My kiddos and I (along with my sister and her kids) went to the Body Worlds Vital exhibit and the Human Body IMAX movie at Kentucky Science Center this week. I found it quite interesting, but not worth the price. However, I do freely admit that I am very tight with my money. My children weren’t really impressed, they are only 7 & 4. While she did ask questions and actually look at the bodies, the 7 year old was rather unimpressed. The 4 year old left before we were done to go play.
The movie was a bit ‘old’ for the kids as well. I knew the 4 year old would be lost, but thought he might actually learn something. Instead he hid from the screen and fell asleep in the seat. I grew a bit concerned when the movie began discussing puberty (a glossed over few minutes) and that sperm fertilizes the egg to make a baby. Thankfully no mention was made as to how the sperm gets to the egg or where it came from.
What would have made the exhibit better is if they had ‘experts’ walking around to give information instead of having to read the sign for each one. My daughter still had questions I could not answer and it would have been nice to have someone (with a clue about the human body) talk us through what we were seeing.
The bodies are real. The males …um,… look like males. I was informed at each male that, “This one’s a boy.”
I know I’ve been away for quite a while. Life seems to get in the way of blogging. The holidays get busier and crazier every year. The main reason I’ve been absent however is that shortly after I completed my CPR certification (the very last thing I needed to complete for Step 3) DH told me he was having second thoughts about Fostering.
To be honest, I knew this was coming, but pretended that he’d come along once he knew he was the one holding up the process. He hadn’t completed most of his portion of the paperwork or other items in order to move on in the process. Maybe he was just too busy. He didn’t want anyone knowing we were getting licensed. I rationalized that he was just a private person and didn’t want everyone in our business.
Knowing my husband and not wanting to proceed if he is not willing, I’ve left him to his thoughts on the matter. It has been difficult not bringing it up, but I don’t want to pressure him. I’ve had many questions and doubts during the last couple of months. Does this mean we aren’t going to adopt? Is this God’s way of saying I’m following my plan not His?
Much to my own surprise, I’ve come to a place of acceptance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up. It’s become clear that I need to be content with the life I’ve been given and not spend my time whining and sulking about things not going at the pace or way I wanted.
I have been blessed with two healthy, beautiful, fun-loving children. My husband loves me and provides for me in a way that allows me to have my dream job of being a SAHM. Our home is safe and (mostly) happy. God is an ever-present part of my life.
I’d appreciate prayers that I remain focused on God’s plan as I know he can and will do the rest.
What happened to the days of rummaging through closets and dress-up clothes to determine what you were going to be for Halloween? I have become increasingly aware of costumes following the trend of other clothes styles. That’s the nicest I can put it. What I really mean is that Adults, Teens and even Kids costumes are getting so revealing that I’m embarrassed for them! My daughter is 7 and after attending a recent Halloween party I’m going to have to explain the word ‘sexy’ and discuss some of the ADULTS costumes. I’ll admit I’m on the conservative side on clothing issues (and many others), but fish-net stockings with miniskirts or daisy dukes do not belong around children!
It just really saddens me when I see a mom dress inappropriately (by my strict standards) and see her daughter start to follow suit.
RAPT III class completed! The day didn’t start out so well. Hubby told the sitter to be at our house at 8:30am. Sitter showed up just under 10 minutes late. Unfortunately it takes a little over 30 minutes to get there and the class was set to start at 9am. We made good time getting there as it was a Saturday and not much traffic. However once we got the building all the doors were locked. Hubby rang the buzzer, knocked on the window and we even turned the light switch on and off several times. Finally an employee happened by and let us into the building.
The class itself went well. It went over some more of the basic information that is required of a Foster Family. Most of the other attendees were there to get license to help a family member and many were eager to share their story. Because of this, the class ran a little long, but not too bad.
We were not given any further instructions, so I think all that remains for us to do is complete the pile of paperwork and additional activities.
I need to vent here today. Why is it that a homeschooling parent or SAHM is not allowed to have a bad day? Maybe I’m alone in this, but there have been many days over the last 7 years where my bad day has only been made worse by people who just don’t get it.
When someone who works outside the home says they’ve had a bad day, no one thinks twice about it. No one tells them to quit their job. Many even give them a little break and try to be extra nice to them. We may even offer to listen while they vent about their rough day.
