Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chocolate Milk and Moving Forward

Spring has always been a busy time for me.  Tryouts for lacrosse.  Eliza just found out that she is captain of JV.  Zach found out he made the "A" team for lacrosse.  Soccer picks up, too.  Zach plays on 3 teams-town, club which Jason coaches, and ODP.  So I start to fret how and when and of course, why. So when I found this in a book that I am reading, it was a good reminder for me to not fall into the pattern of just getting it done.  Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanne Weaner, the book I am reading, quotes another author

Duty can pack an adequate sack lunch, but love may decide to enclose a note inside...Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs (even to teenagers!)...Duty gets offended quickly if it isn't appreciated, but love learns to laugh a lot and to work for the sheer joy of doing it.  Obligation can pour a glass of milk, but quite often, love adds a little chocolate. Love adds a Little Chocolate by Linda Anderson

It was a good reminder to slow down and do the small things that make a big impact on the little souls around me.  Yes, the kids had chocolate milk all week long:) Bella's new thing is wanting to go to kindergarten.  She has a new friend who is in kindergarten.  She also wants to lose a tooth.  Sorry, babe, you just got your three year molars in.  But who knows, if you keep trying to shake those front teeth....

Sent in our application to CHI and have been approved.  Feels good to be moving forward again.  On a positive note, I love our case manager at CHI.  Not only is she an adoptive mom and "gets it," she responds so quickly to any and every question that I have had.  Scary that I actually asked a "how long" question the first day.  Will I never learn???  Actually the question had to do with how long it takes them to review our homestudy.  So we move forward.


Christy. said...

So happy to hear that you are with CHI. We brought our son home using CHI in June. You will LOVE them!! My blog is private but if you want to read about our experience with CHI you can email me:
Congrats on moving forward!!

Richelle said...

so glad that you are moving forward, but know that change is hard!!!

Janell said...

Bella's hair is gorgeous first of all. Second, I love that book and quote. Third, glad you have the first step of many done. Praying your journey goes quickly and is for God's glory.

Deena said...

Sounds like a great book...I will check it out. I totally know how you feel - for us it is the start of baseball and a LOT of dance competitions. I am already dreading having four nights a week of baseball and we haven't even had try outs yet.
Good luck with your new agency. I look forward to following your journey! Enjoy the chocolate milk ;)

Ellen said...

Awesome, Jen! Children's House or Children's Hope?

I am sure the change was hard but am glad you have found another great agency! =)


scooping it up said...

I love the title of the book. I was always upset that Martha was demonized. At every church gathering I've ever been to, someone is busting their butt behind the scenes making it all happen so everyone can sit, feel connected, have their spiritual cups and actual cups filled. Why is she the bad guy!? Someone has to do it!? I like the quote though. Will def check this out.

CONGRATS on moving forward. Can't wait to hear how you like your process with them. Crossing my fingers for you.

Also, your life sounds busy and crazy. Why do people assume I am nuts. We can all sit at home in our pjs. That schedule is giving me the hives about my kids growing up.

jay n tricia said...

Congrats on such a big step!! Oh my WORD, Bella is just gorgeous!! I love her beautiful hair! And I am SO grabbing that book from Amazon, thank you for sharing.