I have the most amazing foster children. Along with my biological children, they are the reason I believe I was put on this earth. They came to us broken, abused, and neglected. They will be leaving us whole.
"S", though sometimes a typical 3-year-old, challenging her parents and talking back, is a joy. When she came to us, she was a foul mouthed kid with no boundaries and teeth rotting out of her head. Today she is bright and energetic. She learned how to use a computer and PBSkids.org is her favorite website. She loves puzzles and can complete them on her own. She is inquisitive. Her favorite thing in the entire world is to be read to. She is empathetic. She has a knack for complimenting. And I love her. From September 15 until March 15, I am her mommy. It has been an honor.
"I" came to us as a baby with a blank stare. He rarely laughed and barely ever made a noise - good or bad. He had not spoken his first word. He could crawl, but at 30 pounds and almost 1, he could not walk. Today he is a child of many expressions. His laugh is contagious. He says "Momma, Daddy, uh oh," and most importantly, "Dog." He runs, chasing all of us around the big circle in the house. He is incredibly smart and likes to carry around a stool to reach all of those forbidden places. He can point to his shoes, his head, his nose, his ears, and his mouth. His best friend is a 60 pound yellow lab. His eyes light up when you walk in the room. And I love him. From September 15 until March 15, I am his mommy. It has been an honor.
Today we learned that they will move on to a wonderful family. It is what we had hoped and prayed for. We are blessed to have their new parents as friends - or something closer (it's an unexplainable relationship). Once I talked to this family about the possibility of being our kids' forever home, I knew with certainty that everything would be okay. God had a hand in this from the beginning. We were meant to be "S&I's" foster parents just as they were meant to be their forever parents. I wanted these children forever. I begged God and Brian and they both said, "No." I was crushed and despondent then, but of course, this was the plan all along.
Brian and I will continue to foster. It is our mission. This is what we were supposed to do. We see that more clearly now than ever. However, I will never stop loving these first two. They hold a special place in my heart. So today, as we learned "officially" that our kids would be moving on, it has been absolutely the best and the hardest day as a foster parent.