Anyone remember me? It’s been a while. Some of you that subscribe to the blog via reader might have noticed some weird posts and all of that, and that is because I’m fixing the place up finally. Boy, did it need it. But while we’re in a state of semi-construction, I did want to get going on the blogging, dip my toe into the warm waters and all of that.
I’m going to be honest here too. There has been so much that I’d love to blog about in the past year that I’ve been mostly absent, but I haven’t been able to. I felt like if I blogged without doing the full written purge, as it were, it would be disingenuous to you guys and not respectful of my life’s circumstances at the time. I’ve fretted away a year’s worth of time (give or take — not taking into account my brief foray into NaBloPoMo) thinking about this, until recently when I had an ah-ha moment, and I realized that I would say what I could say, and move on from there. I may be totally immersed and involved in the situation, but it’s not my story to tell, so there isn’t anything to truly worry about. I’ll stay within the confines that exist in the situation, and move on from there.
So here it is:
A little over a year ago, Jason and I became foster parents to two amazing children. We were fortunate to have been involved in their lives already very heavily, so when the situation arose that necessitated these two kids moving into our home, we welcomed them with open arms and hearts. We have felt truly blessed to be able to step in to care for these children, honestly and amazingly blessed. The situation that brought them to our home has been, to put it bluntly, excruciating and gut-wrenching. These types of things always have so many players involved, and it is not the children that make this painful, but it is those other players that do. And even though I tend to be dramatic, I say with all sincerity that it has been heartbreaking. I have seen so many different facets of what truly is the human experience here on earth, and those facets are what have forced me to dig deeper inside of myself and only then have the strength to tunnel back out by the sheer grace of God. This experience has given me a glimpse into the way the “system” works for and/or against the kids. It’s been eye-opening.
So we are a family of six. We have Andrew, who is now 9; Elizabeth, who is now 7. But now we’re doubly blessed to have living with us Seven*, who is 7; and Five*, who is 5. (*Names obviously changed to protect the innocent here, and done this way so I can remember how I done did the naming of the short and loud ones.) Our house has four kids, three dogs and two birds living under one small three-bedroom, one-bathroom roof. (Let that sink in there…)
Okay. That’s out of the way. DONE. Finito!
Expect more soon! Like I said, I’m revamping the site so that it’s more user friendly and also more aesthetically pleasing. I’ll be adding current works in and updating everything here or there. If you’re visiting and get a little sawdust on your shoes, I hope you’ll forgive.
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So if you’re still reading, let me know! DO IT!