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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 5, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Me?

“Me?”  I hear my two year old say this multiple times a day. “Pick up your toys.”……. “Me?”  “Eat your food.”……. “Me?”  “Can I hug you?”……. “Me?”  “You look pretty.”…… “Me?” On and on it goes, even when no one else is in the room.  It’s cute for a little while, but quickly gets annoying.  And tonight, as I’m holding her, I find it all too familiar.  I can almost here myself saying it to God. “Are you struggling?” …… “Me?”   “Give me your heart.” ……. “Me?”  “Trust Me.” ……. “Me?”  “You are forgiven.” …… “Me?” And the list […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Workers, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 29, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: Glimpses of Goodness

“Can I show you something?”, a foster-mother asked as I entered her home to check on the teenager living with her.  “Sure”, I said.  She ran to the kitchen, grabbed a letter, and handed it to me.  “It came in the mail today”, she said in a soft tone and gentle smile. I unfolded the hand-written letter, and began to read it.  The letter was written by a former foster child who lived in her home for less than one year.  He told her that he had gotten in serious trouble since he left her home, and had to pay […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 22, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: The Christmas Story as You’ve Never Heard It

I can’t guarantee that I won’t cry a few times while writing this. But here it goes. For the past 10 days, we’ve been opening up one “advent” bag every evening over dinner. Each bag contains four pieces of candy and a piece of paper containing 1-2 verses of the Christmas story told by St. Matthew in his gospel. The first two days were a little boring for our 4 boys. I mean, Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem? A Roman emperor taxing people? What does this even mean for little kids who’ve never paid for anything? But then we […]

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Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Foster ParentingDec. 5, 2014

Forgotten Friday: A Letter

Dear Foster Parent, I am the child in your home. I am the child who says and does things that melt your heart in one moment, but, I am also the child who amazes you with the ways I “act out” in the very next moment.   I am the kid who arrived at your door with only the emotional baggage I carry on the inside and the trash bag, in my hand, holding a few key items. I am the teenager who makes decisions you don’t understand, says things that hurt, and has an attitude beyond measure.  I am the […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, Foster ParentingDec. 3, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Being a foster family for the past 2 + years has been quite a journey.  We have experienced highs and lows, but through it all God has taught us more about His grace and love than most people get to learn in a lifetime.  And we are so thankful. Another thing we are thankful for – family and friends that have so lovingly and graciously poured into us – cooking meals, bringing gifts, and including our sweet littles in birthday and holiday celebrations.  All of these individuals and the support they have offered, and continue to offer, have meaning to […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsNov. 21, 2014

Forgotten Friday: The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care

It was a Wednesday. We received a call from our foster care agency at 3:30 in the afternoon – a newborn baby girl had been taken into custody by Child Protective Services at the hospital and was in need of placement. “Are you interested?”, they asked. Of course we are. By 7:30 that evening they were at our front door, holding a tragically fragile little girl who needed a home to live in and a family to love her. It was the best and worst day of her life. She was wholly unaware of all that had transpired in her short […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, Foster ParentingNov. 19, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: God’s Plan Takes Us to Places We Never Thought We Would or Could Ever Go

If you had asked me 20 years ago when my husband and I first got married, “Where I would be in twenty years?”, it would not have been where I am today. During the first 11 years of marriage we did not feel led to have our own children. We were very happy as D.I.N.K’s, double income no kids. But after meeting our Sunday School teacher’s grandchildren, who had a shaky home life, God began to change and mold our hearts for adoption or foster parenting. We took the 12 week foster/adoption classes and went through the long process of […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingNov. 7, 2014

Forgotten Friday: Love

I’ve been perplexed lately, confused as to why people are so afraid to LOVE. It all started with simple questions from so many people telling us that they could never do what we are doing and wondering how we could possibly enter foster care after the death of our third son. I’m sure people feel as if we were setting ourselves up for heartache again. Honestly though, what we are doing certainly doesn’t seem courageous to me. To me, what we are doing is what we should all do for each other. Love each other. Love each other when we fail, […]

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Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysOct. 31, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: From the Children // Repost

Quotes from children who have experienced life in foster care… It is very hard in the foster care system. While living in these different places I had to transform myself and pretend to be someone I wasn’t in fear that I would be moved again and unloved. I felt like I was constantly moving, and never had a place to call home. I was always wondering when someone was going to give me a chance and not give up on me as everyone has. I felt voiceless because everyone made decisions for my life without asking what I wanted, and […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 13, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: An Open Letter to My Foster Child

Dear A, Someday, when you’re old and grown, I hope that I am still in your life. I want to sit down with you over coffee and hear how you’re doing, about the college classes you’re taking, about whether or not you finally like math. I’ll look at the suit and tie you’re wearing, perhaps, and I’ll remind you of all the grass stains I oxy-cleaned from your jeans on a daily basis. But more than anything, I will need to explain how much you changed me. Right now, you’re not ready, but you should know. Someday. The other day, […]

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