Thankful for Coloring

There is a flurry of activity around my house these days, as you can imagine, and I am so behind on work. But I set aside 10 minutes to just sit and remind myself to be thankful for the chaos and all the changes that are coming my way and while I was sitting and thinking and being thankful, I made this coloring sheet.

Print it out and spread it around the kids table this Thanksgiving. Or hand one to that relative who will not stop complaining all day as a gentle reminder. Or save it as your phone’s wallpaper. The possibilities are ENDLESS!



An Announcement

Without giving away details of case information or giving anyone the illusion of certainty (no such thing as certainty in foster care), we have some transitions coming up.

My heart is overflowing with hope because there’s a chance we will be welcoming a new baby into our home sometime this spring! It could be just a few months away.

There are a million “what-if” scenarios of how this could NOT happen, but we are hoping that God will provide this baby with a safe and loving home, and we are really really hoping that that home is ours. Which brings me to my next announcement.

The Hagens are moving! It’s about 5 minutes down the road from where we live now, but it is is literally double the size of our current place. I have been dreaming of more space ever since our foster care calls started pouring in and I realized we didn’t have space for more kiddos. Little house, big heart. So with the possibility of a baby as early as late winter/early spring, we jumped.

So, my praying friends, I’m asking you to rally again.

Specific requests:
that the baby due this spring is healthy and safe while in the womb
that we would have the chance to bring the baby home with us
that the transition of moving to a new house again will not cause D to fear abandonment
and that we will physically be able to pack super quickly (we may be moving very very soon…)

So there you have it. The daily Hagen roller coaster has launched.

Ready, Set, November

I am guilty of playing in to the glorification of busy. I try not to, but I catch myself filling up my days with too too much. Days of too much turn into weeks of too much. November is busy, but a good busy, because we are busy relaxing. I just got back from a quick weekend trip to Huntington, West Virginia to help my friend Lillian shoot a wedding. We brought a couple friends along and had the best time!

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I ate shrimp and grits at a place called Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar. They talked me into grits, I had never had them before, and I am a changed 3 photo 4 photo 5

We have two court dates this week for D, and then we’re leaving town again for vacation! Dave’s brother and his family live in the Philippines and while they are home for a few months, we are driving back to MO to spend some time with them. We miss them so when they are gone! Really looking forward to some rest and relaxation with family. Then we’re home for a week and then we’re gone again for Thanksgiving. Good thing I have most of my Christmas shopping already done. I feel like it’s already January!