Welcome to the October 2015 #31days series! This year, I’m sharing about our journey as foster parents and hopefully shed some light on this crazy foster care world! Each day throughout the series, I’ll be answering a question that I commonly get about foster care. Find the full list of questions by clicking here!
Along the way, if you find that I’m not planning to answer a question, please email me or comment, and I’ll add your question to the Day 30 post. I know that I can’t cover every aspect of foster care, so I’d love to at least be able to address any additional questions! No question is off limit! Please ask!
On to our story. 🙂 In the interest of full disclosure, I hope to be sharing some really fun stuff, some really hard stuff, and some really [heart] stuff. No judgement, please. I know that everyone’s journey is not the same. This is ours.
This was our “we’re expecting!” photo, except we were “expecting” an already-born child, not “expecting” to birth a baby. 🙂
Oh, we were just babies.
When we first got married, we made a “child plan” that included waiting five years after getting married to try to have children. Our original plan was to have natural-born children the normal way. Foster care/adoption wasn’t really a blip on our radars.
Thankfully, the Lord changed all of that.
Somewhere along the way, and I can’t even pinpoint when it happened, our hearts were completely changed. Twist-turned upside-down, if you will. We decided (which, side note, was just an illusion of control. The Lord totally changed our minds for us, in the best way.) that we would become foster parents before having children biologically. Then we even discussed whether or not to have biological children at all. (That’s still up in the air, by the way.)
We knew in our souls that fostering children temporarily, and adopting permanently, would be a huge part of our family story. We decided to apply for foster parenting just before our 5th wedding anniversary so that we could have our license sometime shortly after. The timeline worked out well and we were licensed foster parents as of July 2014.
We’ve been on this journey for just over a year. It has been quite the ride and we know that it’s just the beginning.
I’ll be digging into this more deeply this month, and I hope you’ll join in. I also hope that for any of you that are considering foster care or adoption, you’ll find some humor, some encouragement, and some community.