Saturday, September 21, 2013

One Year Later. A Late Night (Sleep Deprived) Update

Apologies in advance for any incoherent thoughts tonight.

 It's been quiet on this blog lately, but real life has been anything but! 

In the last three weeks we've:

*Entered the world of self employment-- a little scary and confusing, but REALLY exciting! 
*Successfully worked through some educational dilemmas with Noah.
*Watched Miriam as a mini queen at our local festival. 
*Caught up with my sister and her kiddos while they visited.
*Entertained J and her friends periodically.
*Soaked up as much simple family time as possible.
*Snuck in a much needed kid-free trip to visit my big sister in NYC.

 Row Boating in Central Park

Today marks one year since we made our first official move toward foster adoption. 

Yesterday, we attended the same carnival as last year, its intention to connect foster youth with adoptive families. 

Last year, we had no real ability to pursue an adoption of any of the kids. We hadn't spoken to a social worker, hadn't a clue how to start the adoption process. Amos and I wandered the carnival aimlessly, feeling a little like stalkers as we watched the kids enjoying the festivities. It took all of our courage to inquire about one little boy we thought might be in our "age range."

This year, we brought our whole crew along. We were greeted by our licensing supervisor, saw familiar couples from our class, and enjoyed watching our kids play alongside all the others. We inquired about three kids and ended up talking to social workers of three others. Three of the children we learned about were well above our official age range. None of this was stressful. 

For now, I feel at peace knowing that God's got this. After praying, we've decided to call on Monday to ask a whole list of questions about the kids we feel might fit into our family. 

In licensing news, we'll be meeting on Monday to approve our home study. Then we'll have one more paper to sign before we're officially able to take foster placements! Our licensing worker told us that they almost called about an emergency placement last week but then remembered that we were in New York. It's crazy that we could've accepted our first short term placement already!

Now all I think about is how cluttered the kids rooms are on an given day... if my house is ready to welcome kids at a moments' notice. What we need to have on hand that we don't... A dozen concrete to-do's... and they will all be completed without a guarantee that we'll ever receive a placement. It feels a lot like decorating a nursery before a pregnancy, but that is the way of foster care! 

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