We went down to Tennessee for a visit, to see the grandparents and my sister Cindy and her family, for the 4th. It was a wonderful visit for us, seeing Abby with my parents and Michael’s. Michael’s parents hadn’t seen Abby for over a year and my parents last visit was at Christmas. So it’s been a while for us to have some time with them.
Thankfully Lizzy was able to get some time off from work and come with us. Abby did really well, she at first was a touch stand offish towards the grandpapa’s but went to the grandmas’ right away. Usually by the second day they were more open to the papa’s.
I think everyone could have eaten Abby up, she’s so darn cute and sweet. There are no words for how blessed we are, everyone has accepted Abby as if she came from my own body. My heart runneth over.
We did have some good discussion with Michael’s parents about fostering in the future. It was so cute to see his mom, she knew how the state pays for things, so it doesn’t hurt you financially to foster. Many people don’t realize that you don’t pay for health care, that you can sign the child up with wic and that the state pays you so much a day to care for their children.
We still aren’t there yet but I do feel the desire to do this in the future. I know that if it hadn’t been for Tiffany, taking our Abby, maybe we wouldn’t have her. I think it would be an honor to give back, to see families reunited or new families fall in love with their children. God has put these children in my heart and mind, and I want to be used for them. What better way to say thank you, to give back just a small portion. To take care of a child and help them to find their family, that God intended for them all along. God puts things and people in our hearts for a reason, why would I not follow my own heart.
There are so many reasons that people may come up with, to not do this. The economy, age, not enough bedrooms, all kinds of reasons. But if we all have these excuses then who will foster, who will protect these children. So often, I look at Abby and I know the horrors we have protected her from. We aren’t perfect, we don’t have a mansion, we are older, we get tired but she gives us such joy everyday. Michael or one of the girls come home from a bad day at work, and in her little silly and gentle way, she bashes that bad mood away. Not only do we give protection and security to these children, but we get joy, pure joy.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6