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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Education, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 1, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | That Time I Hated Being a Foster Parent… and Why It’s Worth It Anyway

“I hate being a foster parent. I hate it!” I sobbed to my 11-year-old daughter on our front porch a few weeks ago. I’m aware of how wrong this is on multiple levels. The thing is, nothing terrible had happened that day. It wasn’t a day of several kids vomiting. No one had soiled himself. There were no out-of-the-usual squabbles. It had actually been a good day, and one worth celebrating. We had our annual awards ceremony for the AWANA program – a ceremony I both anticipated and dreaded, as this was each child’s last year in their clubs. I […]

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Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJul. 11, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Beyond Being Tired, Obeying Isn’t About Me; It’s About My Savior

Lord, I am SO tired. Please, help me to not become weary!! Those are the words that I poured out to God this morning as I crawled out of bed. To be honest, I felt my other option was to sit & have a good hard cry in the corner of my bedroom before starting my day–but ain’t nobody got time for that! While I could have justified crying in the corner, even in my exhausted state I knew it was not the proper path to choose. You see, for the past three (or is it four?) nights, our “little […]

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Adoption, Education, Encouragement, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJul. 1, 2016

Forgotten Friday | How to Find Hope on the Road of Foster Care & Adoption

Adoption and foster care can be filled with loneliness, desperation, and defeat. Can you really find hope in-spite of this? The answer is, yes. It starts by understanding something powerful and true. “I don’t think I can take one more day of this,” I said, glaring at the table, with a clinched fist and gritting teeth. My friend agreed. Many colorful words were exchanged between us, that morning, as we sat talking in a restaurant. The steam from our coffee snaked and twisted through the air, disappearing, as if hope was slowly disappearing with it. We shared similar wounds. Both […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsJun. 27, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | 21 Things I Love About Fostering

We’ve been fostering children for two years now, during which time we’ve had eight children in our home as long-term placements, plus over a dozen more for shorter “respite” stays. I’ve been pretty transparent about the hardships of foster parenting, even as I try to be quick to turn my attention back to the ultimate God-ordained purpose behind it. I do that because I refuse to varnish the truth; foster parenting is not a walk in the park. There’s pain and there’s angst. There’s too much information and not enough patience. There are squabbles and arguments. There’s selfishness and spite. But there are plenty of things to love about […]

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Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster Care Workers, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Mentoring, Vulnerable Parents, Ways to ServeJun. 13, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | It’s Not the Thought That Counts

Today I asked a friend, “Does it count as a workout in the fact that I brought my gym bag with me but don’t actually workout?”  She giggled and as I sat thinking through that saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” I realized, of course the thought doesn’t count, my body isn’t changing in any way. The same is true in foster care.  So many people think about fostering or serving the foster care community, but if you think about it… If it were the thought that counted, there would be an abundance of foster care workers feeling encouraged and […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJun. 6, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Supporting Foster Families: 7 Ways You Can Pray

If you’ve ever walked a difficult road (who hasn’t?) then you know what it means to hear that others have your back in this powerful way. I believe that interceding on behalf of others is especially tender to the heart of God. When we come before His throne, selflessly pleading for Him to act on behalf of another, I just wonder at what kind of pleasure it must bring Him. Maybe you know a family who fosters, but aren’t sure how to pray. Here are 7 ways you can pray for foster families: 1) Pray that foster moms and dads […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsJun. 3, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Because I’m a Broken Mama

Our journey through foster care has been refining and revealing of so many ‘heart deficits.’ The further we get into this the more clearly we understand the risk we have taken in loving a child who may leave us one day…. and the more clearly we understand why God has asked us to. My hope when we originally sought foster certification was to grow our family by adopting a child through foster care. I believe fully that if the Lord allows it this may happen one day with one or more future foster children, however, adoption is no longer the […]

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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Education, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 20, 2016

Forgotten Friday | 3 Things My Kids’ Tantrums Have Taught Me

When my husband and I chose foster to adopt to expand our family, we were prepared to love and provide for our kids. We were even prepared to constantly have caseworkers and therapists in our home and for the required hoop jumping for foster care and adoption. What we were completely unprepared for was the tantrums–the raging, the kicking, the hitting, the destruction, the 90 minutes of screaming. We didn’t know how to bounce back after one of these fits of rage. But, after two years in the trenches, our kids’ tantrums have taught us three valuable lessons: 1. Kids […]

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Encouragement, Family Support, Foster ParentingMay. 9, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Prayers for Seasons of Change

On Monday morning, our family woke up just like usual, not having a clue that the number of children in our home would double before the end of the day. Not only that, but one of those children would be an infant. ?! I haven’t had an infant in the house for five years, ya’ll. I soon found out that I didn’t remember very well what I thought I remembered: babies are serious business. And so our family is once more facing a season of transition. It’s par for the course when you’re involved with foster care. But really, it’s par for the course in life, […]

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Advocacy, Encouragement, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsMay. 6, 2016

Forgotten Friday | A Love Letter to Our Biological Mother

Dear B, It’s Mother’s Day. And this is the first one since you surrendered your parental rights and now our children are on the brink of our forever family. Not an easy day for either of us. This Mother’s Day, I feel particularly wrecked. So many people wishing me a happy day, many times over. They know a small part of our story and they know five children–3 biological and 2 that we share–call me mama. But they don’t know the whole story. Our children–all of them–have had to endure brokenness in order to have redemption. They’ve all loved and […]

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