Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big news

Just got an email from Lil Sis's attorney. The tribe got their affidavits in & rights have been terminated on both parents. So we can move forward to adoption.

While I know this hurts her mother so much, this is a huge step towards helping her feel secure, which is a major part of helping her heal.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Busy, Busy

Lately, there have been a lot of building projects going on. I didn't plan on them all happening at the same time, but that's how it happened.

I'm a big fan on Freecycle & managed to get a load of pressure treated lumber. Free stuff is great. Free lumber is a miracle. So, my older boys (11 & 13) helped me build a new set of bunks for the boys' room.

They love their new beds & I'm happy because it's way more stable than the metal loft bed that was in there previously. 

And, because I despise throwing anything away, I turned the loft bed into a greenhouse. I have to say, I'm happy with the results so far. We're still harvesting peppers, even though we've already had a freeze & my garden is now gone. My greenhouse may actually help me to not hate winter.

Our other big build was a chicken pen. Our city allows us to keep a few backyard chickens. The kids' old swing set frame was bent & no longer safe, but it makes a great frame for a coop. I also covered one end with a plywood roof, covered in shingles fashioned from aluminum cans. It's ugly, but functional. And I'm happy to have some birds again.