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Friday, January 17, 2014

Winter Decor

Hello all,

We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all did too.

I know it's been a long time since I've blogged.
But, it is due to the fact that
our lives have recently become very busy.

I can only focus on one or maybe two things at a time. The first thing I've been focusing on is getting my house back to "normal" after the Christmas decor and parties.

The colour in this is terrible! It's in the same room as the photo below.

And the second thing I've been doing is getting my home ready and taking training for my new "job".

And what will that be, you may ask...well, we are going to become an emergency foster home for children who have come directly from being taken from their natural parents by CFS (Children and Family Services).

I love working with children and I love being at home, so I am putting these two things together and I will be a "foster mum" to two children at a time.

It is a very long and arduous process due to the training and such, but we are nearing the end, thankfully.

I may not be blogging as much from here on, but I will try to every once in a while.

Last Friday the youth leader in our church invited my husband and I to go skating with the youth group.
Our city has created one of the longest river skating trails in the world.
The temperature was about -10 C, it was very nice for skating.
The lights were twinkling, the cloud cover reflected the city lights back on us and it was a truly magical night!

It was nearing 9:00 at night in this photo,
and as you can see it was very bright outside.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will be around to visit you all over the next couple of days.


Anonymous said...

Bless you as you begin this new journey. How very wonderful.

I enjoyed seeing the skating rink too.

All the best to you in the new year. Mildred

Rebecca said...

Oh, that skating party sounds like so much fun (except for the cold)!

You have chosen such a challenging "job"....but how important your role will be. I pray much grace and wisdom for you both. One of our daughter and her husband are on an on-call basis for similar situations. They've actually adopted 2 children as well!

No, I don't expect we WILL be seeing as much of you :)

ANNE said...

Have fun skating! and what a great new direction you're taking. May it be filled with blessings!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am excited for you and so glad that you Re going to do this worthwhile thing! You are the best!



Brigitte Peetermans said...

Nice skating picture,

it is very light indeed
(being as late as it is)

Children are so wonderful,
so your new job can only be a succes!

Good luck and have fun.

nannykim said...

I have done foster parenting--it is a hard job. We had kids for various lengths of time. We also got ones that just needed to be put somewhere for a night or two. We had to deal with lice and scabies as well. It is a needful job for sure and the emotional things the kids are going through and have gone through are tough.

Love the skating rink!

It's me said...

Have dun darling...enjoy the weekend...x !

Millie said...

Cindy, I am sure you will be a wonderful example to those children...keep us all posted, please!

Nancy Wiebel said...

Hi Cindy,

I am not at all surprised that you and your husband will be opening up your home and your hearts to children who need you. What a wonderful thing to do.

Thinking of you and praying as you embark on this new journey!


Little Penpen said...

What a wonderful and selfless thing to do for the foster children. I can only imagine how afraid they will be when immediately removed from their homes or situations. God bless you and your husband for opening your home to them. The skating area is AWESOME....looks cold, though.

Diane said...

Cindy, what a wonderful plan you and hubby being foster parents. Sometimes the world needs strong anchors for children lost in a sea of scary storms. Bless your heart and hope all goes well.

Vintage Gal said...

Cindy ~ what a wonderful journey you are starting in 2014. May God grant you everything that you need to excel in this wonderful undertaking ~ God Bless ~ my prayers will be with you always. I think this is so wonderful that you are giving these little souls somewhere to go.


podso said...

The snow makes the night quite bright doesn't it? It looks so nice; I never was good at ice skating and wished I had been … but I could roller skate! Bless you for your new endeavor --that takes faith, guts and a lot of dependence on God, which is a good place to be. I'll look forward to hearing how you are when you have time to blog.

NanaDiana said...

Good for you, Cindy, for taking this on. There is such a need for those poor kids and you will be wonderful at it. God bless you. That skating "rink" is beautiful. xo Diana

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy and I've missed you. Bless your heart for becoming a foster parent. I know this is a special calling from God and you'll be blessed for helping these children. You post when you can and we'll be here.
Happy New Year,
Shelia ;)

Pamela Gordon said...

Cindy, that is such a wonderful thing that you and your husband will be doing. It will be stressful and also rewarding for you and the children in your care. God bless you as you start this new part of your lives. I love the photo of the river at night. It's so pretty and I'm sure the skating was awesome. We'll be here when you get the chance to blog once in a while. Take care. Blessings and hugs. Pam

Carla from The River said...

Hi Cindy,
We will be praying for you. We had a friend do this as well.

I love the ice skating idea. Amazing! I love the photo too.

Our prayers,

Cozy Little House said...

What you are doing is so wonderful! They need more like you.

Cozy Little House said...

What you are doing is so wonderful! They need more like you.

Pondside said...

It is so good to know that people like you are willing to take the training and make the commitment to helping children at such a disruptive time in their lives. Bless you.
I love that shot of you on the ice!

Nita Stacy said...

