too. Where is God in all of this? Why is he timing it this way? Why isn't he healing/fixing/delivering or just plain doin' it my way? I want to check out of everything on the calender lock my doors and stay home. And then, Jesus doesn't call me out of my list of midst - he just steps right into the middle of all and says "Peace be unto you."

In the midst of it all God is at work and God is declaring peace.

Monday, August 8, 2011

State Fair, Visit and Home Church

This whole summer has been so busy and eventful. Maybe it is what some would call a watershed summer. I know I am tired; but it is a good tired.

We started off another big weekend with the Ohio State Fair on Friday. We caravaned with another family two hours away to Columbus. Here we are circling the chairs to camp out for the judging. Riane and Braydon's shooting sports projects had made it to state.

15 minutes before their assigned times they must stand in a big line and sign in for judging.

Right away Riane was up and discussing the finer points of shotgun shooting with her judge.

Sometimes that wait for your judge can be long and lonely.

Finally, time to discuss the rifle.

They didn't win any special awards at State, but the experience was awesome.

When this official part was over we went to enjoy the rest of the fair. We walked through a lot of displays and even across the midway (interesting!).

We eventually ended up in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources section which was awesome.

We toured a log cabin.

Walked through a garden of Ohio Native Plants:

And were diggin' up bones:

We drove the two hours home so that early in the morning we could drive 4 hours to visit with our new children. We took a picnic to the park and spent the afternoon together. Unfortunately, there was a golf classic in town and no motels were available, so we drove the 4 hours back home.  The visit was wonderful and we can't wait to have our children with us forever. I will be protecting their privacy as best I can until all the legal t's are crossed -- so no pictures or names.  We will have a some visits at our house the next two weeks and then plan on a final placement the end of August. We are so excited!

After all that we were physically, and emotionally drained. We decided to spend the entire day at home on Sunday. Jerome chose a sermon video that we own and he set up the basement like our own home church.

You can see the framing on the right where Jerome and Braydon are building Braydon's new room. I couldn't believe how much rest we actually needed. 10 minute Mama slept a LOT on Sunday.

After all of this running Jerome and I were discussing the arrival of children #7 and #8. We looked at each other and knew that this is likely it. We are about to have a full family. We have started to exhale....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Timing is Everything

Timing lately is on my mind. We decided to do a few things this summer: National Bible Bee and 4H. This does not sound like a schedule that would boggle any one's mind, especially since all of the children are doing it together. However, Proverbs 16:9 says:

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

So, this has been the busiest summer on record. Jerome has a brother that is very ill, but halfway around the world.  We thank God for cell phones and e-mail. Our adoption process is flying and we will be visiting our new children again this week. Then we have visitation plans for two more weeks with a plan for final placement on August 23rd. Our kids did well in 4H and two made the state fair. We have hosted visitors, celebrated birthdays, gone to fun shoots, visited the local fair, and even made a camping trip out of our visit to our new kids. In the meantime -- two more kids are arriving. We need extra seats for our car, rooms and beds re-arranged and school planning has yet to be finished. Riane is entering her senior year of school and has begun looking into schedules for special trainings and passport applications.

I often wonder why God made the Bible Bee, 4H, adoption and family illness to all coincide, but I know this.. He has a plan and it is to glorify Him and produce righteousness in my life.

And.. the blog suffers, but rest assured it is not forgotten. Updates will come.