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Fostering 101…Welcome J &J

Fostering 101…Welcome J &J

I know it's been a while.  Partly because life has been busy and partly because life has been hard and I honestly didn't want to blog about it.  I had my last blog title all picked out.  Miserably Happy.  I guess that is the best way I can describe what life feels...

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Our Own Kind of Hurricane….Hurricane Wilke

Our Own Kind of Hurricane….Hurricane Wilke

With all the talk of Hurricane Dorian over the past week, I realized just how similar my life is to a hurricane.  Sometimes we gain momentum.  Sometimes we stand still.  Sometimes our wind speed picks up.  Sometimes our winds die down.  Sometimes we think we are...

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A Glimmer of Hope…

A Glimmer of Hope…

Before we moved down to our new house in Florida, I knew I wanted to paint right away.  The colors that were painted in the house were more dark and earth tones.  Those of you that know me, know that dark earth tone colors are just not me!  After all, I drive a mint...

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Who said being brave was fun?

Who said being brave was fun?

Everyone always says, "Don't blink your eyes, your kids will be leaving for college before you know it."  Blah blah blah is what I thought.  When you have 7 kids in 9 years the last thing you can imagine is anything in the future.  Let's face it.  You are in survival...

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There is now a crib in our bedroom….

There is now a crib in our bedroom….

I wanted to give you an update on our Foster Care Journey here in Florida.  I know I mentioned it before, but the process is a bit different here from Wisconsin.  It took Dan and I almost 6 months to become a licensed foster care home in Wisconsin and to say I was...

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I thought the cockroach was bad…

I thought the cockroach was bad…

When we told people we were moving down to Florida, the most used tactic to try and get us to not move was the "Scare Susan With Bugs" tactic.  I heard it all.  Fire Ants.  Snakes.  Roaches.  Spiders. You name any large bug, I heard about it.   I would casually laugh...

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Be Still and Know….

Be Still and Know….

Well, I thought it was time for a Wilke Family update.  To say a lot has been happening would be an understatement.  However, at the same time that it feels like we have had a lot going on, it feels like time is standing still.  I don't know how else to explain it,...

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Thankful for the Scars…

Thankful for the Scars…

Hi.  It's me again, being an open book with real feelings.  You've been warned. Before we left Wisconsin, I spent the last few days trying to say "good-bye". It was all a bit of a blur.  How does one properly say good-bye to people they have done life with over the...

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13 Days

13 Days

13 Days. 13 days ago we left behind every single thing we knew. 13 days ago we said goodbye to family and very dear friends. 13 days ago we loaded 6 of our 7 kids into one van pulling a trailer driven by me, one Uhaul also pulling a trailer driven by Dan,  and one...

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“I gave you what you needed,”

“I gave you what you needed,”

Aside from this crazy move and the emotions that this is bringing to us all, I thought for sure God was done teaching me things and would give me a break from life lessons. I was wrong. These teal steps were one of my most favorite parts of our farm house. I remember...

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