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Friday, July 8, 2016

Isaiah's new room

Isaiah's new bed from W*al*mart. Only $214.00 and built beautifully. Its also very sturdy and all edges rounded/finished. Altho they still "feel" sharp when you hit your head on them below! LOL! (yes I hit my head 2x now)

The Spiderman wall sticker was from Samson's top bunk. Isaiah asked us to leave it. We couldn't put it next to Samson's new bed anyhow.
No decorations up yet- but it will most likely be airplanes for this future Air Force man!

This is under the new loft bed.
Recently I had re-decorated MA's room and this cabinet and book shelf she used to have, had nowhere to go! It was exactly what we needed!
The table already in here, was moved from the corner of the room to under the bed. It was once the kitchen eating table for MA and SP until I bought them a new table.

Mosie was following me around as I took the pictures so I told him he could get in them :o) He acts all shy- but it's an act!!
At the dentist on Tuesday it took 3 adults to hold him down!! He's very brave!

 This is the view into Isaiah's room from the hallway.

I think you can tell he's very happy. He gets a lot of visitors in his room and he adores us all :o) Just as we adore him!
The boys still have their toy shelf in his room. They still play in there.

The Special Ed homeschool shelf behind Moses. This is also story corner where you can sit on my lap or the floor for stories.
We have a new shelf coming that we will move all of this to. It will move into the boy's room. Then Moses can pull out "his" learning tools by himself. This shelf is too "packed". :o) Moses is very good at deciding what he prefers to work on.

Moses under Isaiah's bed. The boys come in and sit to see what big brother is doing.
That door behind Moses used to open into the boy's new room. This was the old Duplex kitchen, it opened to the hallway and here it opened to the old Duplex Living room. The only bad part- only 2 outlets in this room. They didn't use much electric back then! :o)

The computer wires are hooked up today for Isaiah's typing lessons. Last night Isaiah was up till midnight typing! LOL!! He can now have the lights on without bothering his sleeping brothers. We sure don't encourage him staying up so late at age 12. He needs his sleep!

                                       All ready to work!
He still has empty shelves to fill. But it won't take long before he does! (the table was in front of the bookshelf to the right before)

 Samson (left) Noah (middle), Jacob (right) all working on a Lego project. Of course they stop when I come in the room to take pictures!

In case you are wondering that's our window fan behind Samson. And we put a sheet over the the chest that holds diapers, because Samson was "carving" the top with his Legos??!!! The Army "flak" jacket was my Dad's. :o) Isaiah wears it now.
Everyone stops when they see the camera! LOL!!

We are so blessed! I go to bed AND wake up every day Thanking God!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Moving Day! Part 1

On the 4th of July our Son in Love Dan and his beautiful wife Grace (our daughter :o) came over with the boy's new bunks.
The bunks Dan made for me to my measurements.
Above we are clearing out and moving furniture from where the old bunks were. Walls were washed from 5 years worth of fingerprints!

Lots of vacuuming and everything moved to make space for constructing!!
This is one end of the room.

                            This is the other end of the room.

This is the middle of the room where the bunks will go side by side.

My sweet LOVE Faith helping vacuum. I can get nothing done without her! Oh the JOY she brings us! (This is Isaiah's new room she's vacuuming)

My sweet surprise gift from God Isaiah vacuuming. He shared this room for 5 years, first with 4 brothers, then with 3 brothers.
Now this room will sleep 6 brothers! With lots of play room!

Moses tries out his bunk without a mattress! He loves it!

 Coming into the bedroom here. The first triple bunk to the left- Noah on the bottom, Moses in the middle, Samson on top. Straight ahead to the right is Samson's things. He had them in this room the last 5 years but his bed was in another room. He is happy to be closer to his stuff!

 Side by side, two triple bunks.
We did have to add a few pieces of paneling on one side of each bunk where a wall used to "close" that side off. The 5 little boys are not comfortable with open spaces. Their bunks used to have one side enclosed by a wall. And they liked the ends of their beds closed off as well. Here one end is closed by the wall, one end open to climb up. The top bunk on the right now has a "tent" top Tom added for Julius. Julius loves it! It's his little hide away!

