Monday, January 30, 2012

Introducing Maddie

Safe Families is a program Kyle and I, and several friends from church, fell in love with over a year ago at a Home For Good Conference. After hearing about how this ministry provides Safe Homes for children while mom or dad deal with crisis situations our hearts were pulled and we were ready to go out of our comfort zone.

After the initial work of getting the ministry going at our church and doing the paper work, in late November we got the e-mail saying a little 1 year old girl would need to be cared for for a 6 month period of time - without even talking to Kyle I said YES! In fact I texted my friend who heads the ministry "we want her" immediately. Thankfully I was able to get to know mom a bit and spend some time with her and baby Maddie before the move in date which was December 9th. It was a VERY hard transition for her but I am happy to report that just under 2 months later Maddie is happy and doing so well! An added bonus is that mom is going to be able to be reunited with her little girl early and they will be back together February 21st!

Here she is the day after she took 20 steps... she waited so long to finally walk she was a pro on day 2. When she just crawled around all the time it wasn't as obvious how long the pants were. But she's a chunk of baby and needs size 2 to fit those thighs. Now we have to wear shoes with those ones or wear the tighter legging type of pant so she doesn't get her feet caught in them.

This experience has been difficult for a couple reasons and wonderful for many! My kids are doing SO WELL with her and watching their hearts make room for her and feel compassion for Maddie has been so beautiful. It's also been fun to start building relationships with other members of her family and we are excited to see where God takes us with this.


Due to being SUPER disappointed with the quality of EVERY single picture I had taken with my Nikon Coolpix I fell out of love with taking pictures. Unfortunately I don't have many pictures to show for October 2011 & November 2011. But that doesn't mean we weren't busy and having fun (and having bad days) as usual.

So I will post my HAPS (Middleton family REQUIRED tri-monthly update)

October – This is the month that began in Vegas where we were forced to be by State Farm. Since setting up child care for something like that isn’t easy to come by we took advantage of it and extended our trip – just me and Kyle! Well, just us until P&J and B&R showed up. We had a great time! I somehow decided while on vacation that I could handle a few field trips and signed up for everyone that came my way – organic farms, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, plays and more. I quickly realized we don’t have room for that and we haven’t been on one since. Soccer season was still in full swing at this point and Kyle and I were very ready for that to end… 3 kids practicing at 3 different fields + Adia doing agility training and speed training every week can take a toll on a family. It was also during October that we accepted our first full time placement with for a little one year old named Maddie. I was able to meet with the mom and start spending time with them in order to better prepare Maddie for her December move in. We also began working with a 4&5 year old who needed to be watched and Tuesdays and began spending time with them as well as they adjusted to some BIG life changes at home. Thinking back on October I am a bit exhausted.

November – As soccer came to an end Avery convinced us she is truly in love with the sport and ready to take it to the next level – we being weak parents couldn’t say no and signed her up for more soccer and by more I mean she lived and breathed it from mid –Nov. – Dec. training to hopefully make it on a more competitive team in January. Kenyon started wrestling and we really think it might be the PERFECT sport for him! He loves it, it works him out hard and brings him home very tired! Love. Oh and about the field trips I backed out of all future ones except the HUGE one I was co-hosting with your parents at their house. We had a million or so people at the River House for a great lesson on the gold rush then walked to Marshall Gold Discovery Park for a tour led by Paul and some fun activities. The weather was perfect and it was a GREAT day for all! THANK YOU Paul and Jenny! Thanksgiving was also at their house and was nice and small which left a lot of space to catch up with those that were there… we really enjoyed it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday Adison 9.11.11

Last year we did a big party for Adison so she is on a break from those for a couple years. On the non party years you still get a special date with mom and dad and then a little fun with siblings at home. She even got a one on one movie date with dad before dinner. She was just as excited as the year before when we had a big princess party. Makes me wonder why I ever do those anyway?

We sure love having a 5 year old princess in our family!

She really is such a sweet little girl and adds so much to our family. I love her sensitive nature and her desire to do what is right. We love her endless cuddles and even her monsoon moments. Listening to her sing and watching her dance are daily joys. And if ever I need a glass of water or a small favor there is one kid I know will always be happy to do me the favor - my sweet Adison! Can't believe she is 5... where does the time go?

Shasta September 2011

I want to at least highlight a few of the really fun things our family did during 2011 before I move onto 2012.

This picture was taken during our Shasta trip with my sister Tammy's family. It was SO FUN to be there with them and watch our kids hang out on the lake together and ride quads around exactly where we did as kids.

And here is a picture of my sisters beautiful kids. No they do not all have different fathers and no none were adopted.

Highlights from the trip were Kenyon, Adison and Avery all getting up on wake boards and knee boards. Adia wake skating for the first time. And although you couldn't pay me to show a picture of it Tammy and I got on the tubes to provide the days entertainment... I have NEVER seen all of our kids (and husbands) laughing so hard. BTW - it was nowhere near as fun as I remember!

Here is Adison on the kneeboard
We all wondered if she would be smiling after the fall - and she did!
For all my other kids that wouldn't be a big deal but for this little princess it really was... I was so proud of her for trying something new. She did great!