We are now the parents of only one, as of Sunday. Sunday morning we went to church just like every Sunday before. The kids played in nursery and enjoyed their last Sunday worshipping with our church family who has grown to love them so much. It was hard for me to watch our friends tell them goodbye. We had our last pizza lunch before heading home to gather the last of the kids things. All together, it required THREE carloads full to bring all their stuff to their new house! Praise God they left with so much!
We got to spend about an hour and a half at their new house before saying goodbye. We saw their new rooms and got them all situated. We were also able to talk with the social worker about what would be the best for us to do as far as seeing the kids again. She actually suggested we try to see them in the next 2 weeks, so they don’t think we disappeared from their lives.
Their new parents are great people who are very ok with us having contact and a small role in their lives. We are thankful to them for that. It was exciting to go through with them everything they needed to know about the kids, realizing just how far the kids had come in three and a half short months. We sent with them their very own copy of the children’s Bible we read from every night at our house and a photo album including all the pictures of their time with us. I hope they will treasure those memories which included two major holidays together!
The transition was smooth. We said our goodbyes and I was doing very well until saying goodbye to Baby Girl. That was probably the hardest one for me. Her new mother cried tears with me as my sadness became her joy. I am so excited for her as, after so many years, she is finally a mother. Michael and I each cried our tears on the way home but were really fine, considering.
The court date we had been anticipating was on Tuesday and I was able to talk to the foster parents afterwards. They said all had gone well and the state is officially petitioning for termination of rights. So, Lord willing, the kids are on the road to being adopted by this family!
The kids are doing well and everyone is getting adjusted. We look forward to seeing them again soon. We, meanwhile, are really enjoying our time as a family of 3. Michael is off work this week for Spring Break which couldn’t have come at a better time. We spent the last 3 days just enjoying being together and are now visiting my family and attending a wedding this weekend. A weight has been lifted from me, literally. I feel peace beyond belief. While it has been hard and sad (it took me a couple days to go into the boys’ room), I continue to trust in God’s plan. It is going to be a bit of a transition to feel like being the three of us is “normal” again. We had come to accept the chaos as “normal!”
In a few weeks we are doing respite care for a 12 month old baby while his foster parents are out of town for a few days. We are looking forward to that and are thankful we can still serve children in this way, even while we wait for what God has next for us.
Thanks to everyone for your continued love and support.