Milly cat, Christmas decorations - our paper chains and an IKEA heart from last Christmas. Pencils in jars and a terrarium in respite. Wrapping paper and our first Pierre de Ronsad roses in a creamer jug. Miss G's stitching to give to her friend and Milly cat again sitting next to some rescued clothes of Master J's from my op-shop bag. I decided I should keep some things aside, in case we get approved.
I spoke on the phone to a social worker, I wanted to make sure my diagnosis of depression would not hinder our application. She encouraged me that it is the second most common illness on the medical forms submitted. Good news.
The family is looking forward to school holidays. Mr DCT is theorising and analysing about the purpose of a Christmas tree in the home of a Christian family and how appropriate it is. This is mentally and emotionally causing me angst and I am praying for peace in this.
When my boys were little, they seriously reminded me of Forest Gump - I love Forest (Gump that is) - and yes, I do love forests! We picked our first ever real tree this year - no more of the fake stuff. It does appear the Mr DCT is not actually allergic to the smell of the tree - he merely broke out in hives preparing it in the bucket!
Measuring for size, yes we took our own measuring tape. Mr DCT's logic is slowly influencing me!
Our cosy living room, excuse the mess. Love my granny blankets too and the need to have my own terrarium on the coffee table.
Spinning wheel care of a lovely friend. Nutcrackers were purchased at The Reject Shop years ago. Candle glassware from IKEA. Chrystal clock - my mums. Teapot - antique Royal Doulton collected by Mr DCT to remind him of his late mother. Shoe stretchers care of my Oma and Opa. Tall apothecary jar - a chipped one I've kept to store the childrens rocks, shells and pine-cones they have given me over the years.
I picked this up last year at the Kallista market, made in Guatemala - it is the reason.
I hit the enter key. I sent the email, the one to put our family out there. This is the start of that journey. First we will see if we qualify. I think we qualify, we have love, we have space, we have resources, but most of all we have love and that feeling, the feeling that it is right.
The more I hear of the goings on of the world around us. There is not a better time for our family to step out in faith. Hearing of abuse, kidnapping and knowing we are a safe place makes me feel like it is to be.
I will receive papers in the mail. Then there is a phone interview. Then we will see if we make the cut. We will see if we qualify to be a Foster family. It's the first step in our country I feel for adoption choices. The adoption choices are so limited - did you know Australia has the toughest adoption laws in the Western world?
Praying how, when... what action. Watched this on Friday night with my Miss G. It is disturbing, but real. We are blessed, how that blessing is to be used I am focusing on. Times ahead are exciting and I feel with the burden lifted of the closure of our last home - big things are in the wind.
If you have time, please watch the documentary. Let me know what you think. What does it prompt in you?
I'm really happy with a commission piece to be 'Italian' themed.... This little number will adorn the counter at an Italian restaurant (the exact location I am unsure of). Playing with picmonkey was fun too!
I love the lamp post!
Today we are off to Little Athletics and then to a couple of church fete's! xx Happy Saturday!