Being a foster parent is no easy job. On short notice, you’re asked wether or not you’ll receive a new child into your family. You love that child for a period of time, and then you send them on their way. Every so often, though, you are able to see the best case scenario unfold in front of you. I just did.
I knew this day would come. From the first day we thought about fostering kids, I wondered what it would be like to love a child for a certain period of time, and then say goodbye to them at some point. This past weekend, saying goodbye became a reality.
“How did you make the decision to do this?”
This is the question I hear the most from people when they find out we foster kids. Most of the time, it is well-meaning people who are agonizing whether or not fostering/adoption is for them.
Almost four months ago now, we received our first foster child. That night, we were awakened by a phone call around midnight and were asked if we’d be willing to accept her into our family for a time.
After some quick prayer and even quicker conversation, we agreed to do it. Less than an hour later, this tired little girl was escorted to our house by 3 people from Child Protective Services.
More and more people seem to keep asking me about our story of fostering. I remember being on the other side, wondering how tough it would be to get certified, or what it would be like to welcome a stranger into our home. Most of all, what would it be like to love a child and then tell he or she goodbye.
Although I’ve already written two posts already on fostering (Why Fostering Is Better Than A Fad & Fostering: When The Music Fades), in this post I’d love to just share the simple story of how we got to where we are today.
The other day I was on the ground cleaning up food that had been spilled…again. You know, little kid food. The kind that is all over the face, the hands, the booster, and of course the floor. As I wiped the floor, there were four separate kids in my house crying, screaming or playing, all at the same time. In that moment, the old song lyric came to mind, “when the music fades”.