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Foster Care

A Family Vacation With Six Kids

What the Ocean Can Do For Your Soul

It’s been a year since I shared a post like this, and I could have never dreamed this next year would have brought this.
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At this time last year, we had only had Little foster Buddy five months, and it was such a rough ride and we were so new in the game, we were still expecting he would be heading home within some months.
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Through heartache after hurdle, triumph slowly emerged, and though we grieved with him that he could not go home, we rejoiced for the privilege of watching him continue to grow and heal each day we kept him. This news also brought another, long awaited surprise to our family: his biological sister also needed a forever home, so with a deep breath and faces turned away from fear of the Unknown, we welcomed her in arms wide open, my new prayer begging God for strength to do the work He set before me.
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So here we are, adding two more children to our permanent family within one year’s time. The pink and sparkles and squeals break up the blue and whoops and grunts in a most rewarding way.
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The chaos has grown, the toys, clutter and shenanigans have multiplied, the tears and conversations and planning has seemed endless, and we are still months away from finishing paperwork and appointments, but here in this moment, It Is Well.
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This photo tells so much of us: our older ones growing and heading fearlessly into the waves, laughing louder as the waves swell higher. The younger ones trailing behind, following suit as best as they can muster of courage. Our two newest hanging back just a bit, Little Sis seeing Florida for the first time and both of them wrestling with and overcoming wild fear of sharks in the ocean from past experiences.
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But we did it. And we are doing it. And I’ll promise you it is not nearly always even close to this pretty, but I’m choosing to live in this moment because it’s what keeps me going.
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And I am just so very grateful. For this moment. This life. And what this year has brought to us.

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