|Mary and #14 snuggling. #14 loved Mary. He wanted to hold her as much as I would let him.|
A couple weekends ago, we picked up 2 more foster children for respite (children #14 and 15,I believe), and Cheetah embarked on a 1 week journey with the church youth group, and . We briefly had all 3 foster children plus Mary at one time. Haha! We had to borrow a car just to be able to drive our whole family around! Eventually Chase and I are planning on buying a second vehicle, but for right now we are sharing 1 car (5 person capacity). We are trying to handle our finances Dave Ramsey-style, but it's very challenging! It would be so much easier with 2 cars now instead of saving and waiting to buy one...
|One of my favorite pictures from Tiger Paw Photography|
To help out our finances, I sell cards made from my artwork. I put aside money for these sales for fun and family stuff. I saved up enough for a family photo shoot, and I'm very excited about the pictures. Since Cheetah was out of town during this shoot, we scheduled a mini-shoot for September to include him in our family pictures. He was surprised to hear we wanted him to be a part of family pictures. I actually thought about this very thing, and decided that our family pictures will be of our family how it exists at that moment. That is obviously going to vary. It's a challenge to both make foster children part of your family, while remembering they are part of another family. They are mine, but they are not mine. I am raising another mother's pride and joy. I must never forget that. Just as I held Mary for the first time, and my heart overflowed with wonder and love...I'm sure my foster child's mother felt the same way at some point.
|My planner this week has a little help from some minions.|
In other news, I joined another creative endeavor. Since I don't have a computer, and I have a 7 month old baby...I don't have much time for scrapbooking! My good friend, Jen Wright Designs just opened a sticker shop on Etsy. She makes stickers to put in your planner. I love planners, and I love stickers! So I can't wait to combine the two loves for a prettier planner :)
Here's a link to the sticker shop: