Day Nine, Family of Nine

It seems that everyone is adjusting well to the new arrangements.  Four biological kids, three foster kids, and two adults make for a busy household! Thankfully the kids get along very well.  The four are modeling the routines and expectations for the three, so that is incredibly helpful.

There are some practical things that we anticipated would be an issue:

  • Hot water–we have to wait for water to heat up between showers
  • Shower availability–only one shower in the house is functional right now
  • Laundry–Nine people wearing an outfit and pj’s each day, plus bedding, towels and B’s gym clothes…yikes!

But, hey, if this is all we’re worried about–no big whoop! Nothing that a new water heater, repaired shower, and an additional washer/dryer set won’t fix!  In the meantime we are trying to make sure that we are showing Christ’s love in what we’re doing.  Teaching all seven love, gratitude, and kindness.

And how am I doing?  I’m tired, but joyful.  There is so much happiness in the house, it gives me energy when I’m running on fumes!  A generous amount of coffee doesn’t hurt, either!

Self Care

As a school counselor I know that when I take a little time to care for myself I’m better able to care for others.  It’s a pretty simple concept, but not always so easy to implement.  We get busy.  There is a to do list–or multiple to do lists–and we get pushed to the bottom.  Well, today I took time to have breakfast with my friend, Molly, and then we got our nails done.  Now, this is something that I seldom take the time or money to do.  But after just a couple of hours away I feel refreshed.  I am meeting the challenges of the day with a smile.  Make sure that every once in a while you take the time to do something that makes you feel special.  Not only will you benefit from it, but the people in your life will benefit from it as well.