I haven't been around here much lately-just not in a writing mood, I guess. I have 5 posts started but have not felt like finishing them. Oh well. It will pass-or I will just force myself to start again. Spring (and daylight savings time) is coming-and my mood will lighten with warmer weather and daylight. Guaranteed.
But here's the short version of what's new:
1) We are supposedly certified to foster. It has been a month and still no letter confirming that, despite several emails on my part.
2) Our profile was sent away for consideration for a toddler in need of a family. We never heard anything back-and that's the way it works. If you don't hear anything-they chose someone else. No polite kiss off letter-you just wait and wonder.
3) We inquired on another toddler posted on our state's adoption listings. The children there are typically "hard to place" for various reasons-age, race, large sibling group, medical and cognitive conditions. I know this-and can read between the lines about some of the problems not actually stated. What I knew about this child's "issue" probably meant several surgery and therapies- but would lead a typical kid life.. However, once we got more info we ended up "passing" on this little one. Sadly, what wasn't stated was a very serious medical condition that is just too far out of our comfort zone. Sigh. I knew it couldn't be "that" easy.
4) I started a partial "envelope system" to help us budget more carefully. I was always so pissed when I paid the bills to see just how much we spent using debit cards-the money just melts away without you realizing it. So I pay the bills and withdraw the next two weeks worth of food, house stuff and miscellaneous money. The debit card is only gas and prescriptions. The first 2 weeks went well, with only a little bit of overage spending on the debit card. The next 2 weeks will be a little rougher-since the bills are higher the 1st of the month-but I really feel we are on the right path here. With some thought I think I can balance everything-and stop nickel and dime-ing the savings account to cover our overspending.
That's the highlights....in the winter, I basically hibernate-so not much to say.