Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why We Do It

The miracle of life is amazing to me.  Sperm and egg…embryo…fetus…baby.  cells
Any woman that has ever had difficulty trying to conceive knows that timing needs to be perfect.  You chart and graph so much to expose the opportune time to create a life.  So much, in fact, that you could teach some research scientists a thing or two.  I know this from experience (but that is another post).
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I am awed by the miracle of life.
Now imagine all of that timing coming together to create a precious little life and it not being in your body.
Imagine steps ordained and seeds planted long before you ever knew that little heart had even started beating.
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Imagine that child coming into the world through another woman. 
Imagine that child scared, in environments that aren’t safe, and not knowing that it isn’t alright.  It isn’t their fault.
And now imagine that child in your arms.  Entrusted to you.  Your care and love is what is needed to heal a broken heart, a wounded trust, and maybe even a bruised body.
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It isn’t easy to know what they have been through.
It is even harder to know they may return to it.
But knowing that you made a difference, that you were that safe place to land (if only for a short while)…I simply have no words.
I have been asked a lot about foster care by readers, friends, and even strangers. 
We now have 2 foster children in our home and the questions and comments pour in (good and bad).  I just felt I would share why we do what God put on our hearts to do.
If you think you have the heart for foster care, I would love to talk with you.  It may not be the right thing for you and your family.  But if you feel the tug I encourage you to research it more.  Find a foster parent and talk with them.  Really talk and ask the real questions you want to know the answers to. 
You can always email me at momtriedit@gmail.com
Kim

16 comments:

  1. Oh what a lovely, heartfelt post Kim. You are so kind and generous for what you do. I know it probably wears heavy on your heart that baby girl may have to go back home some day. I'm praying for you and your family.

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  2. Beautiful. You are truly a gift from above for those children, as I am sure they are to you. You're family is in my thoughts.

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  3. What a wonderful post, and anyone who says something negative about you fostering is rather foolish.

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  4. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your heart!

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  5. I think that it is a beautiful and kind thing that you do.

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  6. I am so thankful to God that those kids have you. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  7. love, love, love it! i wish everyone saw the miracle of life through your beautiful eyes!

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  8. You said it Kim! We serve an awesome God. Wish I knew long ago that we could foster. I am so excited to begin, getting impatient waiting! Looking forward to joining in on the journey with you.

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  9. Kim - I read this earlier this was and was in a hurry, so I didn't comment. Please forgive me. You've been on my heart so much. I really admire the love that you are giving to these children through foster care. You are in my prayers as you selflessly give and care with such love.

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  10. Someone (it's late I can't remember who) posted a link to your blog. She wrote that you were a foster parent. I am so thankful I can read your blog. My husband and I have finished our classes to become foster/adoptive parents but our application was put on hold because we found out we were pregnant sadly we lost the baby. We are feeling that tug again but have a zillion questions. Thank Goodness I found you.

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  11. I found your blog through Mother Huddle. I've often though of fostering but right now I'm dealing with a lot of issues with my daughter, who's 13. It would break my heart to become attached to a child and then have to return it. God Bless you and other people like you.

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