Thursday, May 7, 2015

Getting Back on the Roller Coaster

I've long neglected the 'Forever Friday's section of my blog.

For the past two years we've taken a break from the foster care roller coaster and settled into our 'normal' family life. With five littles it has been anything but calm, quiet and reflective. More like crazy, chaos and fun. I have loved it. And struggled with it... because you know on those *hard* days when you wonder if you're in over your head? Yeah. those. I am grateful though that in many ways our hard things are growing into different hard things. Ones I feel like I can manage. I'm almost done potty training all three littlest littles. And that is a victory for anyone. All of the kiddos will also be in pre- or elementary- school beginning next year. I can hardly believe how quick time is flying by.

Over the past year the idea of fostering again has grown in our hearts. Two of our beautiful forever children came to us through foster care adoption. While we do hope to grow our family someday adoption isn't our motivation this time around. We have room in our hearts and there are many, many children in our state that need a safe and loving home - even if its just for a short time.

We have prayed and thought this decision through carefully. The system isn't perfect. It can be a scary world sometimes for foster parents. We are trusting in God and His plan. And so this summer we are taking some foster education classes and attending CPR/First Aid instruction. Collecting little baby things since I had destashed most of what I've had. Obtaining physicals, letters of reference from friends and doing a few home repairs. This fall we are excited to bring a new little one or two into our home. We've already got plenty of brothers and a sister ready on deck.

Parenting little ones with trauma isn't an easy task or something I want to sugar coat. However, these children need us. So on to the roller coaster of ups and downs we go. I'll be posting more about our journey to re-opening our foster license over the next few months. I hope you'll check back often. If you are new around here be sure to click on the 'Forever Friday' tab at the top to see past posts including the adoption stories of two of our kiddos.


4 comments:

  1. Wow! Thoughts and prayers with your family as you jump back in! We are hoping to be able to do the same in a little while longer, not sure when, but hopefully in the next year or so! Can't wait to follow along on your journey :-)

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  2. "While we do hope to grow our family someday adoption isn't our motivation this time around. We have room in our hearts and there are many, many children in our state that need a safe and loving home - even if its just for a short time."-- <3 - such sweet words and hearts

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  3. Congratulations on making such a big decision and having such trust. Best wishes to your family!

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  4. Congratulations~ I adopted 2 older boys 10 years ago and thought I was done. A month ago we took in a 17 year old girl and I'm so happy, she loved the structure of our family and the security. Her sadness that comes from her family live is something she talks to me about everyday and I'm so glad to help her. That feeling is priceless so kudos to you for helping more children. You are right there is no way to sugar coat it, just being there helps so much..

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