                        This end of the room completed.

 The wall opposite the beds. Shelves with school work. Nothing decorated yet. I am going to re-paint walls this Fall first. (after our vacation)

If anybody wondered, G and CC had their own room, our spare room on the main floor. They never had to share a room or come into our boy's bedrooms. Our boys need their privacy :o) And space away from boys who could hurt them. After time G and CC learned to be nice to our boys so we were blessed that their hearts became protective towards Mercy and the boys.

The picture above is how G liked to keep his room! Kids with Autism are very particular, and like the control of their things. In his own room G could do that.

Isaiah now has a room to himself. I didn't get photos yet, his new loft bed was set up yesterday..

This house that we have lived in for 39 years, this house the Lord blessed us with, has always been the perfect house for every season of children we have raised. We THANK God and PRAISE God! We have never needed to move because there was not enough room. This "house" has always had the space we needed, for the work God asked us to do. We are completely, and utterly humbled by God's goodness! PRAISE God!! Our cup overflows! THANK YOU God!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New bedrooms and Vacations!

I showed you the triple bunk beds that my Son in Love Dan made for us in the post below. We needed special sizes. The new bunks are 17" shorter and 7" narrower than regular bunks. They'll save a lot of space.

Because of that we can use our biggest bedroom to put the bunks side by side. The largest upstairs bedroom was once a living room when our house was a Duplex many years ago. (our house was built in the 1859)

Isaiah, Jacob, Julius and Pauly share that big room now. Isaiah will move out and into Samson, Moses and Noah's small bedroom. The small bedroom was a kitchen when our house was a Duplex!

Isaiah is getting the new white loft bed above. We'll set his desk and book shelves underneath. He will have the small bedroom all to himself at night. During the day the boys will still play in there. :o)

When the 6 boys move into the new bunks in the big bedroom, They'll have room for their tables and chairs and toys too, all in one room. It will be set up simple, so they can pick it up easily.

We'll have the beds up July 4th. And then I need to paint the bedroom walls! Walls that are very worn from 6 little people over the last 3-5 years! After painting- the fun starts- personalizing their new rooms!

Hopefully I'll have a lot of this done before we leave for Camp Uffda! Our vaca property. We have set aside 44 days to stay up this year!!

 The trees are so beautiful up there. Lots of pines and Tamaracks. The tamaracks are my favorite tree, they turn yellow in the fall, the only "pine" to do this.

We are farther from the tiny City of 500 nearby. But still close enough for MA and SP to go shopping and out to eat! :o)

We have electric now! Woo-Hoo! A huge yard light. Lights all around the building. The refridge, freezer and dryer are now plugged in! But no water yet. Maybe next year. We have to sort through everything and set it up. We will be able to come up in the winter now too. We have electric heat installed in our living area of the building and of course the trailers are heated.

We have been scaling back and selling a lot things we don't need. We were slightly disappointed that we received so little for our efforts.

Until I re-thought about what Paul said in Philippians 4:11-
"11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me."

You see if our things hadn't sold, we would have given them away to the Salvation Army. And that would have made us happy as well. So it was curious as to why getting 1/4 of the value of the things we sold distressed us so. 
Until I used Philippians 4 to search my heart.

We came through REJOICING and PRAISING Him. Had He not blessed us with the ability to pay for these things years earlier? Then this is all we need now. And if we need more we'll follow Matthew 7-

As in Matthew 7: 8-
 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"

To those who ask Him!! PRAISE God!! We are INCREDIBLY BLESSED!!

I'll be taking my laptop on vacation to share the JOYs of our time in the woods! :o)

p.s. If I could ask you kindly, PLEASE read this about Mercy House and help them if the Lord leads you to do so!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Invisible Boys

G will be leaving in a few days. He will disappear into "programs" and children's "homes" for those boys who can't function in a family. It doesn't matter that he functioned his best ever in our family. The State says he has to move on. He has already lived in 1 program and 1 other foster home before us. Three placements now going into 4 in one year. So sad.

I wish I could share the photos of him loving our older teens here. It is heart breaking. He feels safe, warm and loved. We won't tell him he's leaving until the day they take him.

