Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 8, 2018

Forgotten Friday | Our Foster Story

My father is the reason that I started fostering, and it is his memory that makes me dig deep on the tough days and remember why we do this.

My Dad was born the second child to a couple late in life. They already had a daughter, a golden child who could do no wrong. To make a very long story short, his parents never wanted him.  Not only that, but they made sure he knew it every single day.

Growing up I heard bits and pieces of his story, never a lot at one time. It was obvious that he still struggled with the pain that his parents inflicted on him as a child. He wasn’t abused, he wasn’t abandoned or left at a home.  He was clothed and fed and sent to school. He was musically inclined and earned extra money by playing in clubs and bands. As soon as he could, he left and never looked back.

I never knew my paternal grandparents, or my aunt or my cousins. I can’t understand how a parent can throw aside a child just because they weren’t planned, or repeatedly tell them they weren’t wanted.

My father made sure to tell my brothers and I every single day how much he loved us–even when we messed up. No matter how exasperated he would get, I never doubted that he loved us unconditionally–even when my brother crashed the tractor, or I flipped my car for the third time. {It was the snow, really!!}

He had a saying: “A child can starve with a full plate.” I finally understand what he meant.

When we were looking to expand our family and doors to international adoption were closed over and over, I was not convinced that foster care was the correct path for us.  After three {almost four!} years, I can say without hesitation, that this IS the correct path for us.

You see, I never want a child to feel unwanted or unloved, and if we can help prevent that one child at a time, then we are making a difference. I don’t want to see the look I saw too often in my father’s eye in the eyes of another child.

If you would, please pray for the moms who are unable to care for their babies, and for the babies who just need to be held and loved. Please pray that we will be able to shine God’s light onto those we meet on our path and that we will be able to be a positive influence on the babies and their families.

Aurie Good

Aurie Good is a mom of 5 incredibly adorable kids who keep her hopping all day long. She’s given up on eating a hot meal, showering without kids banging on the door and has yet to finish a sentence without interruption. A reluctant homeschool convert, she now homeschools her 2 daughters Sophie (10) and Isabelle (8) year round and somehow manages to keep up with the laundry, dishes and everything else.

A passionate advocate for foster care, she and her husband have been foster parents for the past 7 years and adopted their sons Samuel (4), Isaiah (2) and daughter Penelope (1) from the foster care system. When she’s not locked in the bathroom eating chocolate, she’s often blogging at Our Good Life.

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