There's a time and a place for everything. And my time as a foster mom is officially over, God willing.
I believe our time was for a specific purpose and a special family and The Lord seen them through! Praise His Name! The little boys are officially reunited with their family. I could not be more happy for them.
Foster care is about reuniting families that have been healed, or given the tools and resources to rebuild and restructure their homes. I pray these improvements last a life time.
We'll still babysit - probably quite a bit, and we'll be the family support as always. We won't have time to miss the kiddos much. They live just down the road.
So yes, I'm done - God willing. We're open to His plan and purpose for our family---------------------- but I'm feeling convicted that for right now it means stepping back, reorganizing, and restructuring our own home on a little bit less hectic schedule.
We are entering a new phase in the life of our older girls. I can see that we have but a few short years left with them all at home together.
The twins are in need of more of me. I expect to homeschool James by next year full time. Their therapy is pretty intensive. I need to give it my best shot!
Personally, I need more time with God. I'm looking for more than 4 - 5 hours of sleep at night. I'm anxious to see what kind of garden I have still ( thanks to Brianna for keeping it going). It seems all my favorite hobbies are dead and gone away... I don't play the piano anymore. My houseplants have pretty much all died. I haven't had time to make Missy a dress on ages.
In the grand scheme of things, these little things are not so important as the life of a child, but they do make a house a home and I do have 5 kids and a husband to keep a home for ******** a home built on the pattern in heaven full of love and joy-- serene and peaceful - centered on Christ is our goal.
There's a time to share the family and to help shoulder the burden's of others ... And there's a time to regroup.... I think this is our time.
A Time for Everything
|1||To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:|
|2||a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;|
|3||a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;|
|4||a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;|
|5||a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;|
|6||a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;|
|7||a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;|
|8||a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.|
|9||What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?|