Highlights from Beginning of Foster Parenting Journey to mid 2012

So much has happened since the year 2012 and there are so many more stories I have shared through Facebook, my new blogging circuit.

That said, I have had quite a few people ask us about our story as a family.  Here are a few recommended blog entries you might enjoy reading.  There is more to the story than these blog entries, but these give a great framework.

Eventually, I plan to delete the blog (and save my entries for my own personal memory), but for the time being it is here for you to read.   🙂

First Blog Entryhttps://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/first-blog-entry-great-news-monday-september-21-2009/

History, Part 1:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/small-excerpt-of-our-story-tuesday-september-29-2009/

History, Part 2:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/excerpts-of-our-story-part-2-friday-october-9-2009/

Our 1st Foster Children.  Baby was moved after living with us for one month.  There was a relative placement DHS felt benefited her bond with family better, but Big Brother stayed with us for 6 months.:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/please-pray-thursday-october-15-2009/

Why Did We Become Foster Parents?https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/why-did-we-choose-to-become-foster-parents-tuesday-november-3-2009/

TD (Teenage Foster Daughter), moment forever changed our lives.  Now moved into her own place and very much part of our lives.  We love her to pieces:  When the Miraculous INTERRUPTS the Mundane Monday, December 21, 2009

Letter to Big Boy, our 1st foster child:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/to-big-boy-how-can-i-wednesday-january-20-2010/

Little Brother and Little Sister are coming!  Later to become our oldest adopted children:  BREAKING NEWS!!! Monday, March 15, 2010 & Update on Breaking News. Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Big Boy Leaving:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/big-boy-leaving-us-wednesday-april-7-2010/

Little Brother & Little Sister Adopted!:  It’s Official!

Xavier & Lana Baby Dedication:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/babychildren-dedication/

Pregnancy Announcement:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/an-announcement/

Would we bring more in?  5 days after writing this, Jayden was born!!!:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/would-we-bring-more-in/

Baby J comes to us.  He was officially adopted at 18 months, after I stopped blogging:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/baby-j-is-here/

Baby D Born!:  https://thepainteddresser.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/baby-d-is-born/

We now have one more precious son, Baby M, who is Baby J’s biological brother and our family is temporarily complete.  When the kids grow up, we plan to become foster parents again and continue in ministry to children in need.

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3 Responses to Highlights from Beginning of Foster Parenting Journey to mid 2012

  1. mews58@wowway.com says:

    What a beautiful family you have!!!! Thank you so much for sending me this wonderful story. Truly God has blessed you, your husband and your children. I think about you often. Now when I think of you, I can picture all the little ones and their smiling faces. Thank you again. And have a wonderful Valentine’s day.

  2. Sara Gardner says:

    I am going to start with thank you so very much! This is little brother and little sisters Aunt! I have been grateful for this Page. Yet so anI am going to start with thank you so very much! This is Xavier and Lana’s Aunt! I have been grateful for this Page. Yet so angry for so many years that the state took my niece and nephew for me. I tried very hard to keep them in there family n feel I didn’t get a fair shot because were not a family of much money. As I look back I’ve realized that this was the best thing for them. They have had a wonderful life because of you. You n your family have gave them a healthy happy family. It would have been hard for me since I don’t have a lot to give besides love. I had two of my own children at the time and was only 25. I’m a strong woman an hard worker but it would have been extremely hard to raise two more children at that time. Plus now I have had another child and two step children. But do wish that I could have watched them grow in front of me,but am glad to have had this at least. Miss them incredibly. They are always on my mind and in my heart. My sister has had a very hard life we all have and those children would have had a hard time too.They are amazingly lucky to have been picked by a great couple. Many children get lost in the system. I see this in my would all to often.You are extremely brave and selfless for taking on these children. Most only want a baby.So grateful to you for keeping them together. Are family is very lucky that you choose them because at least we have had the chance to still be able to watch them.Most people never know what happens to there children. There just gone never to know of how things turned out. I would hope that when they are grown you let them know that we exist and they have some family that still think of them and love them very much! Wish you all a great loving life. I thank you again for doing what we were unable to do. I don’t expect a reply just really need to do this. have tried many times but just didn’t know what to say or if I was out of place. Tanks again Xavier n Lana’s Aunty Saragry for so many years that the state took my niece and nephew for me. I tried very hard to keep them in there family n feel I didn’t get a fair shot because were not a family of much money. As I look back I’ve realized that this was the best thing for them. They have had a wonderful life because of you. You n your family have gave them a healthy happy family. It would have been hard for me since I don’t have a lot to give besides love. I had two of my own children at the time and was only 25. I’m a strong woman an hard worker but it would have been extremely hard to raise two more children at that time. Plus now I have had another child and two step children. But do wish that I could have watched them grow in front of me,but am glad to have had this at least. Miss them incredibly. They are always on my mind and in my heart. My sister has had a very hard life we all have and those children would have had a hard time too.They are amazingly lucky to have been picked by a great couple. Many children get lost in the system. I see this in my would all to often.You are extremely brave and selfless for taking on these children. Most only want a baby.So grateful to you for keeping them together. Are family is very lucky that you choose because at least we have had the chance to still be able to watch them.Most people never know what happens to there children. There just gone never to know of how things turned out. I would hope that when they are grown you let them know that we exist and they have some family that still think of them and love them very much! Wish you all a great loving life. I thank you again for doing what we were unable to do. I don’t expect a reply just really need to do this. have tried many times but just didn’t know what to say or if I was out of place. Thanks again from there Aunty Sara

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