From September to November, we had been taking classes to be certified as foster parents. The original plan was only doing respite foster care, which is short-term care to help out other foster families.
Two weeks ago, our social worker called and asked if we would be willing to accept the placement of a two-week old baby into our home.
We knew a call like this would come....because God was changing something in our hearts about fostering.
He was making it clear that we were to be foster parents. Potentially for the long-term.
But let me make something clear. Fostering is not what I ever wanted to do.
I didn't grow up dreaming to be a foster parent-- Longing for days when I would have children who had experienced trauma placed in my home. Living with the unknown of how long they would be a part of our family.
Nope. Definitely didn't picture that for my future.
But a few years ago I made the decision that God's dreams for me were always bigger and better than my own.
So I laid my plans aside.
And we decided to do full-term foster care. We plunged head-first into the pool of parenthood.
From childless to two-week old in a week's time.
Yup. Definitely not my plan.
We have the space. We have the time. We have two dogs that love to give big wet kisses to small children. And more importantly we have a lot of love to give.
Last Saturday, we welcomed a little baby boy into our home. One week prior, when we accepted the placement, we had NO baby items in our house. NUH-THING.
Though we are in the adoption process, we are still a ways off from traveling. So we weren't prepared.
However, we have some pretty great people around us who stepped up to the plate and helped us get what we needed to welcome the little guy into our home.
- Meals have been provided for the month of december.
- A friend came and put our baby furniture together.
- Diapers and wipes and baby items have been donated.
- Plenty of outfits have been given that make him the handsomest baby on the planet. (obviously).
We are surrounded by the true definition of "community."
There is no timeline for how long we'll have the little guy. Could be days, months, or years.
Since his tomorrow is not promised with us, we will focus on today. We will love him, and kiss him, and give him the chance to learn what it feels like to be wanted.
We have been given such a gift for this time. The ability to pour into a little human that otherwise would be in a very unstable environment. What a privilege and an honor.
It's still not something I've ever wanted.....but I know it's right where we need to be......
****Because of privacy and safety issues, we can't share his name or pictures, but we'll try and share as much as we can about the journey!