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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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Advocacy, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsMay. 2, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | The Other Mother

Since day one, many have asked about The New Chick’s biological mom. And for all seven of the months he’s lived in my house, I’ve put off writing about her. But, there is a season for everything, and a time for every purpose under heaven. The first time I saw her it was in the Chambers County Courthouse. I looked up from admiring the five day old baby who was snug against my chest, and saw her walking toward us. I knew her by the tears pouring unchecked down her face. She humbly asked me if she could hold him, and I […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysApr. 25, 2016

Make a Difference Monday: Is Foster Care Really Worth All the Pain and Agony?

Ask a complete stranger on the street to describe foster care and they’ll probably say, at one point, “I’ve heard it’s really hard!” And they would be right. It’s extremely hard, in fact. Given this truth, is it really worth it? We were so frustrated we couldn’t see straight. We had re-arranged our entire day, cancelled several appointments, pushed some meetings back on the calendar to make sure we were both home with the two children we were caring for, because our case manager told us earlier that morning that she would be by for a visit at 2pm, sharp. “Please be on time. […]

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Adoption, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Ways to ServeApr. 22, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Wrapping Around Foster and Adoptive Families

An environment where it’s understood that while we’re not all called to do the same thing, we’re all certainly capable of doing something. That’s the goal. Everyone. Doing. Something. If we’re not careful, we may unintentionally define caring for orphans and the vulnerable too narrowly – to simply mean foster care, adoption or some other form of bringing a child into your home long term. While these are of course crucial and essential places for the Church to engage, they represent only a few of the items on the buffet of limitless opportunities available for people to get involved. The […]

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