Saturday, May 29, 2010

Writing Portfolios

I've been organizing the kids' school papers... such an accomplishment! (More on that later though.) :)  I just finished going through this year's papers and pulling out what to keep.  

Olivia created a writing portfolio this year, and two entries I thought were particularly worth mentioning, especially in light of our recent decision to adopt...

8-27-09 Knowledge is power - Francis Bacon  Write about a goal and the education you will need to reach that goal.

I going to be a foster mom in Africa.  But first I need to go to college.  I'm going to ask a special person what I need.  I going to wash a few cars too get money to by lots and lots of food and go on an airplane headed for Africa.  And get the kids new clothes and put a movie on and get un packed.

(The mistakes were hers and I typed as-is.)  Love it, how cute is that!?  Can you tell when we go somewhere, I must often put a movie in while I unpack???  Too funny!  But I LOVE her heart for helping!

10/2009 Gratitude is the memory of the heart - American proverb Write about three things you are grateful for and why.

I am thankful for lots of things.  I am thankful for my family, I love my Grandma and Grandpa.  I also am thankful for my mom.  I love my brothers too.  My family makes me smile and have fun.  I love spending time with my family.  I'm thankful for food too.  The person who made all of this is God.  I am very very thankful for God.  I'm thankful for myself.

Love it!  I am so appreciative to have things like this to hold onto for Olivia (and the boys) to read when they are older! :)


I love your family! I will be beginning the journey of single foster parenting and adoption within the next 2 years :) I love reading your adventures

Eve said...

I wouldn't be able to get rid of those papers either. What wonderful essays. I love the part where your daughter wrote that she's also thankful for herself. That's deep. :D
Your organizational skills are tops!

My husaband and I would love to foster and/or adopt, and I believe it would be better to do in the States. So I'm very eager to read all of your blog, and learn as much as I can. Thanks! And God bless your beautiful family.

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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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