And It All Piles Up…

Ever have one of those days or even weeks where you have dishes piling up, a bathroom to be cleaned, floors to be swept and washed, dusting to be done, laundry to wash and put away, etc. but have no motivation to do anything about it all?  Life just kind of takes over and by the time you get home from work or running your errands, you just want to relax.  Ugh, that’s what we’ve been going through.  Jason’s been working overtime most weekends and he plays dartball 2 times, sometimes 3 times, a week.  I guess that means he has a bit of an excuse for not getting house work done. haha  As for me, I have been under the weather for the past couple weeks and now that I’m feeling better, I simply have no motivation.

In general, I’ve always been an early to bed and early to rise type of person. I usually like to catch up with my housework and prep meals in the early hours so that after work dinner is ready and the house is presentable.  Lately, I just don’t have the energy or motivation.  I see all of what needs to get done, and try to do something about it but then lose interest.  This is pretty unusual for me since I’m usually a “Type A” person and like things perfectly perfect.  Then the nights that Jason is actually home, I like to spend time with him.  Can’t blame me for that, right? haha

Well, guess what is planned for this weekend?!  Jason is working overtime both Saturday and Sunday, and I get to catch up with housework.  After the house is presentable, I get to start going through stuff in our basement and downsizing some more.  Now that we have a closer deadline to work towards, with our meeting with the adoption rep and all, it gives me a bit of motivation to get house projects done and clear out the house more.  Maybe if I am really ambitious I can FINALLY finish texturing and painting our kitchen and stairwell area walls.

A few years ago we started big house projects.  I’m talking about a new roof, new driveway, tore out our finished basement due to water damage from the old driveway, new glass block windows in the basement, removed all the carpeting from the main floor to expose the wood floors, completely gut and remodeled our bathroom, new kitchen sink, repainted all the walls on the main floor (besides the kitchen), painted about half of our basement walls (still have to finish the rest), chimney completely torn down and rebuilt, etc.  I can’t remember everything right now, but we’ve been doing a lot of stuff.  We still have a decent size list of things that still need to be done.  Let’s not forget the items that need to be complete before our homestudy process begins so we get to be approved faster (i.e. install a bunch more smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, etc.).  We’re hoping to check a few more things off our list before some kiddos come into our home.  I feel like there is always something to be done when you own a home.  Now I just have to get myself moving! And yes, Jason does help out, too.  Who said being an adult would be fun? haha

Can you relate with the never-ending list of things to be done?  Are your homes always perfectly clean and ready for company?



Feeling Overwhelmed

From:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We’ve been doing a lot of research about adoption, ways to raise money, what’s needed to apply for grants or loans, etc. There are so many things going through our minds. It’s hard to take a step back and just breathe and move forward slowly, one step at a time. We fully understand that adoption is a long process, but it’s so hard to move slowly when you have been wanting a family for so many years.  Our biggest worry is money.  Obviously the majority of new parents fear about finances; how will you provide for your child?  For us, it’s more about, how will we be able to afford the costs of adopting?  Seeing the numbers for adopting is eye opening and very overwhelming.  Trying to hold on to faith and trust that God will provide.

Many may be wondering why we are waiting before contacting an adoption agency.  We’ve been in the middle of house projects and we would prefer to have most of the inside stuff done before we go through a home study. We want things to be ready and safe for a child to come into our home.  We have a checklist of items that need to be done before we can successfully pass a home study. So that’s what we’re working on for now.  We will hopefully meet with an agency soon (we are fairly sure which agency we will be going with).  From what we have read, once we meet with the agency, we have to go through an orientation class, fill out a ton of paperwork and get ready for the home study.

So besides our house projects, we continue with getting things ready for our adoption fundraiser/rummage event.  I contacted our church secretary, so now we wait for available dates for the event.

We have many busy days ahead of us, so keep checking in for updates.