Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

We are working on ways to spread the word of the ministry to get more donations as we are in the planning stages of setting up a second Faith Home Ministries home in Vermont for transitional youth.  The Maryland home needs upkeep as well. This is a process that will take time; to have both homes ready for residents, and funding to afford the upkeep and necessary construction. Meanwhile, we keep busy with the two girls in the MD home and working on the
upkeep of the MD house (with volunteers in spare time so a lengthy process). The first-floor bathroom tile was not properly installed with cement board backing and a leak rotted the wooden underlayment. Currently, we are working on removing all the wooden rotted floor, laying new wood, then cement board, then new tile-- in the first-floor bathroom. Further upkeep on the list includes fresh coats of paint, fixing broken thresholds, etc.  This keeps us busy until Spring when we focus on the basement construction. The picture is the current state of the first-floor bathroom!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Things have been busy


Please forgive the silence for so long. One of the girls has a significant health issue with correlating disabilities so things have slowed down in regards to taking more children.  We are down to two teenagers in the home and that is keeping me pretty busy!!!  I also went back to grad school (and graduated July, 2017) to get my Master of Social Work as one of the next steps for the ministry is establishing Faith Home Ministries homes nation-wide.  This will take much time, effort, research, planning, and resources that do not exist at present, in order to make this dream a reality.

More update later.  Our website mistakenly went down and we have to rebuild it so our website is currently a work in progress as we piecemeal our old website with the new website format.  I just realized I need to post pictures of the Costa Rica trip with the girls (from June and July, 2015) too; such great times!  More later.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016

Much great work is going on behind the scenes; so much so that I am so behind updating the website! Last summer I took two girls (the rest didn't want to brave the jungle as it is very primitive there), to live in Costa Rica to meet with a wonderful missionary family on our way to living and doing volunteer work at Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.  The girls and I spent six weeks working and my husband and one more daughter flew out for a week of fun, adventure, and family travel before flying home. I will need to upload pictures when I have some free time again.  What an amazing experience and adventure!!

Meanwhile, I am in graduate school to learn more about how to expand FHM nation-wide as well as become a clinical licensed social worker as a trauma-informed therapist. This requires a lot of my time and attention. I am hoping to graduate July, 2017.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

So Excited About This Summer Vacation

feeling Appreciative
Just finished booking everything for our summer trip to Canada with the girls; Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.  We are so appreciative of our faithful supporters for their amazing support without which there is no way we could make this trip happen! Thank you!! I am sooooo excited about the beautiful lifetime memories and experiences with the girls; different but akin to the Yellowstone National Park trip last summer. These experiences and memories will be with the girls forever.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Next Project Need

Lots of teenagers means lots of cars!  We have three girls in college now, all driving, so there is a need for many more parking spaces.  Between visitors, the girls, their friends and boyfriends, the front yard can be a muddy mess from people parking on the grass.  Our next project is to stabilize the grass with a special material used for parking spaces in which grass is planted on top of heavy duty material which allows cars to park on the grass but prevents erosion and a muddy mess. We are soliciting various companies with a similar product that allows this.  We need to raise the money to afford the product and  help with installation.  I will update when we know more.  One company is looking into the cost for us right now. There is often five cars parked, with visitors coming and going.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Yellowstone National Park vacation

The family went to Yellowstone National Park in July, 2013.  Thank you to everyone who made this trip a possibility, we are very grateful!  Everyone but Amanda was able to make it.  We flew into Billings, Montanna and drove to Gardiner, Montanna which was our home base.  We rented a house for a week.  It was the best time! Montanna is so beautiful.  We went horseback riding and rafting and lots of hikes and swimming in thermal rivers, etc.

Family Vacation to Yellowstone National Park photos