Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

House update April 18, 2010

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So just in case you don’t know what’s going on with the house thing, let me catch you up to speed. Our house is still for sale. We’ve had some interest but no offers yet. We found a house that we really like and are hoping that we’re able to get. The reason we went ahead and made an offer is because if we have a contract by the end of April and we’re able to close by the end of June we will *probably* be eligible for a $6500 tax credit. It’s kind of a long shot that things will fall into place so that can happen. But if we don’t have an acceptable contract by the end of April then there’s no chance at all. So we are just really hoping that the right family comes along in the next few weeks and decides that our current house is the house for them.


This is the house we’re hoping to get. It’s just pretty perfect for us. It has everything we need and more but it’s not over the top or out of our means. But if this one doesn’t work out we know there will be another one that will work too.

 

Ripping off my own blog

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I was thinking about this post the other day for some reason. And I just like it so much that I’m deciding to post it again. I can do that, right? I wrote this on my old blog back in March of 2006. Enjoy but don’t get mad if you’re a 110%er.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006


80%er


I like to call myself an 80%er. That to me means that I put forth an average of about 80% effort in my daily life. The effort or attention with some things may be higher or lower, but just on average, about 80% overall. I was perfectly happy with B’s in school, especially if I didn’t have to study to get them. I’m comfortable with a few dirty dishes in the sink at any given time. I expect myself and others to screw up several times a day. I am not hard on myself when I do screw up because I know it’s coming and I’m fine with it.


But then you have the 110%ers and those people really confuse me. I don’t understand them. And they do not understand people like me. They think we’re lazy or incompetent and we think they need to take a pill or buy looser underwear. I think that most 110%ers wish they could be 80%ers but they just can’t for any number of reasons. And I think most 80%ers wish they could get away with being 50%ers but they know they would starve and have no place to live.


The world needs 110%ers to do the work that the 80%ers really don’t feel like doing or don’t think is important enough to mess with. The 110%ers create extra work for themselves to do while the 80%ers think of creative ways to pawn their work off on the 110%ers.


If you are a 110%er, thanks for all you do to make my life easier.

 

2 years ago (2 days ago) – Our adoption story April 9, 2010

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So I’m two days behind on this post. Two years ago (2 days ago) the baby “M” who was placed with us at birth became our forever son. Two years ago (2 days ago) we went to the Brazoria County Court House and, literally surrounded by loving friends and family, we rose our right hands and pledged to be Mikey’s forever family. Two years ago (2 days ago) our VERY long and painful journey to have a second child was complete. Two years ago (2 days ago) was one of the top three joy filled days of my life. Our friend Maury took pictures for us that day.








I really wish I could describe what it feels like to adopt a child. It’s just something that, unless you’ve experienced it yourself, you just really can’t understand. It’s like trying to describe what it feels like to be a parent to someone who is not a parent. They can kind of get it but not completely. It’s a miraculous thing to have your biological child placed in your arms and feel instant and complete love. It’s a miracle to know that you would gladly give anything, including your own life, for that child. Becoming a parent is just miraculous. But feeling those same feelings for a child that is in no way biologically related to you is just even more miraculous. It’s just really hard to grasp unless you’ve experienced it first hand.


Many of you who follow this blog have been around from the beginning of our journey to Mikey. But some of your weren’t and you may have wondered. And honestly, it’s a really long story with lots of twists and turns, some of which I’m not going to get into right now.


I was interested in adoption long before we started the process to adopt. I always watched the adoption shows on TLC and even if I had already seen a certain episode I would watch it again. In a span of just under 2 years Phillip and I went through a very dark time where we lost 4 pregnancies. Although we could have possibly conceived and carried another biological child to term, it became painfully evident that it was just not very likely. After those four losses we took medical steps to prevent any further pregnancies. With each loss we lost a little bit of ourselves. We could not emotionally or physically handle it anymore.


When we accepted that we would not be able to have any more biological children, adoption was a natural next step for me. But Phillip did not feel the same way. I’m not writing this to pick on Phillip at all. I’m writing this so you can see how God can change a heart. I decided I would go to an information seminar put on by Family Life Ministries about adoption. I decided that I would go with out without Phillip. My good friend Andrea said she would go with me so I didn’t have to go alone. But when I told Phillip that I was going to this he decided to support me (humor me) and be there with me. I really need you to realize that at this time Phillip did not think that adoption was the right thing for us. Within less than an hour of being at this seminar we both were weeping and felt very strongly that this was not only something that we wanted to do but something we had to do. And that is not because we were brainwashed or bombarded by adoption propaganda. It’s because we saw stories and videos of families just like us embrace their child for the first time. We saw the instant love on their faces. It was truly amazing.


At first we considered international adoption but ultimately decided to foster to adopt through Child Protective Services. After about 6 months of waiting for “the call” it came on January 11th 2007 at about 3:00 that afternoon. By 5:30 that same day we had a newborn baby boy in our home. Let me rephrases that. We had one of the most beautiful babies we had ever laid eyes on in our home. But he wasn’t legally ours until he was 15 months old. That 15 months was filled with a lot of uncertainty and there were days I was scared to death we would lose him.


