We have only had the girls for a week but I feel like we've had them for months. So much has happened in the past 7 days that it almost feels a little surreal. We have gone to the doctor, enrolled in elementary school and daycare, gotten clothes, gotten medicine, battled lice, given antibiotics, bathed, fed, cleaned, disciplined...it has been a lot! And to be completely honest, I am exhausted! But I am also completely at peace knowing that we are exactly where we are suppose to be with the Lord. I have no doubt these precious little girls were always planned to be in our home. God saw in His perfect plan this home would be the safe place for these girls for the time being. We have no idea how long they will be with us but we are taking it day by day and praying that soon they can reunified with their family.
One of my greatest fears in signing up to foster was just feeling like we would be so overwhelmed, clueless and alone. And yes, I feel overwhelmed and clueless every day. But NEVER have we felt alone in this journey. From the day we received these sweet bonus children we have gotten so many encouraging texts. We've had meals provided for us almost every single day. I've had clothes from the CALL closet as well as from random families. I've had friends make random Wal-Mart trips for me and people watch my children at the last minute. I have been so completely humbled by the amount of support and help we have received so far. It has been amazing to see the Body of Christ come together to support us.
So many people have told us that they "admire us" for what we are doing. But to be honest we are just obeying God. We are just regular (sinful!) people who heard God call us to do something so we obeyed (finally for me...I fought it for awhile. Read my story here .) So many of you have told us that you could never foster or that you've thought about it for years but just don't feel like it's possible right now. But guys, if I can do this....SO CAN YOU!!!! Believe me, I am the absolute last person in the world who ever thought I'd be a foster mom. And while I don't believe everyone can necessarily have kids in their homes, I do believe that everyone can help in some way. There is such a great need right now. It is a crisis in Arkansas. If you have ever even considered fostering....do it! Don't try to figure it all out. Don't worry about all the things that you don't understand. Just trust that God will be faithful and will be with you through the entire process. And if you don't become a foster parent, support those who are. Go buy them toilet paper, take them a meal, babysit their kids for an hour, come clean their bathroom and do their laundry....do something! You have no idea what kind of a blessing you will be to that family.
I write all of this an encouragement to those of you who are following us on this journey. I know we are only a week in...and it's been a tough week! But I feel like we are going to survive. I feel like this is totally possible. Yes, there are tougher days ahead. But I also feel like there are greater days ahead. Just last night we were at the dinner table doing some fun 'Table Talk' questions. The question was "Who is your best friend?" Presley told me her best friend was our oldest foster daughter. And our youngest foster daughter said that Drew was her best friend. Melt. my. heart. Praise Jesus that our bio kiddos are learning to love others! I was so worried how fostering would affect Reese and Presley. And it has been tough on them this week. But I could not have asked for anything better in how they are welcoming and loving their new "sisters". I can only pray that this is molding them into compassionate, loving, and generous little girls who understand that there is a really big (and sinful!) world out there and that Jesus is our only hope.