It’s been a while since I’ve been around here.
I think I just needed a break. Mostly, I think I just needed to step away long enough as to give myself permission for this not to be a priority. I was letting it stress me out when I couldn’t stay updated on everything, or when I couldn’t answer every e-mail that came in – so, I’m back-ish, but maybe not as consistently.
I do wholeheartedly appreciate the comments and the e-mails making sure that everything was alright and saying you were still checking just in case. It really did bless my heart.
So, a very abbreviated update of what is going on around the Popp house:
We are working forward on the adoption. At least that’s what they are telling us. We had two caseworkers in a row that didn’t do a single. thing. on the adoption while they were on the case. Essentially we are still at square one, when we were supposed to be finalizing in December. I’m irked. Two and a half years. That’s how long my babies have been in the system. Let’s get it together DCFS. Once the adoption is completed there will be no shortage of ‘constructive criticism’ directed toward the agency in charge. State, consider yourself warned.
I started homeschooling this year. I can’t homeschool Bella yet, because in our state you cannot homeschool children that are in the state’s custody. The plan is for her to start staying home after the adoption. So, right now I’m doing preschool with Tootaw and Sylvia, with a very eager Naomi at their heels and a very curious Vi pulling everything out of every drawer she can find while we work. It’s busy, but it is so fun.
Tootaw still has the early childhood special ed teachers coming to the house twice a week – but after coming out to our house for seven months they have basically concluded that they aren’t doing anything that we aren’t already doing at home. So, I think they’ll be ending services soon – which is actually a little bit of a relief.
Homeschooling seems to be the route for Tootaw for sure – we have seen SO MUCH progress just in the last three months. SO MUCH. She’s doing great, and as I continue to learn more and more how to cater to her sensory needs it will be even better. Praise Jesus. Progress we weren’t sure we’d ever see.
This summer we were trained to be Empowered to Connect trainers. We didn’t waste any time, and we’re actually already finishing up our first class. It has been such a blessing to share this curriculum. We can’t wait to see where God takes it, and how he is going to use us in this amazing ministry.
Brian and I are also co-developing a foster and adoption care ministry at our church. Still in the grass roots stages – but so excited for where it’s headed!
They’re all getting so big. Now I can say we have five kids ages 6 and under, which gets a lot fewer crazy faces than five ages 5 and under. Of course, we’re always anticipating DCFS calling us with the girls’ baby sister. I think about her all the time.
Vi. So big.
Sylvie at her fourth birthday breakfast.
Naomi, very quick to remind you that she is two and a half.
…I can’t wait to get to share pictures of Tootaw and Bella. Soon. So soon.
Until next time.