Showing posts from August, 2014

Sibling group of 3... their story.

I share the stories of my children to personalize foster care for those not yet involved. When you hear a child's story and can see their face, it changes them from a depressing statistic that you can just ignore to beautiful, innocent children that you can help. "Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12

Lord, for every person who reads this, speak to them. Make this story real for them, help them to walk a mile in the shoes of a child in foster care. All children are of equal importance to You and they should be to us as well. Reveal to them their next step in being Your hands and feet to orphans. Amen.

We had 3 biological and 1 foster child all under the age of 6 before Ellie came to live with us. It was never our plan for her to join our family, but God's plan always trumps ours. I thought we were maxed out with 4 c…

In Search of a Better Way

One of my absolute favorite parts about being a foster parent is the ease at which teachable "Jesus" moments come unexpectedly. We had a newborn and a toddler join us for the night this past week. As soon as they were dropped off, everyone started doing their part. The big kids welcomed the toddler, fetched baby gear and watched as I fed the baby. Everyone was just giddy to be the hands and feet of Jesus for these 2 little ones.

One new thing that happened with these placements was that my oldest daughter was very concerned about the birth parents, mentioning often how sad they must be that their kids were taken away. How precious for her to realize this aspect of foster parenting when most adults don't. It's easy to forget that most birth parents haven't lived a privileged life like us. A majority were raised in foster care themselves and/or abused and neglected by those that were supposed to protect them. Many have aged out of foster care because they were con…

Best Friends and Forever Sisters

Only God knew that these two girls, born 29 days apart in the same hospital to different mothers, would become forever sisters almost 7 years later. They love bugs, dresses and arts and crafts. Thank you Jesus for my "twins."

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up." Eccles. 4:9-10