I know, I know…I have said numerous times to myself and aloud…this is the year I am going to get my act together and pay attention to my website and start blogging on a regular basis. Well, I mean it this time. I really do. Here’s a peek into where I’ve been.
Five years ago, my husband and I decided to take the necessary steps to become licensed foster parents. In June of 2013 we took in our first foster child. She was 7-weeks old. That day changed the direction of our lives and put my little home business, along with many hobbies and activities, on hold. Our family spent 4 years fostering multiple children. Some were reunified with relatives, and we adopted the two, who through no fault of their own, could not be reunified. Needless to say, the past 4+ years have challenged us in more ways than we ever thought were possible. These kids took priority over everything else.
With two adoptions finalized, and our foster journey complete, we have started taking the steps to “get back to normal”, if you will. Everyone in our house FINALLY has the same last name. That’s huge. We no longer have monthly visitations with bio family, caseworkers, GALs, court dates, specialist appointments…etc. It is freeing.
I never stopped sewing during our foster journey. It was my little piece of sanity in all of the chaos. When the kids’ cases hit a rough patch or court didn’t quite go the way I had hoped, I could go into my sewing room, work on a project, and leave the emotional rollercoaster for a bit. Now that I have stepped away from the rollercoaster, I am finding my way back to all of the things that I left behind. This blog and this website are two of them.
Please join me in my sewing adventures! There have been many over the years that no one has ever seen. I plan to blog a few times a week about my current projects, things I would like to do, and possibly a look at past projects that never made it into public light. Maybe you’ll even get a glimpse at my kids as they are often in and out of my room when I am working. (mostly looking for food, which isn’t allowed in there, so why do they keep asking?!) Stop by often, we’ll have a good time!
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