Monday, February 14, 2011

You Might Be A Foster Parent If . . .

I got a kick out of Mama Foster's compiled list of items in You Might Be A Foster Mom If.  Over the past couple of weeks I've discovered a few more items to add to the list from my own personal experiences: 

A couple of weeks ago my three-year old daughter saw a woman in our neighborhood who somewhat resembled George’s caseworker- same age, same build, similar hairstyle. My little girl immediately pointed to her and said, “Caseworker!”. I corrected her and told her that the woman only looked like George’s caseworker but wasn’t. Then it occurred to me “How many three year olds know the word “Caseworker”? Firefighter, Doctor, Teacher- sure . . . but Caseworker?

  •  You might be a foster parent if your three your old uses the word caseworker.
As I was packing up George’s clothes and toys before he left and was trying to de-clutter and organize the nursery (which now has an empty toddler bed as well as a crib) I found three different sizes of diapers in storage which my daughter or our previous foster babies have grown out of. Yet two more items to add to the list:

  • You might be a foster parent if you have various sizes of diapers in storage.
  • You might be a foster parent (or waiting to adopt) if you have an empty bed or crib in your home and a bright neon “vacancy” sign flashes in your mind every time you pass by.

Friday, February 4, 2011

When God Closes a Door . . .

We said goodbye to George this morning as he was officially placed in the care of his new family.

With that in mind, here are my quotes for the day:

“Goodbyes are sad yet they should also be cherished because it is this word that causes all memories to come flooding back as if they had happened yesterday.”

(Technically speaking, they did happen yesterday!)

And one last quote which I will be using as a mantra:

“When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”

I think this quote is applicable to our family’s situation, but casting aside any feelings of self-pity on my part, as for George’s situation I think it’s more appropriate to say that today God has closed a window in his life and opened up a GREAT BIG DOOR.

Thank goodness for safe, nurturing and PERMANENT homes for children in foster care!