As we prepare for the kids’ move on Sunday, I am left reflecting back over the last three and a half months. This morning, I dropped them off at the preschool for the last time. When they first came, I was prepared to be a stay at home mom to them. I had no idea they would be required to attend day care every day. I was very upset by this…how could anyone care for them the way I wanted them cared for? I spent a few weeks making numerous phone calls and visiting day care centers. I was beyond frustrated by the lack of quality centers that were available to these children because of their state funding, and because there were three of them.
One night at work I voiced my frustration to a coworker who is the wife to a children’s minister. She told me to look into the school at her church. A few days later I talked to the director of the school and paid them a visit. As soon as I walked in, I knew that’s where I wanted the children. The director was so welcoming and understanding of our situation. They had had foster children there before and were very familiar with the less than normal things that might arise with them. It was the only school we went to where my children didn’t scream uncontrollably from the time we walked in the door.
Over the next few months the director and teachers at the preschool have grown to love our kids. I have no qualms about leaving the children there every day, knowing they are being cared for with love and respect. I, also, have been shown love and respect by the teachers at the preschool. They are so understanding of the special circumstances and challenges I face and have done their very best to support us. The kids are greeted each morning with hugs and love. I have sat in the office of the preschool’s director and cried tears with her as I explained the kids were leaving us.
The teachers have told me about how all of them love our kids; they are the best kids! They just can’t get enough of these kiddos. They were so upset when they thought these kids would be leaving. But, thanks to the new family, they plan to leave the kids at the same school, at least for a while to make things consistent for the children.
I will miss seeing these friendly faces each morning and afternoon. I have grown to love the women who are caring for my children. I only wish they had a 1/2 day program so I could send Michael Paul there next year! Since I know you are reading this, ladies, I want you to know how thankful I am for you for being a caregiver to the children and a friend to me. If we ever embark on this journey again, you better believe I’d be bringing my foster children to you all! I appreciate you so much more than you could ever know and will miss seeing you every day! Thank you thank you thank you for who you have been to my kids and to me.