Saturday, January 1, 2011

Foster.

You might be a foster mom if...


You might be a foster mom if you have to call and get permission to get your kid's hair cut.


You might be a foster mom if you have more baby's mamas than anyone you have ever ran across.


You might be a foster mom if you asked your hubby right before Christmas "Can I have two little girls for Christmas?"


You might be a foster mom if a week off means no visits.


You might be a foster mom if you have "gut feelings" about other people's kids.


You might be a foster mom if you see kids of all different colors and you think "wow, what a beautiful family."


You might be a foster mom if you are constantly worried if all the medicines and cleaners in your house are lock away properly.


You might be a foster mom if you regularly have to deal with people who make no sense.


You might be a foster mom if you let people walk all over you because you love their kids.


You might be a foster mom if you dream of being in a court room signing adoption papers instead of in a delivery room giving birth.


You might be a foster mom if you thought you would only take certain kinds of "situations" and now you say yes to just about any phone call you get.


You might be a foster mom if you are able to love kids like they are your own within one minute of learning they even exist.


You might be a foster mom if you know all the correct terms like "ICP"  "DHS" and  "GAL"


You might be a foster mom if in your basement you have clothes that would fit any size child, boy or girl.


You might be a foster mom if you own more car seats than will fit in your car.


You might be a foster mom if you are used to retarded people making retarded decisions all the time and you manage to plan ahead for them.


You might be a foster mom if you look at every day as if it might be your last.


You might be a foster mom if you are willing to take on the pain of others so it will hurt these kids just a little less.


You might be a foster mom if the kids that were with you last Christmas weren't with you this Christmas.


You might be a foster mom if you have to refer to the bedrooms in your house by the color on their walls instead of by who does/did sleep in them.


You might be a foster mom if kids that you barely know call you mom....and you love it.


You might be a foster mom if your heart has been broken too many times, and you still say yes to the next call.


You might be a foster mom if you decide to take on a system that is more broken than anything you have ever seen in your life.


You might be a foster mom if you read all this, understand it, and still decide to do it.



Sisters, I am so proud of all of you.  Every single one of you who has spent years doing this, months doing this, or is still working on the paper work and waiting for your first call.  This is not for the faint of heart but it IS for us.  You don't have to be equipped (I wasn't) but you do have to be willing to say yes.

Thank you for saying YES.

18 comments:

jendoop said...

Great post, thanks for the encouragement. Having foster mom blogger friends makes it all a little easier!

Our Journey said...

Love it! I just may have to make my own list :-)

StarfishMom said...

Happy New Year Mama :) Here's to another year of this crazy, unpredictable, twisty, turny life!!! XOXOXO

Mrs. Bird said...

Great post :) Happy New Year!!!

Debbie said...

This list is great. A nice encouragement for me. We don't get much support and understanding in our real lives I'm glad I've found some foster mamas blogs to help me stay focused and get licensed.

Glenda said...

Love your post. loved the first one made me laugh alot. I needed that today.

Glenda

Shelly said...

Came upon your site through a Facebook link and loved it! So very true! Thanks for the smiles=)

Grandma Gaye said...

So true Julie you made me laugh and cry at the same time. I would add to it You know you are a Foster Mom when your mother(the foster grandmother) loves those kids as much as you and cries at the thought of them going back to an abusive home when you could parent and love that child more and complete your eternal family.

Heather said...

Such a great post, heartbreaking but true.
Happy New Year!

Diane said...

Love it! Happy New Year!

Beck G. said...

Love this. But can I change it to "foster sister" ;)

Tammy (aka. Mimi) said...

I always like that I have the "I would totally drive, but I can only fit one additional grown up in my car" excuse. My back seat is always filled with carseats and boosters of various sizes. My lunch buddies have pretty much learned that someone else is going to have to drive if there are more than two of us. :-)

Crayon said...

...if you don't find it odd to come out of the shower and hear multiple teenagers out in the hall that weren't there when you got in the shower...when a few months ago it was just you living in your house alone! Ah! LOL. Great list.

Mary said...

LOVE it!

Jess said...

I just found your blog! It's so sweet!

mamamargie said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! I think I'm going to post this on my wall! :)

Amanda Spano said...

love it!!

Lillie Shaver said...

Well said!