Hi. Hello. How are you?! Mucho gusto! Greetings! Salutations!
I am so excited to tell everyone that we have new foster kids! And they are wonderful and kind, and helpful and sweet and great and I love them to pieces already.
We have three: Natalie is 11, David is 10 and Maggie is 4. Again, these are not their real names. I want to tell you so much about them I can't decide what to write first.
Maggie just barely turned four and she is super tiny. She and Frances run around the house shouting at each other and closing doors so they can play by themselves. They share toys and play unintelligible games together. This afternoon I walked into Frances' room to find them both lying on the floor pretending to sleep with all of Frances' stuffed animals cuddling with them. Later they were jumping on Frances' bed. It was the first time I've had to tell children not to do that. Frances was clearly in heaven with this new and magical pastime.
Natalie is so quiet and sweet. She really needs a lot of love and affirmation and it's easy to give. I am so impressed with her resilience. Not just to heal but to remain innocent and naive amidst so much trouble that she has faced. She is beautiful.
David adores Mr. P. Last night before bed, he prayed that Mr. P wouldn't have to work so much so he could play with him. I almost died when I heard that. There is nothing more adorable than a kid in love with a good man.
I have been so happy since they have come into our home. It has certainly been an absolute whirlwind of crazy since they came at two in the morning last Friday with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We installed a door to make a bedroom for David, went to the doctor for health screenings, saw therapists for mental health screenings, went shopping for clothes to make it through the weekend, registered for school and made pizza for dinner all on less than five hours of sleep on Friday. Whew!
I wish I could tell you everything about them. But I will tell you what I would want everyone who works with them and who might see me with them in a grocery store to know:
These beautiful children have been through too much. They have been keeping secrets for people who think only of themselves. But they still smile. A lot. Please love them. Please be gentle.
Children are a miracle! There is such a magical spirit around children and I am so glad to have that wonderful spirit in my home, in my car and all around me. Foster care has brought me so much joy. It is a privilege to have these children in our home.