Sunday, April 09, 2006

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have an excuse. My life is NOT very exciting. It has been very busy, but I guess I could still post, since I get up around 5:30 am and am alone until I start getting my kids up at 6:30 am for school. I Just haven't had anything to say. Or at least nothing exciting, or deep like Jen, no new babies, although I do have new kids, they're just not babies.

When I moved here, we lived in our little brown house by the river in Errington. Then it was sold and we had to move. We moved to a really nice 5 bedroom house in Nanoose Bay and I started fostering again. I started out with a 13 year old boy who was with me for about 6 weeks until he moved with his mom to Prince George. Before he moved out a 12 year old girl moved in. The sad thing about both of these kids is that they both smoked cigarettes, and pot, and they both drank. Anyway, she moved out after 3 months and is now living in an abandoned school bus with her mom. Then came Kyle. Everyone from out here has met Kyle. He started out funny and not too bad to look after. He has quite a few challenges and is very easy to exploit. He lived with me for 10 months and is now in a group home with the first boy I had living with me. He also smoked pot and then his supplier started lacing it with crystal meth, which made him impossible to live with. Before he moved out an 11 year old girl moved in. It was supposed to be for a few months, but has turned into indefinitely. Then in January we moved to Qualicum Beach. The house was a four bedroom with an attached, double garage, which we quickly turned into 2 bedrooms. We live 3 blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from Jack's school, which he loves. Now every day at lunch I have Jack, Josh, Mitchel, Keagan, and sometimes a couple of other boys come eat their lunch here and watch an episode of "Friends" Anyway, a month ago Jasmine's two sisters moved in, also. They were being adopted by a couple in Nanoose Bay and, but for many different reasons they decided not to go through with the adoption, so now I have all 3 girls living with me. That's what my life has been busy with in the past month.

I haven't been working since last April. We were in Nanaimo and got rear ended and I got whip-lash. I don't think it would have been so bad if I hadn't been half turned in my seat, shoulder checking. I was driving my Firefly and got hit by a fairly large SUV. So, now I go to the gym 3 times a week, and for physiotherapy twice a week to strengthen my back and neck muscles. I am still waiting on a settlement through ICBC, but it could be a while.

I guess the only other thing I have to ponder and pray about (really, really pray about) is the future of the three girls who live with me. The social workers involved have already asked me if I could see myself raising these three until adulthood (the youngest is 7) and if so would I consider adoption. With post adoption assistance it as a financial possibility, but I need to really believe that I can make that kind of commitment, long term. I also need to know that this would be God's plan for us, not just my bleeding heart making decisions for me and my family. So I would appreciate all of your prayers. I told the workers that I would not decide for a few months.

Other than that, life has been good. I go to the beach every day and for a 5 km hike at least 3 times a week. I go for coffee with Mitz or Colleen or Carolyn. I get to play with Ethan, and now Conner, and my life is fairly satisfying. I am losing weight again, albeit a little more slowly than I would like. I'm talking to my lawyer and doctor on Monday about going back to work as a housekeeper in a hotel. That's when my diet was the most successful. And one other thing I am excited about is that Tye got accepted to Malespina University-College. He is taking a 4 year course in business management accounting. So life is good and God has blessed us.

12 comments:

John said...

Morning Tuts. I will be praying for you and your family. I am proud of you and your contribution to society. I could not do what you do. Do you ever have the urge to hunt down these people that hurt these kids, and really lay some hurting on them? You are so tough. Way to go.

Margaret said...

Thanks, John. I do often feel like finding parents or other adults for being selfish and stup and hurtful to kids, but am left with an empty feeling in my gut when I can't. So I fill that empty feeling with giving kids a fighting chance at a real future. It's not for everyone. I believe I was born to be a missionary. It's not what I do, but who I am.

Avaelyn said...

I think you're soo great for what you do for those kids... You're so strong!! I don't know if I would be able to deal with that... I wish you luck with those little girls... And wish Tyler good luck for me, too!! I hope everything goes well...

Becky said...

I think your life sounds pretty exciting... Especially in comparison to... Ang's...

Carol said...

I hand out major kudos to you Margaret. I am not sure that I could do what you do either. We will say a prayer for you. Keep up the good work, and come over some time.

jude said...

Hello Margret
I have a hard time believing that you have nothing to say!! I remember the talks we use to have, you had a lot to say! Haha..I am teasing you by the way. I hope things work out well for you and the kids. What you do is something I could not do. I'll stick to diatary. Wish you all the best girlfriend!

Margaret said...

Hey, Jude!
Where the heck are you and why can I not access your blog and how did you find mine? I am so excited to hear from you! You're right. We used to sit for hours talking about all kinds of things. I miss those times we had. Send me an email or something with your blogger site. I can't access it from here.

footsack said...

okay Margaret, I know you are busy but I am a grandma now and post more often than you do. Come on!! Or as Angie would say....giddy up!!

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