Monday, December 31, 2012

Good way to start off the new year

We got some terrific news regarding baby k. While we still expect her to leave in the next 2 weeks, she is going to be in an excellent position. We are excited that our prayers for her have been answered in such an awesome way.

The next 2 weeks will be rough as we prepare for her departure. But, we have hope and trust that she'll be raised in such a way that will keep her on a path to meet us in heaven.

Praise be to God!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Elinor Christmas Dance Performance Videos

Below are a couple of videos of Elinor performing a ballet dance solo. She is getting so big!

The first video is from Dec. 16th at Weymouth Community Church.  The second video is from Dec. 23th at the LifeChange Campus of Weymouth Community Church. Thanks and enjoy!




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Preparing to say goodbye

Have you ever had the feeling of impending doom?

Yesterday will be a day I will remember for a long time, and not for good reasons. We were notified that our only foster child will be moving on in the next few weeks.

Saying goodbye will be the hardest part. Watching her leave, will be a gut wrenching experience. All the stuff related to getting her ready to go, will be like pieces being cut out of my heart one by one.

She will know something isn't right, but not really understand. One day someone will come to pick her up, and take her away. She may never hear our voice, smell our breath, or see our faces again. She will be legally kidnapped; whisked off to live with a foreign family she has never met.

We likely to be done being a foster parents. We'll stay in the system long enough to make sure that a broken child isn't returned to us. But we cannot willfully participate in a system that hasn't caught up with the latest medical research on mental health. We will find other ways to advocate for kids that need help.

Thanks for your prayers friends. If you have a few spare ones, send them up on behalf of baby K.

Monday, December 17, 2012

What we have been up to for the last year . . .

In 2011 Emily and I embarked on a new life adventure. The adventure was to become foster parents. To make a long story short. We got licensed in the fall of 2011 and got our first placement (a new born from the hospital) shortly there after.

Well, over a year later we still have the first placement with us, and last few months have been trying as her long term situation is sorted out.

We covet your prayers for this child at this time. There are some big decisions coming in the next few days and we are powerless to influence them.

This is a complete trust God moment. We trust that whatever the results, we will meet this child in Heaven someday.

Thanks for praying.

Doug

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thoughts on . . . .

Well, Apple of course.

I probably spend too much time thinking and analyzing Apple, Inc.  While most would label me an ifanboy, and rightfully, so, I think I'm cognizant of the market they play in as a whole, and recognize good things from other places.

That being said, I think 2013 will prove to be a very interesting year.  Tim Cook let the company run "as Steve left it" for a year.  A wise move. Now he has reshaped the executive list to better fit his style and way of thinking.  It will be interesting to see how this team releases products and what types of updates they think are important.

Apple will get new pressure this year from the mass of Android devices.  Also, MS is making a huge push with Surface and Windows Phone 8.  If Apple maintains it's lead in revenue in its ecosystems then they'll be fine.  If it slips with MS and Google devices gain market share and revenue share, then Apple will find itself on the ropes again in short order.

Personally, I think they'll be fine. However, it will be an interesting year.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My yearly update.

This is my yearly blog post.

As you may have noticed, some things have changed. My blog has moved to blogger and got a design update. I hope in 2013 to use this more for family related content. See you again next year

Doug