Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Just like Jesus adopted ME

We've finally handed in the last of the paperwork (for now) and we are currently waiting on a phone call from the state. We've taken the classes, had the physicals, had 3 different people look at our home and now we just wait for the last, state walk-through. Then we are ready to have children come into our home.
We are going to be licensed foster parents. We hope to adopt. I have always loved the thought of adoption. I think around the first time that I heard the analogy of Jesus adopting me into His family, and it stuck with me, just how adoption must be a true part of living like Jesus; I have wanted to adopt one day.
My one day looked a lot different than Jesus' one day. In my mind, we would have 2-3 or even more of our own children. They would be older and we would be anywhere from 5-10 years from where we are now. BUT, God sped up that plan. Sometimes I'm still scared out of my mind about what it will be like to take "strangers" into my home. But then the other times, I can't wait to have other little smiling faces around our table and playmates for our little Pumpkin! There will be ups and there will be downs, just like with our biological son and just like we have in our relationship with Jesus. But just as we will always be a part of the family of God, the child/children will always be a part of our family.
If you have ever thought about fostering or adopting, I challenge you to look into it. There is quite the process to go through, but being where we are now, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be going in. There are a lot of children out there that need positive role models and good families in their lives.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Saving Money on Cleaning Products: Homemade Laundry Soap

Ok, so this will be the last of my money saving tips on cleaning products...for now anyway.
In January, I finally decided to take the plunge and make my own laundry soap. As far as saving money, I'm not sure how much I can or will save with the homemade stuff. In a little over a month, I've probably only used about a quarter of the soap that I ended up with. I usually bought the cheapo stuff because I couldn't bring myself to pay the price for the name brand laundry soap, so this seems to be better quality; I'm just not sure yet if I'll save that much money. If you do buy the name brand stuff, I can see how you would easily save money by making your own.
I will get back to you on what it comes out to once I run out or am getting close...they might be awhile. I filled one whole ice cream bucket and half of another and I've only used half of the half full a lot left! haha!
On that blog it said it lasted for 9 months, if mine lasts that long I will save money. I've already forgotten how much, but I remember I thought it would be worth it as long as it lasted about that long. So maybe by mid October, I'll be able to give you an update!