Two years ago (2 days ago) Mikey became legally what we knew in our hearts since the day he was placed in our home. He legally became our son. We changed his name to Micah Benjamin Hintze. Micah means “Who is like God?” Who but God could orchestrate such a beautiful story? Who but God could lift us out of the depths of despair that we were in and give us hope? Who but God could take this helpless baby who had not a soul in the world and give him a vast group of not only family but friends who loved him unconditionally? Who but God? His first name reminds us that there is none like God. His middle name, Benjamin, means “son of my right hand” or “favored son.” Mikey is not a second choice. He is not an afterthought. He is not a consolation prize. He is in every way our son just as Jackson is in every way our son. And while neither of our boys is “the favorite” we always want Mikey to know that he is ours. God intended him to be ours from before he was even conceived. His name is not just a cool name. His name tells a piece of his story. And when he is old enough to begin to understand it, we will tell him the rich story of how he came to be who he is.


If you have never thought about adoption, maybe you should consider it. If you think you could not love a child who is not yours biologically, maybe you should reconsider. I believe there are children in our country and internationally that God desires to place in the homes of loving parents. Adoption is not just for people like us who can’t have biological children. Adoption can be for anyone who will willingly open their hearts and minds to what God has for them. I’m not saying that everyone should adopt. Everyone should not adopt. But I do think that many more people should think about it, read about it, pray about it. I wish more people could feel what I feel when I wake up every morning to this face and know that he’s ours. He is our gift. We are his gift. We are each others’ promise that we are not forgotten by the One who set our lives in motion.


 

A worthy distraction April 7, 2010

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A few weeks ago these kids of mine came into my office while I was working and I got very distracted. And now I’m finally getting around to putting the pictures up.




















Sometimes being distracted is a very good thing.

 

Saturday morning thoughts April 3, 2010

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Fifteen minutes early for a senior session at Quintana Beach. I hope she shows. I’m always a little worried people won’t show up but they always do. It’s foggy this morning. Hope that doesn’t negatively affect the pictures. I don’t really like bringing my equipment out here but it’s just kind of necessary. I showered this morning and put on clean clothes even though I’ll get filthy. I always do. Also just one of those necessary things. While I’m here photographing a stranger other strangers will be looking at our house, walking from room to room, sizing it up. That’s kind of a weird feeling. It looks like the sun is coming out a little bit. Still 10 minutes before I have to be here. Guess I’ll go walk around and think creative thoughts.

 

P.S. Read your kids notes April 1, 2010

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Mikey, Jack, and I ate lunch at Whataburger earlier today with some friends. I had to leave Whataburger early to get Mikey to school so Jack stayed with the friends at Whataburger who thankfully got him to his homeschool co-op class after lunch. Mikey and I left Whataburger at 12:05 to allow plenty of time for me to get him to his school by 12:25. UNTIL….I opened his backpack in the parking lot to make sure he had an extra pair of shorts and underwear when I saw THE NOTE!!!


*Reminder* Send 12 plastic eggs with treats for the Easter egg hunt on April 1. Please do not send candy or sweet treats.


“Oh holy crap!!!”


Okay so I went in Dollar General since we were right there to grab some little goodies and plastic eggs. I grabbed some cheapy little toy things but they didn’t have any plastic eggs. Crap again! So I walked next door to Hobby Lobby to get plastic eggs. Then back in the car I began to fill plastic eggs while driving Mikey to school. “Okay, we’re good! I pulled this off. We’re not going to be late.” I hate being late.


But the toys I got wouldn’t fit in the plastic eggs that I bought. So we went in Walgreens to either get smaller toys, which they didn’t have, or larger eggs, which they did have. BUT…these eggs were still not quite large enough to close with this toy inside. Crap again!!


At this point I texted Phillip and asked him to e-mail Mikey’s teacher to tell her we would be late….scratch that….tell her he won’t be there at all. “Dang it!” Called Phillip to tell him not to text her at all. He asked what was wrong and I told him I didn’t want to get into it so I hung up on him but I didn’t really hang up on him. I left him in my lap saying…”Hello?? Are you still there?? Hellllooo??” Until I realized it and then I hung up on him for real.


Okay so then we go to Kroger where I finally find just enough playdough eggs for his class which means I won’t be using all of the other stuff that I bought at the previous THREE stores. While we were in line to pay Mikey said he needed to tee-tee. I said, “Of course you do.” But I made him hold it until we got to the truck where I let him pee in the parking lot, which reminds me, I need to go wash my hands.


I finally got Mikey to school at 1:00, only 30 minutes late.


Read your kids notes, people. Read your kids notes BEFORE you’re about to drop them off at school.

 

What to do….what to do??

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This is a homeschool post.


So this year has gone okay so far. I could have and probably should have done a lot of things differently. We’ve had lots of stinky days. We’ve had lots of days that I thought I was doing more harm than good. But we’ve also had some really great days. We’ve spent a lot of time together this school year that we otherwise would have. I definitely don’t regret our decision to homeschool Jackson this year. I have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t.


But now the problem I’m facing is when do we send him back to public school. We know we’re homeschooling next year for 3rd grade. I feel about 97% sure that I don’t want to do this through high school. And I know that I don’t have to make the decision now and I know that we need to think about it and pray about it and all that stuff. But I know that some of you reading have had kids go through Rasco and LJI and if that’s you, I would really like your input. That doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily going to take your advice but I would like to hear what you have to say. I don’t know if it would be better to send Jack back to public school when he starts Rasco or when he starts LJI. And if he’s going to go to Rasco then maybe I should send him back in 4th grade so he can make some friends before I throw him to the wolves at Rasco.


So what are your thoughts? And if you are 100% anti-homeschooling (like I used to be) then try to keep an open mind.