My house is still not put back together after Xmas. I'll be sorry to hear and see less of you but your new job is a very important one. I know you will be great at it!

Sharon de Jager said...

What an act of selfless love Cindy! I am sure your home will be a safe and loving haven for these children. I've taken down all the decorations, but I've left up the twinkly lights around the mirror, they look so pretty. That photo of the ice rink looks amazing! We had a mild winter this year, but lots of rain. Take care dear Cindy! xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I love that you are taking this plunge to help these young children. I can only imagine the tenderness, the compassion... and the strength this will require. I applaud your willingness to step forward. LOVE that XX hanging above your mantle. =) blessings and prayers for your endeavor ~ tanna

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Hello Cindy,
I can't think of anything more important than giving children love and care. You have chosen a wonderful job.
I love that you can go skating on a river! We used to skate at the lakes and ponds when I was a small child growing up in Denver, but it doesn't get that cold now. I've even noticed how much more mild our winters are up here in the mountains.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Gail said...

God Bless you and your husband Cindy! Those children will truly be blessed to have the both of you even if it's for one day. This post truly touched my heart!
Hugs to you my friend, Gail

cuori e perline said...

have you a wonderful weekend dear Cindy!

anangloinquebec said...

Well, as many have already said, you are truly remarkable and generous to take on this role of foster parent. I think those children will be fortunate, although they may not recognize that, they will one day. It is such a giving thing to do Cindy. I wish you all the best.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I can imagine that any child would consider your home a safe haven. Blessings to you and your husband as you take on this new ministry. You are an amazing person and I am honored to know you! ~Ann

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Wow Cindy! You are very, very brave, I pray for you and your new work, The world need people like you, Congratulations



Betty said...

I'm in awe of you Cindy, but it is the sort of job I would imagine you taking on.
It will take courage, patience and strength both mentally and physically. God bless you as you and your husband begin this new chapter in your lives.
Hope you will be able to fit in a blog post occasionally:)
A big hug,

Rhonda said...

I will miss you when you don't blog, but if I was a youngster needing foster care, it would so nice to come to your pretty and love filled home. I will be praying for you

Sarah Dusenberry said...

Hi, Cindy! Your home is just beautiful! I, too, have considered fostering children. I do hope you will be able to blog about your foster experience, without too many details, of course.

Marissa "Marathon" Stower said...

Hi Mom! Your house looks beautiful, warm, and cosy, as usual. Any child that gets to have you and Da look after them in such a loving place, is a very blessed one, that is for sure.
Love and miss you tons and tons!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

It sounds like you have been doing what's important in your life, Cindy! I know you will enjoy this new chapter...XO

RicKaren said...

Somehow I lost your link on my page. I missed you, so had to come looking for you! Blessings on your new adventure and mission in life, I am sure God will use you to bless these little ones!

Robin Johnson said...

Cindy you will be the best foster mom ever. I truly hope that you enjoy your new role, i just know you will be wonderful at it.

Your ice skating adventure sounds like so much fun!

Shabby soul said...

My darling friend if I understand the meaning of "emergency foster home"surely you will be the best mom ever! A so generous and sweet person!
Hope to hear from you and know more about your new occupation very soon.
Many many hugs

Special K said...

Dearest Aunt Cindy,
Always such a joy to take a little tour in your beautiful home. I love the ambiance of the lighting on your perfectly balanced mantle.
I'm so excited to hear about your new 'job'. I used to babysit for a woman who took in foster children. It had a great impact on me and is something I would love to do one day myself as well.
You remind me of my mom skating outside as we often did when I was younger here in Quebec. What a fun way to get in some great exercise.
Big hugs and lots of love,

Sheila said...

The children who are placed temporarily in your care will experience comfort understanding and compassion in your home,Cindy. it's a brave undertaking on your part but there is a need and you will be strong and loving. God go with you.

camp and cottage living said...

You are a true Canadian Cindy, skating in such cold temps!
I love that you are moving forward with a new and exciting adventure. I know the children will be blessed.
Please drop by and let us know what you are up to every now and then though!

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy. Hope all is going well with you and your new adventure. You're a treasure. It's always so nice to hear from you and have a nice weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pamela said...

I can't imagine a more challenging, yet rewarding job. I know your love will impact God's little ones.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your chest of drawer, even in this picture! The shape of the top drawers is really pretty.
But most of all I admire you for taking that "new job". I wish you all the patience of the world for it and I hope both you and the children will find happiness on this new path.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Thinking of you, my friend, and praying that all is well!



Rebecca said...

Thinking about you today, Cindy...wondering how many children may have already passed though you doors. Praying for much energy & wisdom for the challenge. May love abound!

Julia said...

Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.

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Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! I wanted to check in on you. I hope all is well with your new endeavor and I'll be waiting to hear how everything is going.
Shelia ;)

Sheila said...

I can only imagine how busy your days are now Cindy. hope your days are filled with smiles, love and laughter. I loved to see the book shelf and the welcoming area you have created for your foster children!

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