What practical things did you do to prepare for the first “call?”
This was one of the most exciting parts of the process for me. Since we weren’t pregnant, and we didn’t get to experience the “prepare the nursery” in the traditional sense, I went full-on foster nesting mode! The only difference was that for us, there was a little more guess work. 🙂
We asked for a child under two years old, either gender, so we started by painting the nursery, buying some toys, and buying a crib. I designed the whole nursery loosely around a fox theme. (I hate saying that and I didn’t tell anyone because then people would only buy fox stuff for gifts… :)) It was (and still is!) a super cute room! I love it so much!
So we set up a nursery with a really nice crib, a bookshelf that had tons of storage for books and toys, a great rug to lay over the carpet for some more design, and a dresser that doubled as a changing table. I went shopping at our local traveling consignment sale and spent about $100 buying an outfit or two and some PJs for each gender, size newborn through 18 months. I wanted to buy enough to get us through the first couple of days.
We got a list of local daycares from our licensing agency, and confirmed openings in our expected age range.
So the unisex room was perfect, the convertible carseat was in the car, the stroller was in the closet, and we were all ready for our first call.
In July of 2014, around 1:00 in the afternoon, I got the call that our foster license had been approved and was waiting on a signature! Yay!
Around 2:00 that same afternoon, I got another call. Our first placement.
One boy, one girl.
As in, two of everything. BOTH genders.
We had only prepped for ONE of everything, you know, because we were thinking ahead and we totally knew what was coming. Right?!
At 4:00 that same afternoon, the twins were at our house.
Yes, things happen very quickly in the foster care world. (Well, except when they don’t. Which is a whole ‘nother post.)
So, you can imagine our predicament. Y’all, COMMUNITY. I made a couple of phone calls/Facebook messages, and within an hour, we had a TON of extra clothes, diapers, another crib, two more carseats, an extra stroller, and the love and support of a ton of friends. COMMUNITY. (Remember the support I talked about yesterday? THAT.)
One moral of this story is that even though you can take some practical steps to prepare for the first placement call, you really never know what the Lord is sending your way. And THAT is how foster care plays out many, many times. Sometimes I think the prepping stages for the practical sides of things are really just, you know, prepping stages for this whole deal.