But if a SAHM or a homeschooling parent says the same thing, people ask why they do it or suggest you send your kid to public school. Some even go a step farther and wonder aloud how ‘just staying home’ could be all that bad.
I am happy with my choice to be a SAHM and to home school my kiddos. That does not mean that every day will be wonderful. Like everyone else, we sometimes have a bad day and just want to vent a little.
I was blessed this past weekend to be included in a retreat with some homeschooling mommies. The retreat was located in Martinsville, IN at Shepherds Gate Inn (I’ve listed a link below). Since hubby and kids were going to be in the same area that weekend it made the decision to participate an easy one.
When I first arrived, my nerves threatened to take over. I’m not good at doing new things or meeting new people. This retreat would entail both. Some of the ladies I already knew, but others I did not. As a ‘baby Christian’, I was nervous about looking foolish in front of these Godly women.
All of the wonderful women made me feel at ease as part of the group. None of them gave even the slightest hint of judgement of me or my journey as a Christian, just the opposite was true. They all strove to help me. The staff at Shepherd’s Gate Inn were delightfully welcoming. I quickly began to relax and enjoy just being in the moment.
As is expected when a group of women get together, there was a lot of talking, a little crafting, but mostly our time was spent working on our relationship with the Lord. I learned a lot about myself and my relationships, both with my family and with God. As trite as it sounds, I truly feel changed by this awesome weekend.
If you are a Christian and seek to deepen your relationship with God, I urge you to look into spending some time at Shepherd’s Gate Inn. You will not regret it. If you’re not able to get to them, I ask that you pray for their wonderful ministry so others can benefit from what they offer.
Shortly after attending the RAPT 1 class, I received an email providing me with a link and directions on how to sign up for the RAPT 2, online course. It’s completely online and can be paused or stopped as needed. Throughout the day yesterday I worked on getting the course finished, and succeeded. However, the certificate can not be issued and training hours logged until we have both completed the online hours.
Also in the above mentioned email, was a link to schedule the RAPT 3 class. We are set to take this one in about a week and a half. There are only two classes each month, so we were stuck with when they had one available.
The level 1 class was scheduled for 3 hours and both of us had to attend this as well. Speaking honestly, both my husband and I assumed it would be boring and torturous. The class began quite slowly and seemed to be exactly what we expected. Thankfully it progressed somewhat quickly and was informative. The staff distributed booklets to allow each family to follow along during the meeting and to reference at home if needed. As a whole, the class opted to skip our breaks thereby cutting the time down to two and a half hours. 🙂
A lot of important and interesting information was provided and I’m glad we attended (not that we had a choice).
The next step would be 4 hours of online training.
This step will be drawn out a bit, so I’ll have to update you as it progresses by leaving a comment.
I went through the packet of documents and ‘extra’ activities required list that was given to us at the initial home visit and made a spreadsheet. As I completed and scanned/emailed the document to the manager, I documented it on my sheet. This serves two purposes. One I will know what we have and have not completed and two I can make sure that the manager and I stay on the same page (I sent her the spreadsheet with my notes too). I’m not sure if she found it helpful or insulting. LOL
Some items were pretty easy to gather and send it (ie car registrations and insurance), others we’re still working on. All the quick easy items are sent in and confirmed that she has them. The more extensive items are a work in progress.
I’ve had a few more items ready for a few weeks, but my scanner won’t work because I ran out of ink. Hubby bought more ink, so I should be able to get those in to her in the next few days. Should being the key word there!
Once the papers provided at the information meeting, which include a general application and background check forms, to the assigned manager, the process has officially begun! In our case, it took about 3 weeks to get a call saying that our background checks were successful and to schedule an initial home visit (not to be confused with a home study).
Since both spouses are required at the initial home visit, we scheduled our visit for an evening. Our assigned manager came to our home for the visit. She was reassuring that the initial visit was just to give us (and them) a general idea of the conditions the foster child(ren) would be living in. They have requirements on the amount of space each child in foster care receives in a foster home. We walked through our home looking at every room. She made notes and comments (such as the need for medicine to be stored higher, each child needs their own bed, etc) as we went.
She asked us a few general questions and provided us with a packet of additional documentation to complete. Within these papers were instructions on getting fingerprinted, CPR certified, and a few other ‘extra’ tasks we’d need to complete for licensing. Just before she left we agreed on which of the available level 1 classes we’d like to sign up for and attend.
The level 1 class was scheduled for 3 hours and both of us had to attend this as well.