The case worker is coming on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. to officially open our home! I am so excited I can't stand it! She is still trying to get one last signature, which is what has delayed everything. But she is determined to have it by Thursday morning! That's one of the many reasons I like her. She even thanked me for being so patient. I told her I definitely did not feel like I had been very patient and felt like I had bugged her to death! Ha!
And, I wanted to write something else while I am thinking about it. I was thinking the other day about how unbelievably blessed Joe and I are. Not one time in this process has one friend or family member or church family member expressed that they do not approve of us wanting to be foster parents. (They may have thought it, but they have never said anything to us. That's all that matters! Ha!) I totally realize that Joe and I being foster parents will not only just affect us. It will affect everyone we come in contact with. Hopefully in an awesome way, but I realize their could be some undesired outcomes, also. But, we have received nothing but blessings. All of our friends, church family, and family have welcomed our future foster children with open arms. How blessed are we??? We don't ever have to worry about if our future foster children will be accepted in our family, with our friends and their children, or at our church. Everyone has just been great and I wanted to say thank you! Thank you for your blessing and especially your prayers!
I know I have mentioned that I teach the preschool class on Wednesday nights at church. I have 7 girls and 1 boy. (The little guy is a new development and I often feel bad for him. At least he is smart enough to do exactly what those girls tell him! Ha!) During our story time last Wednesday I sat them down and explained that Mr. Joe and I are going to be foster parents. I explained it the best I could to 3, 4, and 5 year olds. They asked tons of questions and by the time we were done I am pretty sure they had the best grasp of the situation that they could. I asked them if they were going to be nice to the foster kids that I bring to church with me. One of the little girls responses was, "Of course, Mrs. Rae. I'm always nice to little babies." I explained that we may not have a little baby. That we may have a big kid like her. Her response, "Oh. Well....yeah. I'll be nice because they are your foster kids." Ha! She had to really think about it! I love the honesty of preschoolers!
They always say their prayers after story time. They usually each say their own prayer that they come up with all on their own. (Prayer time takes a while sometimes, and I often have to bite my tongue so I don't laugh, but it is my favorite!) One little girl's prayer on Wednesday night was "Father, Thank you for Mrs. Rae. Thank you for making her be a foster parent. And please give her the most wonderful kids ever!" Is that not the sweetest thing you have ever read!?! At 3 years-old, I'm pretty sure she gets it.
So thank you again to everyone for being so excited for us. And for praying for us. You have no idea how much we appreciate it!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Our first baby's world is about the change. And bless her heart, she doesn't even have a clue!