I thought I’d write a (not very) quick catch up post (two in fact) about the past six to nine months. I am hoping to capture just brief memories of those times as I did not blog at all. Excuse the topsyturvy nature of this post…
We were very blessed by a friend of ours who helped us create two bedrooms out of one bedroom upstairs. He removed the one doorway and build two doorways, one to the room on the left and one to the space on the right. He build walls around them and bam! we had an extra bedroom. The plan was for the twins to move into the littles’ room (now the biggest bedroom), the littles to move into Charlotte’s old room and Thomas to move from downstairs into Lillie’s area, which was now a separate bedroom with its own door:
This rearrangement of bedrooms meant that all five children were now upstairs and the bedroom built into the hallway downstairs was now empty. Our goal was to begin the fostering process. Which we did.
However, God had other ideas as he increased our family of seven to a family of nine, as a couple of friends moved in for a few months whilst one recovered from a major operation. We somehow squeezed the two of them in the small downstairs bedroom. Concerned that they may find the room too small, the house too crowded, the surroundings too messy and the noisy too, well, noisy, we need not have worried. They were wonderful house guests and it was a complete blessing for us to be able to offer them a family home to recuperate in. They left a week before lockdown began, and we sent them off in style:
In the months before lockdown we watched our children grow, play and work together:
We watched our puppy and kittens grow bigger and more cuter by the day:
We also saw birthdays come and go…
Tony and Debs left us the week before lockdown, and Ads moved in two days before lockdown. We had made it through the first three parts of the fostering process and now had to make the decision to put it on hold. The fostering agency were very understanding and have kept our details in their system to pick up where we left off once we have a bedroom free again. In July Ads moved in permanently and is now just one of the family.
Both Charlotte and Ads are considered high risk with regards to the Corona virus, so we have literally spent the last six months pretty much in and around the house. Things have somewhat gone back to normal now, but tomorrow I will be posting about those six months in lockdown 😊