Fostering

On to the next chapter.

So as some of you may already know, our little foster squish’s custody was awarded to someone else today during a hearing, effective immediately. It was as huge a surprise to us as it was to our case worker, as she had anticipated him staying in our care for at least 6 months. And so this morning I began packing up some things for him {clothing, formula, diapers, etc}. Because of the generosity of all of our friends and family, I was able to send him off with diapers, a diaper bag, blankets, clothing, and enough formula for a month {it will be up to his guardians to supply formula without aid from WIC or until they are able to apply for WIC, and because I don’t know their personal ability to provide for him I wanted to make sure we gave him as much as we could}.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry. I did. But in all honesty, I am not sad. Really, I’m not. I love that little squish, but God really helped me prepare my heart for this exact moment. Every day since we brought him home from the hospital I have had the same thought running through my mind: ‘you are providing for him until someone else can’.  And today, that ‘someone else’ will begin caring for him. The hard part for me will be wondering if ‘they’re doing things right’. Do they swaddle him correctly? Do they know he likes to burp after each ounce? Don’t wait until 2 ounces!! Will they give him tummy time? Who knows! Well, God knows. And I cannot let myself worry about things that are out of my control. Continued prayers for him are appreciated… if you’re the prayin’ type.

Here are Charlotte’s thoughts on our visitor {ha, she’s a phony, saying ‘no’ to everything…. she LOVED that baby!}

As for Chris and I, we are excited. Excited for a full night’s sleep, excited to clean our house this weekend, and excited to take on the next kiddo in need {though I am praying for a little down-time in between placements}.

Personally, I’m excited to have only 1 diaper bag to pack, 1 child to load in the car, 1 child to feed on demand… for a little while, at least.

Thank you again to everyone who continues to support us. If you are a mama who generously let me borrow clothing, it will be coming back to you shortly. If you are a mama who generously donated clothing or formula or diapers, you helped provide for a kiddo in need in a big way. Regardless, all of y’all are living out scripture. Yay for showing love through actions!

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.     1 John 3:17-18

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