October already?!

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.

I’m kicking back with a hot cup of tea right now, confident that God’s got the overall plan for me – for all of us – under control!  But it’s hard to believe it’s already October – I better get to work on my part of the plan!

My focus this week: Enjoying my Boys
When a foster kiddo leaves, it really makes us appreciate our own very special family. And the blessing of Pooh, and how he came to us. And the fact that he LOVES having “friends” come live with us. Even though he really misses them when they are gone. This week, I want to focus on the blessings that both Pooh and P-Daddy bring to me.  Plus, it’s P-Daddy’s birthday this week, so woohoo – time for a celebration!!

Wishing we had not tried that new restaurant for dinner
Hoping that Tigger is enjoying his new (old) home
Planning for this 21 days to a more disciplined life challenge

What I accomplished this week:
I admit that it was a rough week for me, which is par for the course when one of our kiddos leaves. I get attached, and Tigger and I had a special bond. But I’m okay, and I’m just trusting that God will take care of him and watch over him every second of every day!  So I did not get nearly as much done as I wanted to.  But I did a bit, like these things:
Survived our foster kiddo leaving
Packed up all the clothes and toys for Tigger to take with him
Called the plumber and got the kitchen sink drain fixed – WooHoo!!
Cooked and prepped and planned
Enjoyed some family time
Took Dad to chemo and let P-Daddy and Pooh enjoy visiting Mamaw and Papaw

Language goals this week
Practice Spanish vocab with the iPad app
Use Spanish with Pooh in situations with predictable language
Speak Spanish to P-Daddy for at least 5 on 3 different days

From the Camera:

IMG_20130925_080656Such a silly Kiddo!IMG_20130926_080734Can you tell he’s got a thing right now for making faces?

IMG_20130925_112834Pretty much packed :-(


Skinny peanut butter chocolate, and cream cheese swirled chocolate nut slab


My great deals at Kroger this week, and the fixins for my Chili Cheeseburger Casserole

Menu Plan for the Week

I did a lot of cooking this weekend, so I think I’m pretty much ready for the week!  Here, I’m just listing our meals rather than marking them by day since that is sometimes a little easier for me. Meals here follow Trim Healthy Mama guidelines, and are marked as S (= Satisfying), E (= Energizing), and  FP (= Fuel Pull).

Pumpkin overnite oats and java chiller (FP)
Pumpkin baked oatmeal and java chiller (E, X2)
2 fried eggs, turkey bacon, coffee w/ cream (S, X2)
Frittata, coffee w/ cream (S, X2)

Kai si ming (S)
Chili Cheeseburger Casserole with Creamless Creamy Cabbage (S, X2)
Lean turkey and laughing cow on Wasa crackers (FP)
Seven Layer Southwest Salad (E, X2)
Beef and Bean Burritos (E, X2)

Out with DH – probably Vietnamese (um, nope, NOT on plan!)
Chili Cheeseburger Casserole and Creamless Creamy Cabbage (S)
Crabby patties with buttered broccoli (S)
Fuel Pull Pizza with lots of veggies (FP)
Steamed salmon with spinach (FP)
Tomato soup w/ toast (E)
Beans and rice (E)

Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
Wasa with Laughing Cow (FP)
Apple with 1 tsp peanut butter (E)
Chocolate pudding (FP)
Boiled eggs (S)
Greek yogurt with berries (FP)
Almonds and string cheese (S)

I’m linking up to Start Successful on Monday over at Felicia’s Red Door Life, to Menu Plan Monday over at Organizing Junkie, to Monday Coffee at The Move to America, and to Trim Healthy Tuesday at Gwen’s Nest and Stacy Makes Cents.




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6 thoughts on “October already?!

  1. I don’t know how you do it. I’m afraid I’d not be able to let any foster kids go ever. How wonderful for you to touch their lives when the need arises and be able to let go like that. I love the faces in those pictures!

    • Letting go is HARD! I can only do it with lots of prayer and trust that God has a plan for these little guys, and He will be faithful to complete it!

  2. I am having a hard time accepting that is October already also. Where has this year gone to?

    I think you are an amazing person and family for being foster parents. I can’t imagine how tough it is from beginning to end, so thank you for all you do for these children!

    Tomato soup is my go to comfort food. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese across the top with some parsley and oh my, I’m in comfort food heaven.

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