Friday, January 23, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I want these post to be about the whole journey, the whole process, the whole kit-n-kaboodle. So here is where I am mentally: scared, nervous, worried. I had such a wonderful encouaring respond from so many people. Wow, I am truly blessed. And I am filled with hope that God will provide. 

That being said...Here's what's on my heart. I said, in my previous post, that I am single with a roommate staying single but on my own. I am excited ab being a "big girl" but at the same time the thought of moving is daunting. Since college I have moved 8 TIMES! (That's 8 times in 5 years). I love searching for a place but the packing and moving and setting up a place is what I hate. Luckily my parents and family are extremely helpful! They come and have helped me move every. single. time! Man, I owe them a lot! 

This time I am moving and have specific needs. What are those needs?!? 
1) 2 or more bedrooms
2) pet friendly ( I have a loving dog who desperately needs...) 
3) a fenced yard
4) cost friendly (cheap good area. I love my job but money is tight just like with most ppl) 

Those 4 things are my top priority. My sweet Erica, has found a place right accross from her that seems to be a good match for everything I am looking for. 

Here's the problem: 
Our lease isn't up until July something. Honestly, I don't know when. (Whoops. I should really figure that out) I want to go look at the place she has found but I am terrified it will be perfect and then will have to let it pass me by. 

I have spoken to my roommate and she has agreed (mostly) that if I found a place and I found her an affordable place than we could break our lease and move. Great idea, right?!?! breaking cost money, new rent set up cost money. 

What is the root of not only evil but the bottom line of moving???...MONEY! Bahh I hate how dependent we have to be on money.

That all being said. If anyone knows of a house or duplex in the park hill OR green mountain drive OR heights area please let me know. Just remember I am on my own and can't afford a whole lot.  I would greatly appreciate any help I can get. 

I do have some other amazing friends, like Chrissy Dulin, that have been a great help! I am one lucky lucky girl to have the friends God have me! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

New ME in 2015

This year is going to be filled with all kinds of exciting, rewarding and difficult changes. Here is a run down of how I am going to make a New Me in 2015.

1) My best friend, Erica, and I have joined 10 fitness. She and I have devoted ourselves to becoming healthier together. We are keeping each other accountable as we work towards our individual goals. I am not sure I would be able to do it without her and her support! I cant wait to Zumba with her!! I am sure its going to be full of laughs and sweat!

2) As of January 19th, I am started a new career. I have worked for Junes Hallmark for 2.5 years and I have loved every moment of it: from my co-workers up to my company owners. I was asked to interview for a store manager position about 2.5 weeks ago. I interviewed and accepted the position. I will be the new store manager for the Bowman street location!! I could not be more excited!! I am praying that I can be the leader that I know that I can be.

3) In this third step to making a new me in 2015 is going to require lots and LOTS of prayers and support. Anyone that is close to me knows that I am pretty passionate about foster care. I have been saying for several years that I want to become a foster mom. I want to care for children who need to be shown love, and I want my home to be a haven that children can feel safe in. WELL....By the FALL of 2015 that dream is coming TRUE!!!! I could not be more excited about this new adventure! Throughout the coming months I am going to be transitioning from being single with a roommate to single with my own place preparing for a child. I am not crazy enough to believe that this journey will be easy, that it will be a piece of cake or that my heart will easily let the children go. What I do know is that God will guide and protect me and my heart.

For the past several weeks all I have done is research, read anything I can get my hands on and pray. I have done a lot of praying lately. My sweet roommate, Whitney, gave my a book for Christmas called The Middle Mom. It usually takes me months to finish a book but it took only 2.5 weeks to finish this one. To say I loved it is an understatement. The writer, who is from LITTLE ROCK, captures how I feel and how I want to treat every child that will enter my home. I definitely recommend it to anyone thinking or already fostering.

I am going to be making sporadic post. I can't promise my consistency in my posting bc let's face it I have NEVER been good at that. I do want this to be a record of the roller coaster that is coming to my mostly peaceful life. Did I mention that I am excited for the chaos coming my way?!?!?!

At the end of every post I will be posting a "Here is what I am needing from You:" list. I feel its very important that I am specific in my needs. I mean if you don't know my what I need how can you help/support me ;) So...

Here is what I need from You: 
1) The most important thing I need is PRAYER! Specifically for guidance in this Journey.
2) Even though I have no idea what age child I will have if anyone is getting rid of anything...ANYTHING...please feel free to donate it my way ;) (but for real on this one I will take anything: books, toys, clothes, furniture supplies etc)
3) ADVICE. Lets be specific here: This time I am needing advice on how to get started. I do know that I am going to through the organization named "The C.A.L.L." but any advice would be great.

So there it is everyone. A New Me in '15!!