His parents signed away their parental rights, his mom told him goodbye. He was o.k. with it for now because he likes where he lives. Eventually he'll wonder where they went.
But once again government rules (we can only have 10 under 18) say he never even should have even come here.

So why do they keep sending us these invisible boys who steal our hearts? Why do they hurt these boys by taking away their one possibility of a least restrictive environment?

We pray.

 The teens built him a house. We thought he'd love it! Everybody worked so hard on it!

                  Four walls decorated by 4 teens. I did the roof.

Decorated inside and out.
G hated it! LOL!!
After inspecting it, and trying it, he got ready to body slam it.
Oh my! The teens rescued it from G. And took it to their brothers.

Noah left front, Jacob left center, Moses left back.
Julius right front, Pauly right in back.
The brothers really really tried to like the house. They loved being in it with one of the older sibs. But they found no use for it on their own.

                           Jacob didn't want to stay in. :o)

Moses used it the most, only because he saw how much the older kids wanted him to like it! He tried! But he's an action guy. Not a "house" guy! So off he ran with cars in tow.

Julius tried to think of how it might work in his little curious monkey schemes. Nothing came to mind. Thank goodness he doesn't know how to body slam!!

Who are invisible boys?

(Warning what I'm going to say won't make anyone comfortable.)

They are boys that no one else has time for.

Boys like G, CC, Samson and our 5 youngest. Boys that people never ask about. Boys that if I am truthful I'd say no one really even cares about them. Seriously, IF they cared wouldn't they make time?

If I am talking to someone and bring up my boys, they go silent. They don't say anything. Sometimes someone might say "that's nice" or "cute". But they don't have time for it. They're busy.
No one has ever gone out of their way to be a part of these boy's lives. Only my mom asks how they are.

Some people blow me off and say "You are surely going to Heaven!" ...........what?.................... I just told you Noah has finally let us know he wants seconds at dinner!!??

If I ask someone to do something for the boys, help them, or heaven forbid spend time with them. (because the boys can't ask) They act as though they are doing "me" as a huge favor. Not doing it for one of our boys. Because if they do anything for our boys, the boys can't pay them back. They can't even thank them. So if others do these "favors" for me, they do expect me to be very thankful to them. Which of course I am. But I often tire of the "doing it for me", making my boys invisible again. Do we only do things for those who can repay us?

I'm the only voice my boys have.

I'm glad they don't "see" the rejection. They don't "see" that no one outside our house remembers their birthdays other than my mom. They never seem to notice the lack of interest others have for them. They smile just as happy to rude people as they do to me! :o) Should that make it o.k.?
They never had much, so they don't complain.

Some of the children we raised say all of this has only happened because it was "my choice".
My choice? that these children had nowhere to go, so I took them in? It wasn't a "choice". I responded to a need greater than me. These grown children also criticise that we took too many.
When the need was them, should I have said no? Would their lives really have been so much better? Do they realize we only get called when it's an emergency? We are the last on the list- and we said yes, because they were the un-wanted child. So since they never had to go without they can now tell us what we should have done?

Is it always so simple? Am I really in "control"?
Absolutely not.
To the adult children we raised-
God knew which children were coming here before we were all even born. God sent the children/you. I prayed for the Lord to send who (you) needed us. If you are ashamed that you were who he sent to us, talk to Him. Ask the people around you- would they have raised you? Why didn't God place you there with them?  

The bunk beds I asked my only SIL Dan to make are done. I'll show them set up in their rooms soon. We hope to get them set up this week. Dan is incredibly talented. Praise God! Poor guy possibly has no idea that he was an answer to my prayers, not just his wife's! ;o) 
(We could never afford to buy these new.) 

As G prepares to leave we are helping him gain strength- super powers. He is a Super Hero!! SUPER G!!! He did not know what the Bible was or who God was before he came. We taught him to pray. We can only accept his leaving by knowing that God will always be with him. Praise God!!

It's going to be a hard day when he leaves. Four teens are going to cry. G's heart will be broken when he realizes he's not coming back. We won't be allowed to see him. He's moving far away. But he'll never leave our hearts and prayers.

Please, find an invisible boy near you and give him a hug, or bring him a treat.