Many moons ago when Bobby and I decided foster care was our calling and signed up for this crazy life, we inadvertently signed up all of our family, friends, and co-workers.
The phrase “it takes a village” is a massive understatement in our life.
Just a few of our villagers…
The first night we had the girls, my cousin came up and gave Sweet a pair of boots. She wore them everyday to school for the next three weeks. But more than that, she connected to Kim.
Another cousin (I have lots) and his wife passed on toys from their little girl (can we say ELSA!) and bought them Christmas gifts.
Bobby’s aunt passed on her now almost-grown daughter’s treasure princess swag. Salty now feels that she is the princess. And Sweet found a great friend in Bobby’s younger cousin.
Our parents have spoiled them every chance they get.
My boss and my boss’ boss and my boss’ boss’ boss have all let me have time off when needed. They understand. And they support us. Bobby’s workplace too. It’s really a gift.
Bobby’s co-worker and her mother’s church group from South Alabama bought Christmas gifts for the girls.
Our best friends treat the girls like we treat their kids – like family.
A co-worker who follows my Instagram page randomly asked how the girls are doing and calls them by name – Sweet and Salty.
My point is this – all of these people are strangers. Or they once were. On December 4th, none of them (or us) knew these two precious girls. But in no time at all, they were invested in their lives. By bringing these girls into our lives, they got new friends, a KK and a Tom-Tom, an Aunt Lash, a Kim, and many more.
And through these girls, we have also gotten to know two great sets of foster parents and become invested in the lives of their three siblings. I have two wonderful friends that I connect with in a bond that is unique to foster moms.
Our village is huge. And a blessing. And so very loved and appreciated.
And by reading this, you are a part of our village. Sharing in our life – investing in the lives of the children and families we serve. Not because we deserve our village but because they do.