Sunday, April 15, 2007


The last work day of spring break came and went. Olivia asked to stay home and "help" again so I let her. Our new appliances went in Thursday and look great! The kitchen is almost all the way painted. I'll post before and afters when it's done. I can't believe how much edging there is. Yuck! The person installing the dishwasher - where there wasn't already one - also installed my garbage disposal because he happened to see the box, and fixed the basement light that wasn't working, so he could see to run electric. So excited!!!

Instead of "working" Friday I decided Olivia and I would take the "day off". We went thrift store shopping! There are some great ones 30-70 min north of us. We went to one of the farther ones and lucked out on a GREAT day. We were there almost three hours!!! I got a bag of stuff for our day care provider who asked we look for items for the new little one, and some pants for her three year old. I found LOTS for Olivia where I usually don't. One of the best buys was the coolest Tommy two piece swimsuit with reversible top, for 75 CENTS! Love it! It looks so cute on her! Olivia helped look, and while she usually says how beautiful some of the most hideous dresses are, she found a great sweatshirt this time. It's from Disney Store. It's pink and has three princesses embroidered on it. It's a 4, she's getting into 6s, so I didn't think it would fit, but it looked big so I had her put it on over her shirt to see. It was perfect! We also got a bunch for Braeden and a few things for Little One. He doesn't need much since he's the same size/season as Braeden was. I did find a great Gymboree sweater from one season ago for him. It had a few stains, but I had a feeling they would come out, and they did! It looks brand new!

Friday evening Little One's developmental therapist came and said she couldn't believe how much he was imitating. He has really increased in this area lately. He repeats "woof, woof" and other things. He is smiling like crazy. He hands things to people now. So neat. Our caseworker came for his visit during therapy and he too said he couldn't get over the changes in him. He said Little One just seems so happy all the time now.

My friend J and I then got some very interesting information which we will be trying like crazy to confirm or deny this week, hopefully tomorrow. Through "sources" she heard that our agency lost their contract with our state foster system, DCFS. What???? She then talked to someone she knows at another private agency here. He didn't know anything about it, but said that if it is true, our agency will have to "farm out" all of their DCFS kids to other agencies. Here we only have our agency, the one where her friend works and I also have friends who were previously cws at ours, a Lutheran one we don't know about, and DCFS. I was with DCFS and DO NOT want to return. He told J that if this is true, we can and need to ASAP request where our kids get transferred to. Needless to say that if that happens we want to go to the agency where we know people. We had thought of going there recently when all this stuff started happening with our agency, but I couldn't leave and keep Little One. If this happens and he has to leave, then maybe this is a blessing. After hearing these things, I called a friend who used to work at our agency and still has some contact, she hadn't heard anything about that. BUT, the one other caseworker besides ours is leaving Friday. She says she's had enough.

I'm going to call our licensing worker tomorrow to see if she can tell me anything. We'll see.


Julie said...

Love thift store shopping finds!! that is great! I am sorry to hear about the agency stuff- it is crazy! they are looking to privatize all of foster care in TX by the year 2009. The bill hasn't been passed yet- but should be decided today. we will see! I am with cps so if it gets privatized then I will have to go to a private agency. don't know what to do about that- we will just see how it plays out.

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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