On the Needles

I’ve been working on knitting up my stash before our cross country move.  I don’t want to move more than I have to so I’m only allowing myself to move the yarn for 5 or fewer projects.

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I knit up this sweet size 1 plain vest from Pickles (I might be completely obsessed with Pickles patterns…) in one evening but haven’t been able to find the perfect buttons for it yet. Maybe hot pink?  I can’t wait to make a larger size for my 7 year old!

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Right now I’m working on this fun Drops poncho in sea foam green.  While I’m not enchanted by the pattern, I do love working with this color- it’s soothing.


Christmas Miracles

Our children are our Christmas miracles.

Christmas 2011~ our sweet babies were placed in our home a few short weeks before Christmas.  Absolutely the best Christmas gift we have ever received.

Christmas 2012~ after a lengthy trial, we nearly had our children removed (against their wishes) and placed with one of their biological family members on Christmas Eve.  But for their own safety and happiness the judge ruled to keep them in our home and allow us to begin the process of adopting them!

Christmas 2013~ this year, after a lengthy appeals process, the appellate judge ruled to uphold the court’s decision to have us adopt our children, the last thing we needed to be able to set a date to finalize their adoption!  The Princess has been asking to ‘be adopted and stay with us forever’ since mere months after being placed in our home. This is truly a dream come true for her and we’re so excited that this dream will be realized soon.

They truly are our Christmas blessings each day.

But none of this compares to the gift of a Savior, born to save us and renew us to  a right relationship with our Creator. For he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Is. 53:5).

So rejoice this day, knowing that the Prince of Peace has come and that He is restoring all things!


Love Tree

The name of this blog was born out of a conversation with another foster adoptive mom.  We were discussing the unique challenge of family tree assignments that most children are required to complete in elementary school.

For an adoptive child, this is such a confusing task- how do they complete it for their forever family when that does not begin to encapsulate fully who they are- their entire story?  Completing it for their biological family isn’t sufficient either- it neglects to acknowledge the lasting impact a loving, stable adoptive home provides

For a foster family, this issue becomes even more complex as children come and go. Some remain in the home for a brief time before moving on while others get to become a part of the family forever. Each foster child usually has multiple homes that have impacted their view of family- biological parents, many have stayed with extended biological family members for a time, previous foster families, an adoptive home.

As we fleshed out the challenges our children face, it amazed us at the complexities their little minds have to process, just to do a simple family tree project.

From that conversation, I determined that I wanted to forgo the ‘family tree’ assignments and instead create a ‘Love Tree’.  Because however they come to us, our family is generated by Love, and that’s the strongest element of Family.