Wednesday, May 9, 2012

me : foster parenthood : another beginning

Hi y'all!


You know how you really don't remember it's Nurses Appreciation Week unless you're a nurse or know someone who is? And you always forget about Secretary's Day unless you are a secretary or have one? (Or is it Administrative Assistant Day?) Well, here's another friendly reminder: May is National Foster Parent Month. 


I didn't know that until this week when I got our monthly newsletter in the mail from the Children's Home, so don't feel bad if you didn't know. Joey and I have been foster parents since November 2010, and we got our first placement in December 2010, it was a little boy and a little girl. They left in August 2011, and in October 2011 we got our second placement, many of you know him as BB (Baby Boy). We still have him, and any day now we are getting a call for TWO little girls. We've already been selected as the placement for them, it's just a matter of CPS locating them and bringing them to us. That's right... we're about to go from a family with one little guy, to a family of one little guy and two little gals. ;) We're pretty excited/anxious/nervous about the whole thing! 


We know it's going to be a HUGE life adjustment all over again. We know we will be out-numbered now (haha). We know it will be challenging, and we will be back to being sleep-deprived, new-parent zombies for a little while. We can't imagine how much our life will change, but no parent can. Our lives are about to get turned upside-down for a little while, but it's okay. Because it's not about us, it's about the kids. 


Joey has already said that he's ready to get them and get the first two weeks over with. I guess in his mind, the first two weeks are the most difficult. I can see where he's coming from, we're about to start another beginning. And beginnings, although exciting, can be difficult. It's the unknown that gets me every time. Not knowing how the kids will act, how they will treat us, treat each other, treat Lorie (our dog). Not knowing what their schedules are like, what they like to eat, and so on. It's hard, this starting over thing. It was hard knowing what to do when we first got BB. But now, when he looks at me like I'm his mom, when he wakes up in the morning and gives me a big hug, when I can just look at him and he'll start smiling and giggling... it makes me forget about all the uncertainties of new beginnings and my insecurities along the way. Because in those moments, everything else is totally worth it. 








If you would, please say a prayer for the little girls we're about to get and for us, that this adjustment period goes smoothly. I hope we get them soon! I can hardly wait to meet them. 



19 comments:

  1. Blessings for your new phase of life, what a wonderful thing you are doing. Niki x

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  2. Regina you are awesome!!!!! I am soo excited for yal!! Wish yal could come visit and we could let our lil ones play! :) Yal will be in my prayers!!!

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  3. You and those little girls are in my prayers. Your comments about the 'unknown' really speaks to me right now in a situation in my life. God bless you!

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  4. Many blessings to you for reaching out to these children! You must have huge hearts to care for them and then give them up. Praying that all goes smoothly for you.

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  5. Will pray for you all! I'm sure it is a big adjustment but hopefully things will go smoothly and you will settle into your new 'norm.'

    Amy

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  6. I am praying for all of you.

    Children are such blessings♥

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    Sue

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  7. Bless you for foster parenting! I'll be praying...we are adopting two kiddos that we hope to bring home this summer, and I know some of the uncertainty you are going through. Way to go!

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  8. Ok RED...i've been reading over this for sometime now and i know you are a grown woman...but i still see that precious little girl running around the farm with Steph and Tiff tagging along... yall going to the creek swimming and playing on the hay bales... playing with the deer or what ever creature we had at the time...I knew you were going to be something wonderful some day but had no idea just how wonderful. God has certainly chosen the right person for these children and maybe chosen these children for you. It is amazing what God has taught me about choices, people that came in and out of my life. I am so proud of you and pray for smooth and peaceful beginning for the two new kiddo's. Love ya girl...I am so proud of you Red..God bless

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  9. You are so brave. What a blessing you are and will be to these kids. Bless you.

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  10. Oh, I have been praying! I will keep on praying, too! (((HUGS))) You are amazing...
    ~Lindsay

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  11. Praying that the Lord blesses your hearts and home. That He gives the grace for the up's and downs. I know that it isn't easy and will try to remember you in prayer.

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  12. Regina, praying for you and your hubby and little guy as you get ready for these two little ones to join your household. And praying for these little ones and all the changes they are facing as well.

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  13. Thank you everyone for the prayers and the sweet words of encouragement! We still haven't been called about the girls, but I will definitely let you know when we do. :) Thanks again! ♥♥♥

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  14. I am just catching up & what wonderful news! I am sending lots and lots of good blessings your way! Those first few weeks will zip by and just as you have done with BB you'll get into a wonderful new daily groove.

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  15. So excited for you! Please keep us posted!

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  16. You always bring me to tears. You guys are amazing! We will be praying.

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  17. I hope the transition goes smoothly! I will definitely keep you in my prayers!! :)

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  18. wow!! exciting and scary all wrapped up in one!! God bless you for your big hearts . . .I'll be praying! :)

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