Friday, March 28, 2014

Update to "Waiting Game"

Three days after I wrote the last post, we had a training meeting with other local foster families, our licensing worker and others. It gave me a fresh perspective about why we are trying to do this fostering stuff.

When we told our social worker that we were seriously considering giving up on DSS and adopting from another agency, she said "oh, well whenever people say that, they usually have a placement within a week."

Sure enough, 4 days later, she called us.
A baby needed a safe place to stay.
Would we be willing to take a baby?

Well, how could I say no to a baby?!

So yesterday we brought home a new baby.

We don't know how long the baby will be with us, and in this particular case there are certainly more questions than there are answers... but for now, we will take care of that baby the best we can, sleepless nights and all, and leave the worrying up to God.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More of The Waiting Game

I'm weary, worn-out and wondering "why?"

I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.

I'm not sleeping well.

I'm not Super-Mom.

We are frustrated with waiting. It's been 12 months since we finished our MAPP classes and 9 months since we've become licensed foster parents. Why are we still waiting for a placement when there are over 500,000 children languishing in America's foster care system? It baffles me. We have an empty room with 2 beds in it. It is collecting dust, completely empty. It's a bit frustrating.

I'm not doubting God's plans, don't get me wrong. I keep His promises in my heart. I know He has good plans for me, for us (Jeremiah 29:11). I just wish I could break-through all the bureaucratic red-tape and help get children out of neglectful, abusive, unsafe conditions and into a stable, loving home.

So if you happen to see me teary-eyed, staring into space, or a little disgruntled at the world... I'm just having one of those moments.