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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingOct. 28, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Life Changing Love

Experiencing God as King has long been my thing, but grasping His deep love for me has often proven elusive….until he recently revealed it in a most profound way. It was Friday and I was taking my foster son out of the car after dropping the big kids off at school. Smiling at that darling face, I hefted him onto my hip and smooched my thousandth kiss. He buried his little head in my neck and I marveled again at my love for him. Because despite the fact that he’s not from my body, I love this baby boy. The way […]

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Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsOct. 24, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | I Hope I’m Your Rock Bottom

I held your baby tonight. She was sick. Fever raging. Through her tears, she was mumbling but I couldn’t understand what she needed because toddlerspeak isn’t easy to decode for the not-the-mama. She’s only been in my arms for a short time, so I’m still learning her. Her warm head rested on my chest. I shared her air. Her soft curls brushed against my lips as I gently kissed her forehead. My hand rested on her back affirming her safety in the cradle of my arms. I imagined her thoughts. Was she hoping for your hold instead of mine? Was she […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingOct. 21, 2016

Forgotten Friday | The Unseen Child

All photos by Rebecca Tredway Photography Sometimes those commercials are just too much for me. You know the ones—maybe they’re trying to motivate you to give money for starving children or shelter for homeless animals. Whatever the end result, they try to get you there by showing you pictures that are guaranteed to break your heart. And they do it because it works! We are visual people and it helps us to see the need and visualize the difference we could make. When we sponsor a child overseas, we want to see their face. When we reunite with an old friend […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 17, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | We Have Room

Why did we choose foster care? Another simple answer… We. Have. Room. When we moved to Louisiana seven years ago I accepted a job at a state funded group home. I worked there for nine months… Those nine months were absolutely life changing. They were my first real exposure to the world of foster care and the children in the system. We cared for children from about eleven to seventeen. Traumatized, hurt, angry, damaged by the things they had experienced in their lives so far. Longing for love, but understandably guarded. When they allowed me to love them, that was […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, UncategorizedSep. 26, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | A Letter to Our Borrowed Baby

Dear Baby Girl, Welcome to our family! Sometimes I don’t know what I’m missing until I find it, and that has certainly been true with you. We didn’t know this family was missing a tiny bundle of pink cries and coos until you arrived. Now it feels like you always belonged. When we got the phone call that you needed a place to be, I said yes. I said yes before I even checked with Brian because I knew he’d say yes, too. In very general terms we had been talking about your arrival for some time and when we […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 23, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Can I Ask You Something?

Our first day at the park together People have lots of questions about my little guy, so here’s the answer to a few of the most common: How long will you have him? I don’t know. Will you be able to adopt him? I don’t know. When will you know? I don’t know. There are a lot of unknowns in the world of foster care, and it’s tough on this planner! I mean, I’m ready to buy us tickets to Disney World for Christmas next year because I know he would love it, but I honestly don’t know what next […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Uncategorized, Vulnerable ParentsSep. 16, 2016

Forgotten Friday | The Cause of Foster Children

I worked a booth for recruiting foster families at a local convention this weekend. To be honest, while the time I was there, I can count on one hand the number of folks who actually engaged me in conversation about the need for foster homes in our communities. I get it. Foster parenting is certainly not for the faint of heart, but I found myself considering why it is important for Christians to step into the world of abuse and neglect. The thought, “If Christians do not take up the cause of foster children and pray for them, then who […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 12, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | To Grieve a Little

I’ve heard it twice now. But it was the second time that got me. Something along the lines of, “You knew what you were signing up for” after I disclosed the fear and pain of potentially seeing this little one leave. Why, yes. Yes I did. We walked into this with eyes wide open. We accepted the likelihood of sending children back after loving them. We knew the danger for heartache and pain. We considered the negatives. We weighed all the risks. But in the end, we found them worth it. This sweet baby who’s tethered to my heart, he’s […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 9, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Remembering the Kids Who Have Moved On

In the days before our first foster daughter—the one who made me a mom—left to be reunited with an extended family member, I had my husband help me paint her hand pink and press it onto white card stock. I didn’t have a plan for that handprint yet but I knew I needed something more than the 1000s of photos I took to remember her—something I could trace my fingertips across when I was aching from missing her and wondering how she was doing. I also saved the top of the artificial hot pink daisy she had been playing with […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 2, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Surprise! The Cause of Your Child’s Misbehavior Might Not Be What You Think

Our son just turned four-years-old. He is bright, funny, adventuresome, lovable, good-looking, a good story-teller. I could go on and on. I tell people that I can brag on him because he doesn’t have our genes! Lately though his bad behavior has concerned Danielle and I. Sure some of his behavior is typical four-year-old behavior. But this is more intense, frequent, and long-lasting. Photo Credit: Chance Agrella via Compfight cc When our son yells at me, struggles in social settings or with sleep, refuses to listen or respond when I am talking to him…I admit my first thought and reaction […]

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