My heart is heavy today, friends. This week, I’ve had two encounters with people I know and love who are a part of the foster care system in the U.S. and IT’S JUST SO BROKEN. Urg. I could just sit down and sob about it. Even though God called us to adopt from China (because that’s where my girls were!), He has called so many of my friends to the foster care system here in the US and can I just say, YOU GUYS ARE MY HEROES! Seriously, if you’re out there and you have or are currently fostering, GOD BLESS YOU. One of my best friends, Meagan, blogged here last year about her experience fostering, and you know what? It was so hard. I’m just crushed for these kids, for these foster parents, for the whole system. So, my heart is heavy today. I am praying for you in the foster care world. You are selfless beyond words and I’m so thankful there are people like you, and I’m so burdened by the sweet kids you care for.
Anyway, I just had to say something. Fostering is hard. HARD. BUT if you are one of my readers out there and you feel called to do it, please don’t be discouraged. We are praying for YOU. If God is prompting your heart to be a part of this broken yet beautiful system, I urge you to. He will work out the details. He ALWAYS does.
So, it’s October at the Shull’s house. I showed you this picture last week, but then just now found this one…
…because this is my world. Right here. And I love every messy minute.
Last week, Madeley made the transition from high chair to big girl chair at the dinner table and she was PUMPED! We packed up the high chair and stored it away. We have four big kids now 🙂 .
This just made me laugh. This is them EVERY DAY. He would prefer to wear his underwear 24/7 and she cannot have enough layers on.
There was a big milestone at our house last week! Kensington got her first set of braces. Sigh. If you’re new around here, then maybe you don’t know that braces are the bane of my existence. I’ve had them three times. As an adult. You can read all about it HERE. So, now, it’s the children’s turn 🙂 . We have been watching two of Kensington’s teeth for over a year now and they just won’t drop down (they’re halfway up in her gums), and now, they’re causing some other problems (crowding, other teeth scooting over in their place, etc), so she got these babies put on. They think she’ll wear them for a year and then get another set when she’s in middle school. I just love these girls of mine!
She could not wait to get back to school to show her friends!
This girl. She has my heart.
Oh wait?! He does too! My sweet nephew Samuel came to stay three nights with us last week. It was a fight for his attention the whole time!! Everyone loves them some Samuel!!
Erika and I decided to wake up early and take all of the kids to Canton. I know I’ve told you about Canton before…but here’s a refresher: it’s a city about an hour and half-ish (it took us two hours because of traffic) from our town in East Texas and one weekend a month, they have this HUGE flea market type event. It’s always fun to visit Canton, but it’s never more fun than the fall because they have all of their Halloween and Christmas stuff out to buy! So, we left our houses at 7:00 AM and headed east with these five cuties!
Samuel is 15 months and Madeley is days away from being three…but they are TWO PEAS IN A POD! Samuel doesn’t say a ton of names, but he for sure can say Madeley 🙂 . They’re just so cute together!!
We headed home at 1:00, so that we were back to pick up the big kids at school. It was such a fun day!
Home from school and ready to cuddle her little cousin.
Lunch the next day. Smith loves Samuel too 🙂 .
We celebrated October 1st with pumpkins on our clothes! I bought these outfits at a boutique on our town square. Brace yourselves…it’s going to be nothing but pumpkin wear for the next month. #cantstop #sostinkincute
We decided to be fun on Sunday night and head to our square for pizza. I sat next to this guy.
That face! And side note: Madeley loves cheese. Brie and Parm for the win before pizza.
Headed out the door with my big kids on Monday morning to drop them off at school. This girl is just sweetness. (And side note, Boden has so many cute Halloween tops and dresses this year! My girls stocked up on the spooky fun!)
After I dropped off the big kids, I came back home and grabbed these two for a walk.
As we were walking, Ashby asked me if she could run instead, so she hopped out and off she went. She is just so darn active, full of energy and endless determination.
Being able to walk to Starbucks from our house is such a treat!
And then…on Tuesday, Simmers came out!! Eeeks! These four are my greatest JOY!
That’s a look at life lately. xo