Welcome to our journey through foster parenting and adopting. I am so glad you have visited my blog.

My prayer is that through my experiences on this journey, I can be of help to someone else. I want Jesus Christ to be glorified through this blog because it is only through him that I am able to make this journey.

Here we go, let's start this journey together.

With All My Heart
Paula

Thursday, December 23, 2010

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

From our family to yours,  MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A GLIMPSE AT WHAT LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN

First of all hello, so glad you have hung in there with me since I have been so bad about posting lately.  It has been very quite around my house well not quite but boring I guess you should say.

We are all doing well and still have no other foster placements at this time.  Our home is open but we are being VERY specific about the next child we take.

Yesterday Seth, Landon, Jacob and I went to Jacob's biological Moms house for her to give him some Christmas presents.  As i was standing in that tiny little house I could not help but think about what life would have been like for Jacob.  Now, before I go on with telling you this please don't think for one minute that I am trying to be better than them it is just so different and things would have been really bad for Jacob.  They meaning grandmother, granddaddy, biological mom, aunt and cousin all live in a one bedroom house.  They have 2 beds in the bedroom and some of them sleep in the living room.  When we went in the cousin was sitting at a little table in the kitchen eating a burnt corn dog and mushed up tater tots.  No transportation at all.  It was very hot in the little house and to top in all off it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon and they were all asleep.  I am not sure if the sleeping a lot is from drugs or depression or maybe both. 

They had several nice presents for Jacob but as I stood there I felt really bad to take them because I know they do not have the money to spend on gifts. 

We took BM some clothes for Christmas and I took them supper.   They are very appreciative of what you do for them and always tell me they love me.   They are all very sweet people that are just living in what seems to be a hopeless situation.

As I stood there I could not help but just thank God for taking Jacob out of this situation.  I thank him for giving Jacob an opportunity for a different life.  I also thank God for giving me the awesome responsibility of loving him, providing for him, and being able to minister to his biological family.  I pray that through my family that Gods light shines so bright on this family that they will want part of it. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

PRAYING FOR SHERRY BETH

On Monday of this week I really do not know why I did this but I did and now I can't shake it.  Well I guess I did it because God lead me there but boy what a burden I am carrying now.  I was on my computer and for some reason I went to the Alabama Heart Gallery and started looking at pictures.  The funny thing is I was not looking for baby girls I was looking at teenage girls.  I know go ahead and laugh, you know it was a God thing if you are reading this and have teenagers in your home and if you have been following my story and know that I said girl 2 and younger only.

Seth came into the room while I had her picture up and said "what are you doing"  I told him I was about to make a call to inquire about Sherry Beth and he looked at me with this puzzled look on his face and said "are you serious, have you told Daddy?"  Not yet honey, not yet.  Anyway I called our Social Worker and she had about the same reaction that Seth did but told me she would try and check on her situation.

I received a message from our Social Worker yesterday concerning Sherry Beth and I have to tell you it absolutely broke my heart.  I cannot share the details with you but based on the information I received she will not and cannot be a child for our family.

Like I told you in the beginning of this post I was not sure why I went to the Heart Gallery but now I know.  God was trying to get my attention and show me that I may not be able to take this child into my home but I can pray for her.  I can pray that God heal because after all he is the great physician, I can pray for her a forever family, and can pray for her new family whomever they may be, I can pray that God takes this beautiful girl and uses her circumstances for something great, the list can go on and on.  I am committing to pray for her and my challenge to you is to go to the heart galleries of your state or mine and find one child, you do not even have to inquire about them (believe me I wish I hadn't) just find one child and begin to pray for them and pray for them every day until they leave the site or move to the success stories.  My friend Kelly shared with me that this is what she does and I think that it is great and I want to challenge everyone to begin doing this.  Everyone may not be called to bring children into their homes but we are all called to pray.

Please join with me in prayer for these children.


Beth
This is Sherry Beth.