Where on earth do I begin?

There’s just so much to tell you all about what’s been going on in our world the last few weeks. I could do separate posts on everything, but I don’t have time. So I’ll just try to give some nuggets of information to answer some of your questions.

Many of you have asked when we’re “getting the girls.” We’re sort of already getting them, but we’re just moving them slowly. Over the next week or two or however many, we’ll be bringing them to our house and spending time with them with and without the foster parents. We’re preparing our home now so that when the girls are ready to stay for good, we’ll be ready for them.

I don’t know if I’m allowed to post their names online publicly or not. I haven’t been told not to yet, so I’ll go ahead and tell you that Brittany is the 2 1/2 year old and Jade is almost one. If I find out I shouldn’t have just written that, I’ll change this post and take it off. I don’t think I’m allowed to post pictures of them online. At least we weren’t with Mikey before his adoption so I’m assuming we can’t with the girls either.

Brittany is hypoglycemic so she has some dietary needs that we’ll have to educate ourselves on.

Jade is a tiny little peanut of a girl who weighs about 17 pounds. The foster parents and the girls came over last night for dinner and Jade was startled many times by Mikey’s yelling, running, and just generally acting a fool.

Which leads into our greatest revelation so far about the girls. And that is that they have nothing on their brother! We were worried about having three kids who are crazy on the same level as Mikey. That is no longer a concern. Mikey still wears the crown! YAY! Mikey, I hope you always wear the crown.

Brittany loves the color pink and Tinkerbell. I decided to do their room with fairy princess bedding, but not Tinkerbell specific. I may get a few Tinkerbell things to put here and there. I ordered this on quote etsy for their wall.

and this…

We’re going to Ikea tonight to buy furniture for their room. We’ve had a set of bunk beds, but they look “boyish” to me and I really have been wanting to get rid of them for a while. The top bunk is such a royal pain the butt to make and the dresser has some drawers that are wonky. Mikey and Jackson will now be sharing Jackson’s room and Jackson’s queen sized bed. Not ideal, but they’re kids. They’ll adjust.

Some awesome friends are going to come over in the morning for a little “work day” to get some much needed things done. I would really like to have the girls’ furniture up by the time they come to hang out on Saturday.

By the way, I’m going to pick the girls up Saturday morning and bring them to our house until the afternoon. I hope Brittany comes willingly with me. Brittany and Jackson hit it off so I think I’ll bring Jack with me to help keep the girls company and read to them in the backseat.

We don’t have a vehicle as of yet that can hold all of the kids. We’re waiting on a part to come in so the mechanic we use can get my truck fixed and ready to sell. I hope that we’ll have time to sell it rather than trade it in. But at the rate things are going with the repair work, we simply might not have the time to wait for it to sell. I will need to have a vehicle that can transport everybody by January when Jack starts back to his co op classes.

Yes, I’m going to continue to homeschool Jackson. Somehow.

Yes, the girls are beautiful!!! But no, they look nothing like Mikey. They are blond with blue eyes. And Mikey looks like a little boy version of Antonio Banderas.

The foster parents are already encouraging Brittany to call us “Mom” and “Dad” which is going to take some getting used to. It is a little strange to try to get a 2 1/2 year old to start calling people Mom and Dad who she barely knows. And it’s a little strange for us too. But she’s warming up to us really well. I carried her around yesterday for a while and she clung to me like a little spider monkey.

I need to try to get Brittany enrolled in a preschool asap. I may have waited too late to do it before the break. There’s just been so many details to work out that that one keeps slipping my mind.

So…there is definitely so much more stuff to say, but that’s all I have time for right now. We are excited, overwhelmed, nervous…our emotions are pretty much all over the place as you can imagine.

4 thoughts on “Where on earth do I begin?

  1. Jenny…you and Phillip are AMAZING people. I’m in such awe when I read your posts and I’m SOOOO happy for you!! All of your kiddos are so lucky to have you and Phillip as their parents!!!


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