• FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    Thoughts and Lessons from Our First Month Fostering

    It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since we welcomed Buzz and Woody into our home! In some ways it feels like way more than a month and in others it feels like it has cruised by. I thought I would share some random thoughts from the month. These thoughts aren’t really organized, I’m just sharing them in the order they come to me.   I bought clothes that were way too small They came with some needs in the clothing department and so we bought some the morning after we got them and I ended up buying a few things that were too small. I didn’t realize the…

  • Adoption Awareness Month - How do you know if you are called to adopt (or foster)
    ADOPTION,  FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    How Do You Know if You’ve Been Called to Adopt (or Foster)?

    It’s Adoption Awareness Month and I have a number of ideas of posts to share for this month. I got a few different questions asked and I plan on answering them all over the next few weeks. Here’s a peek into what I hope to share (and I’m sure I’ll come up with more): how do you know if you’ve been called to adopt? (that’s this post!) how to get started how long does the paperwork take? what if I don’t instantly love my adopted child? how to talk about adoption with your adoptive child Let me know if you have other questions you would like answered or topics you…

  • Our first week of foster care
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    We Survived the First Week!

    It’s officially been just over a week since we got Buzz and Woody* and we all survived! *My Instagram friend, Jessica from @theopenhome suggested we use those names for our online names for our first foster care placement and they are so perfect for these boys.   Here’s a few random things from the first week: The first few nights were rough Not a lot of sleeping occurred but the daytime was pretty good. You win some, you lose some. Thankfully it got better and they are pretty much sleeping through the night now except Woody who will sometimes wake up once and wants to be held to fall back…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  FOSTER CARE,  LIVING,  SCRIPTURE WRITING

    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Orphan Care

    With November being Adoption Awareness Month and Ephraim’s adoption anniversary it seems like the perfect month for an orphan care Scripture writing challenge. I don’t think that every Christian needs to adopt or foster (but I’m not opposed to the idea either!) but we are all called to help the fatherless and needy. You’ll notice that the verses for this challenge are not all orphan specific, there are a lot of verses about doing good that don’t specifically point out orphan care. It plainly says in the Bible that people will know we are Christians by the way we treat those around us and one of the ways we can do…

  • Our First Foster Care Placement!
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    The Foster Care System is Unpredictable & Our First Placement!

    Like I mentioned last week, our social worker told us to expect a call early this week. Rae was already disappointed when a call didn’t come on Friday. By the end of the day Monday she was devastated. She had pretty much reduced to a constant moan. Ha, I told her to enjoy the quiet while she could! Then a call didn’t come on Tuesday. On Wednesday Rae said a call was going to come either at 12:00 or 3:06. Lunch came and went and still no call. But then at 3:03 the call came! (She was just 3 minutes off!)     That call resulted in a series of…

  • I Would Get Too Attached - A Common Foster Care Concern
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    “I Would Get Too Attached” – A Common Foster Care Concern

    Well, as of Thursday afternoon we are officially an approved foster family! Rae was hoping for a placement call on Friday and kept asking me what the odds of getting a call were, my answer was 50/50: either we get a call or we don’t. Thanks to Corner Gas for that wonderful logic:   “What are the chances that we have a riot in Dog River?” Karen: “I’d say 50-50: either we get a riot, or we don’t.”   No call came on Friday. Not really a surprise since our worker said she usually tells the placement team to not give a first placement on a Friday because if we…