01 March 2016
Fostering and New Life
Saturday was beautiful. The temperature was in the 60s and the sun was shining down. I was off from work, and it just felt so good. We slept in until 9 (thank you MM!!). I woke up feeling refreshed and energized so I decided to make my family a delicious breakfast. I made MM a scrambled egg, and cut up some fruit. She sat munching on breakfast while I made pancakes and omelets for the rest of my family. I woke everyone else up and we stuffed ourselves to the brim. "Here's something else you can make without burning! You make a good omelet" said Cheetah. Thanks, Cheetah!.....I think?
MM was quickly ready for her nap, and we scrambled to clean the house while she slept. We got through a lot of the list, but the day was just too beautiful to waste indoors. So we all sat down for sandwiches and more fresh fruit. We loaded up both cars with our 3 bicycles and drove to Walt's, where Chase and I bought our bikes. We bought Cheetah a helmet and explained that it is ALWAYS required on a bicycle; even Chase and I wear helmets. At Walts, you can rent those cool baby trailers. Luckily they still had one available. They gave us a quick demo, and off we went. It was already 3 pm by then, but we figured that would be plenty of time for 3 out of shape folks to be out exercising. We ended up going 15 miles total, and the sun set on us before we got back! Whoops! MM loved the way out...but was not a happy camper on the way back! We just stayed out a little too long. BUT we had a great time! Cheetah said it was an awesome day, and he just can't wait to do it again! Time together away from the stress of school or work...and no computer screens! It was wonderful!
We've been busy since Cheetah moved back in with us. It's back to court dates, family visits, CASA visits, case worker visits, therapy appointments, and all the other schedule-filling items involved with foster care. MM has been sick with colds off an on for the last 3 weeks, and she's seen the doctor at least 2 times for high fevers. Poor little Bear. There have been algebra battles, discussions on bullying, and lots of "what ifs." When you're in foster care...there are always lots of what ifs. Chase and I are working to provide a loving and stable home for both of our kiddos. We may be broke and in deeper student debt than you can imagine....but we are rich in love. God's love has been great for our family, and we endeavor to show others His love.
My life is full of blessings. As I watched my son ride his bike (with helmet) around the block while Chase pushed MM on her tricycle (also wearing a helmet), I felt a great sense of peace and contentment. The peace you can only know when you hear God's call for your life...and feel that maybe today you are answering it. Maybe this is what I am here on earth for...
It's kinda funny, life doesn't always take the path you expect for it to follow. This year, after saying goodbye to Cheetah, we decided to drop out of all volunteering and fostering roles. We wanted to add to our family, let Chase find a job outside of the home, and let our kids grow a couple of years. Then we wanted to re-evaluate and maybe foster again...or maybe not. However, only 1 part of that plan was successful! We took 1 month off before Cheetah moved right back in with us. Of course, we are also now expecting! I never would have signed up for a toddler, teen, and infant all at the same time, but that's the unexpected turn. We are so very grateful for baby number 2 and of course that we were here for Cheetah when he needed us. I don't know what else the future holds, but I am sure God's hand is in it :)