Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Teenagers- BOY Teenagers

This year we lose a teenager but gain another. Christian turns 20 and Kaden just turned 13 which just makes me old. Like seriously. I feel like my body has officially realized its over 40 and is just done! Well my knees at least, buts that a whole other blog post.

Seriously though, first off I've never been a teenage boy... I know your all surprised. But apparently boys brains just go to mush. Like there's not a care left in there for anything more than video games and phone apps. Eh, maybe its different cares for each teenager. For Christian at 13/14 he was all about smelling good, looking good and GIRLS. For Kaden, he literally couldn't care less about how he looks or smells. He's interested in girls but it doesn't seem to motivate him. This kid is so smart and I know I am biased but he's really handsome. Seriously. But how do you motivate an unmotivated teenager. I wish I had a video monitor into his head. On second thought... No, No I don't. 

There was some suggestions made about getting him tested for gifted and talented. I am interested in doing that. Maybe even some sort of testing to see what we can do motivate him. We have tried everything. Well except for selling him on the black market... but I kinda love him. Don't really want to part with him just some of his habits or lack there of.

My goal this summer is to get us both on an exercise plan and get him in shape and hopefully he can walk into 8th grade a new kid.  It would be awesome to build his self confidence along with spending quality time with him. He's hilarious and has so much to say!
He's got a pretty busy summer. Band camp for 2 weeks as well as church camp for 1. 

One of my favorite scriptures and one I need to be better at remembering not just for me but for him also. God has a plan, and a great one. 

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Feeling Better... Or Maybe I'm Just Not Done Venting!

I'm feeling a little lighter, I'm wondering if pouring out my heart in my last post somehow helped... maybe. maybe not. But on the slight chance that it is the reason I am not as down as I was... maybe this blogger wanna be is making a comeback!

I really just wanna talk about fostering and adoption. The truth is that it's on my mind ALL THE TIME. I wish so much it was on Chris' mind. It weighs so heavy on me. Its ridiculous to me that our world is so consumed about transgender, homosexuality and reality TV when there are so many more pressing things to worry about. I'm not saying that those things don't matter but there really are more important things than that, at least to me. I am in no way condemning/judging people so please don't take it that way.  Homelessness is huge and it's sad but an even more sad reality is that there are so many kids who are parent-less. Orphans. 

When I heard the word orphan, my brain use to go to the kids in other countries, probably because of TV ads. As a kid, one of my favorite movies was Little Orphan Annie, but I don't really think I connected the dots to the reality of it all. I also don't think I connected orphans to kids whose parent's rights had been terminated. I think in my head, I connected the term orphan to kids whose parents had died. It wasn't until a couple years ago that it occurred to me that there are literally thousands of orphan kids in the US. People, that is heart wrenching. Its so overwhelming to me. How on earth is that possible and it not be national headlines. Like for real. 

The Bible calls us as Christians to care for the widows and the orphans. I am incredibly thankful for the missionaries and the ministries that care for kids overseas. It's beautiful that we care so much for those kids and those ministries. My family sponsors a beautiful little girl in Haiti. And that's great. But what about the kids here in the US What about the kids right here in Texas or better yet, right here in the Permian Basin? Is it just that we don't know. That we are so flooded with pointless and just plain junk that the real life crisis of local orphan children isn't important? 

I became a CASA (court appointed special advocate) to feel like I am making a difference. And I am. But is it enough? Is it really all that God is asking of me?  I am 100% sure that being involved with fostered/orphaned children is part of my call from God. I'm just not sure what exactly the extent of it is, mostly because Chris doesn't feel it. Somehow we have to get on the same page. 

Here's the real deal for me. There are kids right here in my town, my county that are in need of not just a safe place to land but mommies and daddies to love them and protect them. Protect them from some really bad and scary situations. Fostering, and fostering to adopt are absolutely the most needed in our county but I understand that not everyone feels the call/ache to do that. But there are so many other ways to get involved. Volunteer. CASA is in real need of volunteers. I love being a casa. These kids need a voice and to be heard. High Sky Childrens Ranch is a great place to volunteer and interact with kids. If interacting isn't for you but you want to help, Together We Rise does something that is just amazing. This is something I want to do, just haven't taken the time. But... if adoption calls to you in any way shape or form, get educated, learn the facts. Understand what it actually means. Don't listen to the stereotypical stories. Really get educated. These kids are not scary or messed up, they're just mostly unloved, unwanted and misunderstood. Truth is there are probably more happy endings than sad ones, its just the sad and scary ones that get told. Some places I would encourage you to check out would be High Sky AdoptionsPermian Basin Heart Gallery and Addy's Hope. (I am in no way affiliated with these groups, just ones I have had some experience with or know of) I'll leave you with this. 

