I did something a few days ago that is equally frightening and exciting . . .
No, no, I didn’t try to do a cartwheel on my broken toe . . .
Nor did I attempt to make a paper mâché liger . . .
No, no . . . I . . .
downloaded a Back-To-School Supply List!!!
That’s right, in about a month (or so) I’m going to be a mom—to an amazing teenager!! After my 3rd Homestudy visit last week, we talked timeline and the guesstimated placement of a kiddo in my home will be the beginning or middle of September. Right now, I’m rushing to get things ready for my home inspection this upcoming Friday. At the same time, I’m preparing for our annual Vacation Bible School next week, a visit from my dad over the next two weeks, and prepping curriculum/leaders for Westside Kids and 2Twelve Student Ministries to launch a new school year soon. Did I mention that all of this is happening as I’m recovering from a broken toe & toe surgery? Yeah, I guess you could say I’m an overachiever . . . or insane, either works. 😉
I am beyond amazed by the incredible support I’ve received from friends and family during this time of chaotic transition. The meals, the moving help, the unpacking and building help, help from our Westside Kids/2Twelve team, help from co-workers at #TheOld9to5, the prayers, the laughs, the hugs—all of it has meant the world to me! And now as I am a month away from getting the apartment ready for Kiddo to join the party, I’m reaching out to ask if any of you would consider helping me build a great home by contributing some home furnishing/family needs. Many have asked how they can help and what needs I still have before Kiddo gets here, and to help with that, I’ve created some registries and other support options. Here they are:
- A smooth transition from their previous living arrangement into my apartment
- That the foster/adoption grants that I’m applying for go through, to help offset the agency and court costs
- For Kiddo to feel welcome, wanted, and valued in my family/friend community
- Wisdom in parenting, community building, family rhythm setting, and self-care
- That there will be a lessened strain on ministry/work life in the transition
Gift cards in any amount to any of the following places will be greatly appreciated:
Target, IKEA, Wal-Mart, QFC, Fred Meyer, Amazon, Regal Cinema, Starbucks
Additionally, if you would like to write an encouraging/inspirational note to Kiddo, you are more than welcome to!
If you need my mailing address for cards/gift cards, please send me a private message on my FACEBOOK.
At Target: Amo’s Housewarming Registry
At IKEA: Shopping List
At Amazon: AMOdoption Shower
I know that we are all in different seasons of life, so please know that any of the supports listed above (regardless of money spent) is greatly appreciated! Thank you for everything you are doing to help build a safe, caring, environment for a precious child to become part of a forever family!