Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Our Foster Child

Yeah, eons since my last post, I know.  Been a bit busy. :)

To make a super long story as short as possible... with more details to come later....

We have our first foster placement as of Friday, September 30.  It's a little 9 month old boy.  He is honest to Pete one of the cutest things I've ever seen!  We're already completely in love with this little one!

Mike is out of town this week on a business trip, so I've been a single mom for a few days. **And let me just interject here that if you are a single mom with more than one child, GOD BLESS YOU and I have no idea how you do it!!  I can handle one for sure.  Two is a bit more demanding, but still doable.  THREE, with that 3rd being an infant, and doing it without my husband.... shoot me now!!  My hat's off to any single mom.  Those are brave souls there, folks!! ** Trying to learn a baby who I just got  has been more challenging than I was prepared for.  When you are pregnant, you have 9 months to prepare for a baby to arrive.  Once the baby is here, at least a woman gets some maternity leave.  Not so with foster care.  Nope.  I had less than 18 hours notice that I was getting an infant and was back to work in 48 hours.  And thank the good LORD that this kid has decent sleep habits!  He's gotten even better over the past couple of nights.  That is a blessing for SURE!  You would think after doing this twice with my own that I would have some sort of memory of what to do with a 9 month old.  Yeah - I didn't.  It's been a learning process for sure, but we're doing well.

Today was the first court hearing.  We didn't get to go full out into the adjudication hearing today.  They had to reschedule for a couple weeks from now.  I'm here to tell you, this straight and narrow girl doesn't do well in those sorts of situations.  I have been a nervous wreck since I found out just yesterday that I had to be there with our little guy.  I have been an emotional basketcase since the hearing.  So many thoughts have run through my brain, I can't even articulate any of them well enough to do them justice here.  I know after today how I will specifically pray over the next couple of weeks.  I can't go into a lot of detail, but if you're reading this, please pray that the judge presiding today would remain the judge over the whole deal.  There's a chance another one will be requested, but I'm praying heaven down that this one stays.  Pray our little guy will get to stay with us.  I know I need to pray that whatever God's will is, that is what will come to pass and ultimately I know that's what needs to happen.  However right now, I can't get past my selfishness of wanting to keep our baby.  Pray that I can see these people involved how Jesus sees them and not how my flesh wants to see them, because after today, I need the eyes and the heart of Jesus more than ever before.  Pray that someone will be able to reach this family with the Gospel.  It breaks my heart to see people so far away from the Lord.  I don't understand it at all.  Today just reaffirmed all the more that Jesus is the ONLY way to have any hope or joy in this life.

I hope to update this blog a bit more now.  I need an outlet to get out some of this info, and some of you may want to follow along on out journey, so I will do my best.

Pray for our family.  We will have our baby at least until October 18th.  We have a long road ahead of us.  None of the steps are easy.  We will need Jesus to walk very closely by us all in the days ahead.  Any time you think of foster families, adoption, the justice system, anything like that, pray for us. We are desperate for the Lord to show Himself might in our family.


Superchikk said...

So glad you updated! 140 characters on Twitter just isn't enough!

Praying for you guys, and this sweet little thing that gets to be loved on by your family!

Anonymous said...

Praying, Jill! ...I can't imagine what your hearts are going through in all of this.
And, truthfully, I am amazed...adoption is something I have always wanted to do. I've only thought about fostering or fostering to adopt. I believe strongly in it. And there are so many kids who need homes. I just don't know if I could handle the experience of having kids come into my home and into my heart and then have them leave. How selfish am I? right?
We will certainly be praying for you brave, God-loving souls! ...and this mom is praying her heart out that God lets your little man stay!!!
We love you guys! Let us know if we can help in any way!! Desty

Jennifer said...

What a blessed little guy he is! And yes, one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen! :) Praying for God to give you strength, patience, understanding, and grace as walk this journey. So proud of you!!!