Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Some News...

Dear Ones:

Well, I do have some news to share. Not the fantastic news I continue to hope I will one day share with all of you, but good news none the less. Last Thursday night during Zion's birthday party my cell phone rang. The ringtone was the one I have given to our social worker so I don't drive myself crazy every time the phone rings.

Needless to say my heart started racing and I began to think Zion was not going to be the only one receiving a gift that night.

Our worker began by asking me if Eric and I would ever consider respite care? This took me off guard because we never really even thought about it before. She explained that another foster family with a baby boy needs respite care from July 3rd - July 17th. I told her I would need to talk to my guys and get back to her.

After hanging up the phone and digging down deep not to cry, I went back to the party and waited until I could talk with my guys. Everyone was in agreement to do this. So we will have a temporary new family member next month. I asked when I told her yes if we would still be notified when a baby girl was in need and she assured me that our family was number one on her list when that was the case, even if the little guy is still with us.

So we will get a taste of loving and leaving. I am continuing to trust that this whole thing is not about me and ask forgiveness when I so easily slip into the mentality that it is. May God be glorified.



  1. What an amazing gift you're willing to offer to little ones and other families. I hope that God blesses you immensely with this new journey.

  2. I'm sure this will be a blessing to you while you help this little guy and it will be good practice for your boys. I am glad that your social worker is clear with what you are waiting for in a placement. It helps so much to have a good social worker who is on the same page as you. I think she will be just as excited to call you!!! Ring phone ring!!!

    I hope to call you later today if that works!

  3. Even though it isn't the news your hoped for it is still exciting. You'll get to be such a blessing to a little baby.

  4. God WILL bless you with the desires of your heart. He might even change those desires.... We are praying for you here. What a wonderful person you are to help so much!

  5. Someone else surely got a gift that night... that little baby who needs you, even if only for a short while. You are an inspiration...

  6. I am the only foster parent in our town. There are about 3 families in a neighboring town and quite a few in the town after that. In all 3 towns, there is ONE respite worker whom I will NOT use. Foster families need respite. It is desperately needed here. I commend you for stepping in and helping out. To everyone else who does not feel called to be a full time foster parent, consider respite care. It isn't hard and it is a huge blessing to those doing it 24/7. Thanks for doing this for this little guy and for the family.

  7. Praying for your family. You have a beautiful heart.

  8. I just came across your blog through iheartfaces... Just wanted to let you know that our family will absolutely be praying for you. Loved reading about your adoption journey as we look to adopt one day as well. I'm excited for you and will be praying!

  9. Oh Michelle,
    God will surely bless you and your family through this effort. Who better to love this little guy than you and your family of wonderful guys, even if it is for a short time.

    Blessings to you and yours!

  10. We did respite at least 5 times before we got 'Little Guy' and we wanted a girl. Opening your heart is a great way to let God bless you. Respite care is great, we loved doing it. Good luck!

  11. Is respite care for foster care families who go on vacation or out of town and need to leave the foster child or children while gone? When we did foster care we took our kids with us. I guess if its for a business trip or something you can not but for vacations, weddings, funerals, etc, the kids always went.....just like family. Maybe I dont understand respite??

  12. We did respite while waiting on an adoption...God was in the details and every respite left God's fingerprints on us and on them. Actually, three of them (a sibling group) that we were to do respite for 10 days for...became our children. (our adoption to Guatemala was put on hold...within 10 months of their respite with us...they were officially ours)

    bless you as you give your heart and your home to the glory of God!

    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted

  13. we havevbeen there since day 1 and i know u are in gods will....


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