We are all excited to finally be bringing the kids home. We both have work obligations that we need to see to next week, so we will be traveling to get the kids NEXT weekend. It falls at the start of Spring Break for all the kids so it will be a nice time to all be together for the week before school picks back up. Please know that with all of the excitement there will be a lot of transition happening and we envy your continued prayers. Our children have been blessed to have some consistency in their life while in foster care which is such a blessing - - but will make the transition to our home difficult as they will be grieving the relationships that they will be losing by coming into our home. We will still be keeping in touch with some of those people and know that they will always have a place in their lives - - but it will not be the same and will be a hard transition for our new young ones.
We are once again meshing and melding into a new family dynamic. There will be seven little ones in our home getting used to each other and we will be working to find our new normal. Please be patient with us - - we may hole up for a while - - we may decline coming to events - - we may not want people over to the house. When we do make appearances out in public - please respect our space and decisions with our kids. Please don't hug on them or offer them things without asking. We are working at having them bond and attach to us and it gets confusing and has added stress when out in public. Please don't tell them how lucky they are to have us or how blessed we must be - - they have lost a lot in their little lives to be in the situation that they are joining our family and it is not to be taken lightly. Please honor and respect the time that we feel we need to give to our kids - - but please DON'T DISAPPEAR!! Please still pray for us - please text or message words of encouragement - please check in and see how we are doing - please offer to help out with the other kids in the house. We love you all and appreciate the support and encouragement that you guys have shown our family as God has grown our family into what it has now become. We definitely could not have done it without all of your prayers and support.
As excited as we are that the paperwork is finally done and we are finally getting to bring these precious kiddos home - - the real adventure is just beginning. The next weeks and months will be hard. There will be tears and hard times...but there will be joy and laughter too! Through it all we will continue to lean on God and trust His plan for our family. We will continue to give God the glory because without Him we would be nothing.