We stayed in town this Christmas. We weren’t originally planning to, but we had a foster placement so we adjusted our plans. It was definitely the strangest and hardest Christmas we’ve gone through, but we grew so much as a family and all of our friends and family served us and our foster little so well. We felt incredibly blessed, God provided for us in ways that we never could have imagined. It was a crazy start to our foster journey, but we wouldn’t change a thing.
The boys had a lot of fun with the Christmas tree this year, and they loved their presents. The big thing we got them was a hockey set, and they play with it all the time. I also baked gingerbread cookies for the first time, and they turned out really well.
Here are some pictures of our family of 5 during the Christmas season.
We had a great time this past Thanksgiving in Fayetteville with my family and in the Woods with Steve’s family.
This past September, my sister & I took a backpacking trip on the Ozark Highlands Trail. We brought my dog Nike along as our guard dog, along with a can of bear spray. The trail is quite long, so we just hiked the first bit of it. Our original plan was to hike about 12 miles a day, covering 36 miles in total.
When our first foster placement left our home earlier this month, we decided to take a short break from fostering. We’ve been snuggling with our boys, soaking up this time with just them, and enjoying an easy life for a while.
I started a brand new bujo last January, which is a fantastic feeling. So much potential!
I wrote this post in December, a week before our home was opened & we accepted our first foster care placement.
We (the Kieklaks) are at the tail end of the foster care certification process. We were supposed to have our home open by November 1st, but there was some forgotten paperwork that surfaced after we signed our contract. Now, after the 1st of December, we’ve gotten all the paperwork (actually all of it this time) sent in to DHS and we’re just waiting for approval. Our foster care agency will want us to take another respite care placement before taking a (more) permanent placement.
It’s been a while since we posted regularly on here, but we wanted to tell you guys about some big changes. Both of our families started foster care this summer! We wanted to update you with where our families are in the process so you can be praying for us as we begin this journey.
Let’s start by explaining why we feel called to foster care. We’ve always had a heart for serving, and what better way to love your neighbor than to provide a safe home for a child in need? We both feel we have a safe & loving home to offer (though maybe a little crazy sometimes!) and more room in our hearts and homes, so we wanted to get involved.
For their first birthday, our boys had an airplane-themed party. I wanted to go with a theme that was very easy for cake decorating & minimal on the other decorations, but still cute. I made the boys little individual cakes so they’d each have their own little cake (we’ll see if I continue that tradition, it might be too much work once they have their own opinions and preferences).
I also made a larger cake that was for the rest of the guests, and I used a little toy seaplane for the topper. I saw someone else do something similar and I loved the idea of having a topper that is also a toy so I’m not wasting my money on something I’m only using once.
Here are the last of my bujo spreads from 2017 – here’s to another year of journaling!
I’m catching up on blogging our big events for the past couple years, excuse all these adorable baby pictures from our boys’ first Christmas.