May 20, 2016

April was a month of adventures and a road trip.
My husband and I are in the process of becoming certified foster parents. I have said many times I am not ready for an empty nest and I God has opened some possibilities for us to bring in a child or two into our home on a temporary basis.  Right now we are doing Respite care for foster families that need a break or a helping hand.  I love having young kids back in the house but I have also found my limitations to what I can realistically do. God knows my heart and my wanting to be a foster mom for a long time and now seems like a good time for us to seek this path. It is a slow long process so I will keep folks informed as our journey unfolds. 
April also was a big month as I celebrated a major birthday, flew to Kansas with my husband a first for us as we never been a plane together and then drove back with my daughter and son in law and got them some what settled in Washington State.  I love road trips where I can explore and not have to keep a schedule which this road trip didn't allow for.  I was disappointed at first but it was fun and adventurous from freeway to freeway thru many states in a very short time. I look forward to exploring Washington State more.
As May comes to a closes and June approaches I realize that I have been on Humira now for 6 months and although I haven't been able to wean off of the Imuran (immune suppressant) I have notice some improvements. My joints don't hurt as much and I am spending far less time in bathrooms then in the past. The down side is that I catch everything that goes around germ wise and it is taking a little longer to bounce back then before.  But I have energy again and feel some what normal for a change.
 The photo I choose to open this post up with is a view of the Rocky Mountains in the rear view mirror of the moving van.  As we drove thru the Rockies I was in awe at God's handy work.
 The beauty that rocks, ash and dirt God made in the Rockies is awe inspiring.  I was sad to see it disappear in the rear view mirror.
I don't know if we will be certified as foster parents. I don't know if my kids will stay in the Pacific NW.
But I do know God is in control.
I know God has gone before me
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." -Deuteronomy 31:8
I know I don't need to fear the future or live in the past because all things work for His good. As long as my heart and my prayers are for His glory things will work out. God is with us no matter where we are in our journey God is with us!
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
God hears our prayers
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 1 John 5:14 
He heard my prayers about my desire to be a foster parent and is answering it in His time. Trust Him, Pray about your heart desires He hears you and He will answer you in His time. Have faith and enjoy today for what today is not what tomorrow might bring or what the past was. But live today for today and thank God for it.
Here is some more photo's from the road trip.
 Yoder Kansas

 Mt. Rushmore

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Never forget yesterday, but always live for today, because you never know what tomorrow can bring, or what it can take away.:

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