Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Perm Plan

"We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes." 
-David Platt


 A word that I can use to describe foster care. That's why people are not lined up to do it! The stories, the faces - they enter  your home and your heart and you fall in love. But foster care only exists because something in a child's life has gone wrong. Falling in love is not hard for my family. Taking toddlers out on the town is challenging but it's not impossible. For us, their exit from our home is heartbreaking. It takes faith - God is the only one that can watch over them now, their lives belong to Him. We worry, we cry and after all of that - we do it again because if we don't, who will? Just because it is hard for us, should that be a reason not to love those little ones that have nobody to love them? God has given us a command - care for the orphans. My family has felt this call as a strong pull on our hearts. Baby M is the newest part of the plan; our newest love! Once you hold her in your arms, everything changes. 

 And speaking update!

Baby M has had a big week! 

{If you have not meet this little one, you can find her here.}

Today, she had her two week check up with the pediatrician - now weighing 8lbs 1oz {she is growing so fast} She will also have a doctors appointment Monday. If you are a mom, you probably understand this - Baby M is confusing day and night {asleep all day, awake all night}. This may be a result of some of the things that happened to her during the pregnancy. My poor parents are falling asleep all over the house during the day and still managing to work {how miserable}. But ya'll, they are incredible - 45 and kickin' it like they are 30; Your everyday heroes.

Thursday, we had a meeting with the family to make a permanency plan {the exit custody plan}. The permanency plan will be approved by a judge at the ratification hearing {April 5} & we will now have visitation with the family every Monday. There will be a adjudication hearing April 1st {when I figure out what that is, I will let you know} Foster families stay busy, busy, busy! It is an uncomfortable journey but we are in it to the end. I guess what they say is true, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”  

Here's to a Saturday full of basketball, coffee and love!  

*By no means is this meant to brag on my family in any way, I only want to give you insight into foster care and my family's decision to be a part of the system.  

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