With my husband’s permission, I have decided to share our journey as foster-to-adopt parents. 💑
We are anxiously beginning the journey full of doubts and hesitation and I want to share all of it in real time, warts and all.
It took a long time to get here and we can list 100 reasons why it’s a terrible idea. We’ve had family members be outspoken against it which has made it difficult to share publicly. Unfortunately, we don’t have everyone’s support or approval of this decision, and we have to be ok with that.
The decision to become a foster/adoptive family was (is) scary. We’ve never struggled with fertility. We have healthy children – a girl and boy! We already have the “perfect” nuclear family 👨👩👧👦. So what made us decide to make our lives really uncomfortable? We are “doing it scared” because of 1 important reason:
We are pro-life.
I may have just lost a few followers for that politically unpopular statement, but it’s part of our story. We have 100 reasons not to start this journey, but just 1 that makes us dismiss them all. We believe being pro-life doesn’t just mean “pro-fetus.” We believe it comes with the enormous burden of being pro-mother, pro-baby, pro-child, and pro-humanity. We believe being pro-life means being part of the solution.
I recently watched the movie “Instant Family” where
Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne adopt 3 foster kids. Wahlberg’s character,
“People who take in foster kids are really special. The kind of people who volunteer when it’s not even a holiday. We don’t even volunteer on a holiday.”
I think a lot of us have this misconception that we don’t have what it takes to do this type of work. If you were to attend one of these training classes and hear some of the dumb questions being asked, you would feel qualified! 😳
Our Pastor often says “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” The truth is, we are ALL called to serve the orphans and widows among us (James 1:27). We can all serve in one way or another. Maybe foster parenting isn’t your calling, but don’t miss out on your calling, whatever that is! We all have one!
I look forward to sharing more about our journey with you over the next several months. I will be relying heavily on your support and encouragement along the way! Thank you for being my people!! I’m going to need you. 👊
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