Life often takes unexpected turns. If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you know that we accepted a fostercare placement of a brother and sister in January. When they were placed, we were told that neither had any special needs. That’s often how things happen. You just don’t know in the beginning. Since these two came to us, though, they’ve both been classified as medical foster children.
The baby … we’ll call her Tinkerbell … has the most needs. I wish I could share her diagnosis and prognosis with you, but I’m just not allowed. I can tell you that she could really use your prayers, and we could use them as we care for her, too.
Big brother, “Cubby”, is a rough-and-tumble little guy who loves rough-housing with our boys, dancing to whatever music he hears and eating! He’s got an adorable smile and a giggle that makes you laugh right along.
Tink loves to be held and cuddled. She makes sure that we know what she wants when she wants it, and she has our teenagers wrapped around her little finger.
We’re experienced foster parents, and we felt that we could foster along with our other responsibilities. This is not quite what we expected, though. I’m busy running to multiple appointments each week – often with an hour and a half drive to our closest big city, transporting little ones to visits, fielding phone calls, setting up therapies, all while still keeping our house clean and orderly because we have weekly and monthly visits from various workers, and I have to be sure not to neglect our children’s homeschooling lessons. It’s a big responsibility, but one that we feel like we were called to do and one that we’ve committed ourselves to doing. While it’s definitely not easy, it’s also something that we love doing because we know that we’re making a difference in the lives of these little ones and their parents, and loving people is really what’s important in life.I’m having some trouble, though, managing everything, so I’m going to take some time off of work. My plan is to focus on getting all the services that these little ones need set up and then find a schedule that will work well for all of us. I’ll be closing up my shops next Monday, March 23rd and planning to reopen Friday, April 24th. I’ll still be fulfilling wholesale and distributor orders, and you’ll still be able to purchase my patterns through my retailers. My assistant, Leigh, will also be available while I’m off to answer your questions and take care of any needs that might arise during my leave of absence.I have a few blog posts planned, so you’ll see me around here a bit, and I’ll continue to be active on Instagram if you want to keep up with me! Thank you so much for your understanding, your prayers and your encouragement!