A look at the last few weeks (+ my goals for this week)


March 23, 2021 | Crystal paine

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Angry! It was quite a whirlwind for a couple of weeks! Jesse and Kaitlynn were on a school trip to Orlando and Kathrynne was on a school trip to Key West. Since I had a lot of media interviews and other projects related to my book launch, my mom came to us so she could watch Kierstyn during my interviews and spend time with us.

Kierstyn loved having so much time with Grandma! And I think Grandma probably really liked it too! 🙂

We enjoyed playing Farkle together – my first time playing it!

My mom made me these huge, amazing salads for lunch every day. I was so spoiled !!

My mother spent a lot of time reading and singing with Kierstyn. It was the cutest!

Tuesday evening we received a call that there was a cute little 7 month old boy with special needs who had been taken into custody and couldn’t find a foster home for him in his county. Would we be able to take him on as a long-term internship that night?

It was 9:30 p.m. Jesse and the girls were gone. I was already feeling tired and worn out. And yet I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that we should say yes.

I called Jesse in Florida and told him all the details. Without missing a beat, I heard him say, very confidently, “Yes!”

At 12:15 pm this cute boy was dropped off and my mother and I got a crash course in G-Tube feeding, Down’s syndrome, cleft lip / palate and much more!

Wednesday morning – although I had slept very little the night before! – I went to Dave Ramsey HQ to record a video segment about love-centered parenting with Christy Wright for their show.

I was grateful for the beautiful lighting that hid my tired eyes! 🙂 (Also, for some reason, I thought it was just an audio interview. I’m so glad I decided at the last minute to get dressed, fix my hair, and put on my makeup before I went this morning ran out the door !!)

She seemed to grow up overnight! And she took her role as a big sister very seriously!

The past two weeks have been hours and hours of phone calls and doctor visits, trying to track down doctors and medical records and details about this little boy’s case and learn his nursing protocol. We are very grateful for the incredibly helpful medical professionals who worked with us to compile his records and create a care plan (DCS didn’t have that much information when he was taken into custody).

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