In a nutshell, my heart is fully in doing something for these kids. Becoming a CASA was huge for me but I see it only as a stepping stone. Praying daily that God speaks to me about my family's next step.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Worst Blogger Ever Part 2

Hello? *tap- tap* is this thing on?

My last post was the worst blogger ever! Boy is that ever right..

I guess I just haven't been feeling it, the love of sharing about my life. I guess what it comes down to is I'm just in a funk. I don't know what else to call it other than what it is. When I started this blog forever ago it was to chronicle our quest for another baby. I had baby fever, bad. Really it was the longing for a girl. I got my baby, the sweetest little boy in the world. I couldn't love this little crazy, wild child more. Oh how he makes me laugh and oh how he makes my world a better place. He cracks me up on a regular basis and pretty regularly takes me by surprise with the things he says. Could not imagine that journey turning out any different. It was the perfect ending to that journey. 

I really thought the "fever" would go away. I thought I would feel complete and on some levels I do. Complete is such a strange thing for me because I certainly don't want to down play my feelings about my boy filled world. They (all 4 kids and husband) complete me. But I can't help the longing I feel so very deep inside of me for a girl child. There's so many things I will never experience as a boy mom.There will never be mother daughter pedicures, mother daughter laughter at chic flicks, mother daughter bonding over heart breaks, mother daughter bonding over an engagement, wedding and pregnancy.  I know that daughters-in-laws will come along and maybe even granddaughters but none of those will ever be the same. Daughters-in-laws will always choose their moms over me and odds are granddaughters will too, and that's the way it's supposed to be. It's just the design of it all. I know this.

I also know that there is nothing that will ever compare to my little boys saying they want to marry me when they grow up or being the center of their whole worlds when they are little. It truly is the best. I know my boys adore me and they always will. God's design however is for them to leave me and go to their wives. I know this and that's what I want for them. I pray all the time for the wives God has for them and that they will be Jesus girls and that they will love my boys fiercely. I know all of these things and yet the longing is still there. 

I wish I knew if all women, the ones who don't have a daughter, feel this way, if the longing is there. If it is, oh how I hurt for them. I know how it feels when people around us are having girls. Its part envy but its part awe. Awe that they will get to experience beautiful things with this child. Its like my eyes always see the little girls in a crowd. I see them, all ages and sometimes the longing is so strong its all I can do to escape before someone sees it in my face. I'm happy for them but there's still such a sadness about it for me. Only these other non-girl moms will know. Don't get me wrong I know that with all the beautiful girl things come hard things. That's just part of the whole parenting gig. 

I've said all of that just to get to this. I am well aware that my body is done birthing babies. I'm completely good with that. I've made some beautiful boy babies. It was a little bit of a hard realization that I wouldn't have a daughter biologically. OK. bit is a stretch. It was a lot hard. A LOT.

I wish I could remember when the realization hit me that there are kids all over the US that don't have moms and dads. I was young, really young. It broke my heart then and it breaks it now. Having said that, I don't think that adoption occurred to me then. Maybe because it wasn't talked about and when it was it seemed to be discussed as very expensive. Its only been in the last 3-4 years that I've realized it doesn't have to be. Actually way less expensive than birth at a hospital. I guess that's when I started feeling a different kind of tug deep down. The one thing that has played on repeat in my head. What if God's plan for me to get my daughter was through adoption. What if she's already out there longing for the exact thing I am, only hers is for someone to love her only the way a mom who's longing for a daughter can. I've voiced some of this out loud. This is one of the places where Chris and I don't seem to be on the same page. I don't know all of the whys. I just know we aren't in the same place. 

For the last year or so, my prayers go something like this... "God please put Chris and I on the same page. Please let us see things the same way. Please soften a heart. If adoption isn't in your plan for us, please take the longing away or at the very least make it hurt less." Recently I've gotten so tired of saying that prayer and not feeling like it's getting me anywhere, hence the funk. So if you're reading this... please say a prayer for me as I could sure use them!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

Friday, March 27, 2015

Worst Blogger Ever!

And I officially suck at this blogging thing...

SO much has happened in the last year. I don't even know if I could put it all into words. 

Let me see... well I officially have a daughter! Ryan got married last year. Her name is Kristen, and she and Ryan are a pretty good match. They're pretty much the same and seem to get just get each other. I pray for them constantly as I know how hard the first year of marriage is. I know that they have a lot to learn!

