It’s a full house.

A few weeks ago Freedom, a 15 year old girl was placed with us. She’s a sweet girl with a lot of things to work through. And yesterday we had Flower placed with us, she’s 17. Let’s recap:

Pretty 17, Flower 17, Freedom 15, Biscuit 13, Blue 13, Boychild 10, Bunny 7, Lemon 4.

I’ve got 8 kids! Aaaah. It seems like a lot, I know. What people see versus what’s really happening in our home is pretty insane. We have a structured home and things work pretty well around here, it’s not a bunch of kids running around screaming with no rules and doing whatever they want. There is a pretty good chance if you ever popped over to my house unexpectedly you would never guess that we had 10 people living in our home. You would probably see 3 kids in our living room watching TV, maybe even 2 kids. The house would be presentable and tidy with the exception of a pile of backpacks on the floor in the foyer…that I’ve told the kids a 100 times not to do but they do it anyway. Their rooms on the other hand, well they’re fair a best.

Are you wondering where everyone sleeps? People always seem to want to know how it works but they seem reluctant to ask because I’m pretty protective over my kids and their privacy. But, it’s your lucky day! In room #1 there is Bunny and Lemon, room #2 Flower and Freedom, #3 Boychild, #4 Biscuit, Blue, and Pretty, # 5 Me and Husband. Our house isn’t huge but we can fit everyone. It’s hard for me to turn down a child who needs help, in fact with Flower I had to get an amendment to my license. I’m technically ‘over capacity’ right now, I’m licensed for 3 placements and I’ve currently got 4.

In other news, teenagers are hard. For some reason my heart keeps telling me I need to be the one who helps the older kids in foster care, there aren’t a lot of homes who want to help teenagers. A majority of teenagers end up in group homes (which I’m not keen on.) I’m stretched thin; I’m incredibly busy and trying to do everything I can. I keep reminding myself that I can change lives, I can and will push forward. Luckily Husband is rad, supportive, and has a cute butt. I’m nothing without his love and support, we are a team.

I’m a sucky blogger.

Summer was intense. I was busy living life and blogging took the back seat. I wish I could say I was sorry…but I’m not.

Things that have happened:

Blues caseplan has changed per the TDM and court is coming soon and hopefully we will have some answers. We will happily adopt Blue if reunification isn’t an option. Blue is enjoying 8th grade, she’s really come out of her shell and is making friends and joint clubs. She’s doing SO good.

We have a new placement, 15 year old female we will call Free. Free has a intense case and she seems to be behind socially; she has a hard time being age appropriate.

Pretty is getting geared up to start college in a week. I’m proud of her.

Biscuit started her freshman year, she’s okay with it. She wishes to join more clubs but cheer seems to be interfering…she’s made it clear that cheer is more important to her at this time.

Boychild is enjoying 5th grade. He has 6 different classes and likes it so far.

Bunny loves her teacher and being in 2nd grade.

Lemon loves kindergarten. She’s going to a private Christian school this year.

Husband and I still go on our weekly dates. I love it. Overall, all things are well.