Foster Parenting

Time for an Update!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but I promise, it’s for a good reason.

Last time I posted an update, we had just become a family of 6. I’m happy to report our family of six is thriving. Not only that – it’s EXPANDING. Yes, you read that right. We are fostering again!

First, let me back up. Our adopted kids, Trinity and Elijah, are both currently in school. Trinity is thriving in 1st grade and Elijah is ready to graduate Kindergarten in a few weeks. This year has been a rough transition, as we knew it would be. Luckily, things have gotten better and the kids are very happy where they are. As for the babies, our foster daughter (who we call Baby J for confidentiality purposes) is getting bigger and stronger every day. I still have yet to share more of her story, but I promise, it’s coming. Baby J and our foster son have become best friends since last October when I posted his arrival into our home. Watching them grow together has been the greatest journey.

Ok, now the part you really wanted to know more about.

A couple months ago, Preston and I received a call that another biological family member of our adopted kids, who is to be born in June, was potentially going to need placed. Immediately, we said no. We were just getting the hang of having two babies under two, and we couldn’t imagine handling a newborn.

But this decision ate at me for MONTHS. I couldn’t imagine not accepting this placement. So, a couple of weeks ago, I asked Preston if we could revisit this conversation. When we did, we decided that we were in a much better place now, and taking on another child was something we could do, and something we would love to do.

So,  I immediately called the case worker and told her our decision. And that’s the end of the story (for now). Baby is not born yet, but we are anxiously awaiting her arrival.

I’ve struggled a lot with this situation and decision. My heart breaks for every parent that has to say goodbye to their kids, whether it’s for a week, a month, a year, etc. Fostering is being happy to be a parent while feeling terrible for those who lose their babies. Trust me, it’s not a job I take lightly. We are trained and prepared to send our foster kids home at any minute. And while that’s an amazing feeling, it’s heartbreaking at the same time.

As always, we appreciate the love and support, and I can’t wait to give you all an update in the next couple of weeks!

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