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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster ParentingMay. 27, 2016

Forgotten Friday | My Fierce Love is Free for All of My Kids

Last week, you asked about my kids. You questioned how they were processing and coping and adjusting in our ever-evolving lifestyle. Babies are frequently coming or going or coming AND going. Our home is a habitual hustle and our lives are run by the rhythm of court dates and case workers. We are invariably inconvenienced by the poor life choices of others. And we like it that way. We chose this. And we choose this. You’re worried about my kids. I get that. Their well-being isn’t far from my every thought either, so I appreciate the kind concern. You want […]

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Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Ways to ServeApr. 11, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Supporting Foster Families: Helping the Newbie

It was only a year ago that Nate and I started the process for becoming foster parents. Less than three months later we received our first placement. And much like welcoming a new baby for the first time, becoming foster parents rocked our world. Our “normal” lives suddenly involved so many new dynamics I felt like I was in a constant state of being off balance. Court dates. Social workers. Home visits. Interactions with birth parents. ISPs. Multiple government buildings. It was overwhelming to say the least. Not to mention there was a tiny new life we were responsible for. […]

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Advocacy, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster ParentingFeb. 8, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | The Danger of Waiting Until Your Kids Grow Up

I find myself daydreaming about tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. I can feel the weight lift as I imagine a day without dirty diapers to change. My oldest was born in 2006. It’s 2015. Y’all, nine ruthless years of wiping little booties on the ground. My hands are crippled. And the legos piercing the soles of my feet. Have you stepped on one of those lately? The pain. Nothing compares. Can they just play with stuffed animals? Or bouncy balls? I’m straight up exhausted from bedtime battles with toddlers. It’s like every night all of my kids forget that they […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 28, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Love ’em and Let ’em Go

I’ve always been open to adoption. But there are two things I said I would never do: 1.) Adopt a child here in the States. 2.) Be a foster parent. Don’t worry, I have nothing against American children. My hesitancy was never about the kids. It’s about their circumstances. You see, I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s hearing way too many horror stories of people who had adopted children in the U.S. only to have the biological parents knock on their door or serve them court papers six months or two years or five years down the road, demanding them […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster ParentingOct. 23, 2015

Forgotten Friday: The Many Faces of Grief

Behind the curtain of 2014, the Father has stretched our hearts and souls, as if tightening and expanding a rubber band to the near snapping point. I felt intense sorrow over the past year— the entirety of my heart feeling more than broken, more than shattered. He carried us through a year where my heart felt smashed with the intensity of a jack hammer; yet He sustained me. I am reminded of Isaiah 42:3-4: “a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.” Stepping into 2015, I am overwhelmed by my gentle Rescuer, […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJul. 27, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Why Become a Foster Parent?

Originally posted on Satisfaction Through Christ We didn’t realize it at the time, but when my husband and I began to consider foster parenting, we may have had a slight “savior complex” going on. Ahem. We knew there would be sacrifices involved. But we counted them worthwhile as we anticipated swooping into places where children were being severely abused and callously neglected, scooping them up into our arms and whisking them away to a safe and happy place, our superhero capes fluttering behind us in the breeze as we dashed back to the security and comfort of our home. The children. […]

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Advocacy, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, UncategorizedFeb. 27, 2015

Forgotten Friday: Foster Care and What I Fear Most For My Kids

We are in the middle of building a home right now. The process has been fun, especially since our daughters are for the most part old enough to enjoy it with us. They get excited about their new rooms, their new neighborhood and their new friends next door and down the street. The building process has brought up several interesting conversations with them – most notably ones about how many more sisters they want in our family and where their rooms are going to be in the new house. On some level they understand something just as much as my […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster ParentingDec. 19, 2014

Forgotten Friday: Does foster/adoption affect your biological kids?

“I can’t foster/adopt I have my own children. I’ve heard that kids who have foster kids in their homes get messed up.” This I hear at least once a week. To be very honest I used this same excuse with God before I started on our journey. I remember the conversation with God so vividly. Me: “God, why would you wait till I’m so old, and have three teenagers, to call us to this world now?” It was one of those moments that it’s as if God was sitting next to you. You know, as if He is looking at […]

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