And I thought the chickens made a lot of poop..

Whew.  I am sitting on my couch now, and it is silent in my house. It is the first time I have had complete silence in a week. Don’t get me wrong, I am not at all complaining. Having the twins here with us was wonderful, and really a learning experience for myself and my husband.  This last week we did two separate twin respite placements (separately), and this place was super busy. We were up to our elbows in formula and poop, but I know that God is blessing us exponentially.  I had my first “oh, I will just hop in the car with the kids and run to the grocery store” experience this week, and while all three of us made it out of the store alive (barely!) I might plan out my excursions a little better next time. I called my mother that day, after the girls had gone down to nap and thanked her for all she has done for me and my brothers and sisters, it wasn’t until this trip that I fully understood what it was to be a woman who takes out her children in public even though they outnumber her.

Two days into our respite placement for the girl twins, I received a call for about a long-term placement for newborn twins. (Apparently our DCFS file has been tagged that we take twins!) On Wednesday May 18th we signed the paperwork for a long term placement for these babies. Both were born several months premature, and so both are still in the Neonatal ICU, and will probably be there several more weeks. (For privacy purposes here, we will call them M and E) We have been visiting them daily, and they are doing well, both working on gaining some weight and bottle feeding before they will come home with us.  M is a beautiful little girl, born a little smaller than her brother E, but according to the Doctor I spoke with this morning, both doing very well and progressing wonderfully. We are very excited, but also very nervous. Newborn twins we certainly be a handful, but we know that God doesn’t give us more then we can handle. These babies will likely be with us for several months, potentially longer, so please be praying for us to be listening to God’s guidance and wisdom in the situations and decisions that might present themselves. And be praying that God will give us hearts full of love, more than enough to give to these little ones.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rachel on May 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

    God is so good! Gosh that post and pictures just makes me so happy for you two!!!!!! Praying for you and for M & E! =)


  2. Posted by Lindsey on May 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Abbie, you are a woman of God. I love it! I am excited for the journey
    you and Joel are starting. I just made friends with a woman how was fostering, and is now adopting a boy who is terminal. She was so encouraging and just like you said, God does not give us more than we can handle. I will be praying for ya’ll and I know that God is faithful.


  3. Posted by Grammy on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Not a day goes by that I am not amazed and proud of Abbie and Joel. What an adventure you are undertaking. Two sweet spirits that have come to be a part of your lives. They are blessed to have you. You also will have many blessings come to you because your selfless commitment to help out these precious babies. May they continue to grow stronger each day and beable to come into your home and feel the love they are so deserving of. Love Grammy


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