Case and Kaden are just as crazy busy as always. Case-O Mase-O is at "bigboy" school and doing wonderful. I feel like he has grown so much in the last year. This little guy is no longer a baby. He is a little boy. It makes me so sad! Kaden is in 6th grade and man is this 'tween" changing. It blows my mind to look at him and not see my little boy any more.

Christian is in the "I don't know what I want to do with my life" phase. Its driving Chris and I crazy. I know its hard to all the sudden have to be an adult. The realization of the ins and outs of jobs and bills and the future can be really daunting. However, we have tried to be very supportive and allow him to explore several avenues. I think though, that his exploring options are about to be over. 

We have a new house which we love. It has been a lot of fun as well as exhausting settling in. I think it finally feels like home and we are comfortable and starting to really make it ours. We've worked really hard to get to this place in our lives and it feels really good!

All in all it has been a great year in the Gafford World. Now if this so called blogger could get on the ball and chronicle that world more often!

I will leave you with a fabulous picture that my man took and edited. I am excited to get our print from the Canvas company and on our wall.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Where in the heck did February go??

How in the heck did it get to be the end of the first week of March??? I guess because last week and this week have been a blur. Let me see... oh yeah... the last weekend of February I spent working on the house, then last week I had a sick kid, a realtor visit and then a women's retreat. This week I spent 2 days away in Houston for work. Geez, I am tired just typing it all out! So yeah I guess that explains it!

I mentioned a realtor, she came by last week on Wednesday. I think it went well, she told me a few things we need to fix but all in all it looks like our house will sell for enough to have a down payment for a bigger better house. I can honestly say this excites me! I am excited about a bigger house but more than that I am excited for a new place to make great memories with my family. We've been through some pretty awful things in this house and it would be nice to start again. Don't get me wrong this has been a great house, lots of wonderful memories too. We've never really had any major issues or problems so it wont be awful if we can't sell it but it sure would be fun to have more room! Plus a nice backyard with places for my little guy to explore!

Well, Case is officially off of milk. This kid can't seem to get well so we are trying something new. Dr T thinks dairy is the culprit so we will just have to see. I never knew how much stuff has milk in it til I had to start reading labels to find out. This is definitely going to be work. But this face is worth it!

Here's to a new month, new things to get busy doing and celebrating my sweet grandmother's 95th birthday! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

A weekly wrap-up

So this week was rather busy... first off it was a 4 day work week as I had Monday off. The beautiful thing being the boys had school and I took little man to daycare! I know, I know it could've been quality time with them but truthfully I had a lot to do for a consignment sale I am taking part in! There's no way I would've gotten anything done with my boys home!

So Christian had a follow-up at the Pedi Cardiac doctor. No change, he still has a leaky valve but shouldn't suffer any consequences for it. He does need to take his allergy meds regularly... CHRISTIAN, pay attention if you are reading this!!!

Case had his first appointment with the allergist. I expected it to be pretty rough and it was. Poor sweet boy was not friends with his nurse once she was done. Thank goodness for iPhone, you tube and a little boy fascination with fire trucks. I was able to distract him for the 10 minute wait. The bad news is he is allergic to peanuts and some outdoor molds. Hopefully with regular allergy medication we will be on to new and better things!

All in all Kaden had a pretty good week! He is currently a avid collector of all things bey-blades. I don't get it, its just a glorified top but whatever makes him happy. It must be a boy thing. All of his friends are also into them too!

I called a Realtor and officially have an appointment next week to see what our house is worth and whether or not it will be beneficial for us to sell. So here's hoping for good news. Lord knows we did not get good news with our taxes.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day

Today is Valentines Day! I like this holiday! I think its fun to give gifts to my honey and my boys but also I love all of the pinks and reds! Its the girly girl in me I guess!

Last year I had alot of fun with my little guy! I seriously doubt that I could recreate this... he is much to wiggly and mobile! I am sure he would run and smear those hard to get kisses everywhere... but that's ok. I sure do love this little guy! He makes our world go 'round! 

This Valentines day will most likely be a little different. But thats ok. Chris and Kaden have a date to go to the Monster Trucks. Christian will be off with Bri on a date,  so I am more than willing to have a fun little date with my sweet baby boy! I am not sure yet what we will do but I am sure we will figure it out! 

I think that Chris and I will eventually have a date just the two of us but we can wait! We have precious boys that will not wait. They are growing and changing everyday. I don't want to miss a single minute if we can help it!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.