In my most excited voice, I say “I’m bbbbaaaaaaaaaccckkkk.”
After 8ish months away from blogging, I’m ready to come back to it. I never intended to stop blogging. If I had planned to, I would have posted a farewell. And I’ve wanted to write and start back for quite awhile. But the reason for this big time gap is life. Man, we’ve been busy. Lots and lots of life happening around here. And it’s wonderful. It’s so nice to have a full house — one that’s full of life — after having had an empty house, a sad house. I’m assuming that most of you know what I’m talking about, although that assumption may not be correct.
This time last year Tommy and I started the process of becoming a foster family. We started attended training classes in July, through August. Then we began our home study. After several weeks of visits and interviews, we finally received our home study write up. Then we were approved as a foster family in November. It’s been non-stop since then. We started getting calls for placements the very next day after finding out we were approved. About 2 weeks later we took in our first placement — a teenage girl. She was only here for a short while until they found another home better suited for her needs. Then right after she left we got our little girl (still with us!). A month after that we got a newborn. We brought him home from the NICU when he was still weighing 4 pounds!! He was tiny and precious. He stayed with us for 4 months and then he went to family. We have another baby in our home now who is so sweet! We are really thrilled to have 2 girls here with Jack!
Things are going well. Right now we are tired. Tommy has been working a lot, and I’ve not been sleeping a lot. But everyone is doing great. Considering all that baby girl has been through, she is doing remarkably well! I could write a hundred blog posts on foster care. And I just might one day. I’m limited right now by confidentiality agreements, but additionally, I want to protect the hearts, the stories, and the people behind them. My kids have been through a lot. All of my kids have. Jack has lost a brother and adjusted to being a big brother to kids who have high needs. He’s also done amazing at saying hello and goodbye to new brothers and sisters. He’s the best. It goes without saying that our 2 foster daughters have been through a lot in their lifetimes. I’m not equipped to help our children, but I pray every day God will help me. The responsibility of parenting this tribe is not lost on me.
That’s a quick little catch up on our life. I have missed you all. I’ve missed this community, and communicating with friends here. I’m looking forward to being back and writing again — as often as I can.
Happy Monday and I hope your week gets off to a good start!