Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Slice of Life Tuesday...Becoming a Mom Again

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This summer, I joked with some friends, "I think I'm ready to be a mom again."  My husband and I have raised 3 good kids, we've survived the bumps in the road, and I'm a lot smarter now.  I kind of feel like I know what I'm doing.  In my imagination, I'd bring home a new baby and would know all the right things to do.  No more guessing, no more fretting and hoping for the best.  I wouldn't make the same mistakes again.

Three weeks ago, the call came.  Could we take in two little girls?  We hesitated for maybe 10 minutes before saying yes.

And now, my wish has come true.  I am a mom to young ones again; a first grader and fifth grader.

And guess what?  I'm still not sure about what I'm doing.  This is a different kind of parenting.  Fostering children is not like raising my own children.  I find myself still fretting and hoping for the best.

And so we go at it again.  We will make decisions the best we can.  We will still worry.  We will laugh and we will hold them and love them while they are with us.

I am a mom to young children again.

The sandwich assembly line that comes with making lunch for 7 people.

14 comments:

  1. I can and can't imagine such a journey. As a parent of three (almost grown) kids, I share that belief that I know a lot more. But I know that each child needs different. So much of life is in the guidance of young. Excited for and in awe of you.

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  2. Julie, this is amazing. Congratulations! There may be bumps along the road, but you're sure to benefit from this journey... and those two little girls are surely lucky to have found you and your husband! Wishing you lots of luck and love!

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  3. I am sure that you will get every little bit that you give... what a beautiful thing to do for other humans. Hope it's a good week!

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  4. I am sure that you will get every little bit that you give... what a beautiful thing to do for other humans. Hope it's a good week!

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  5. Wow - a big decision! What a wonderful choice you have made. Enjoy and know that you really do know what to do. You got this one! Wishing lots of fun and good times with these new little ones.

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  6. Wow - a big decision! What a wonderful choice you have made. Enjoy and know that you really do know what to do. You got this one! Wishing lots of fun and good times with these new little ones.

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  7. Wishing you strength, luck, and much humor!

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  8. Best wishes in this happy time, Julie. I imagine you will draw on your experience, but figure out some new ideas, too, just as we all do as teachers. All of you are lucky people to end up a family!

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  9. That assembly line is such a powerful symbol of your open hearted love. Those are two lucky children - all the best, my friend.

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  10. That assembly line is such a powerful symbol of your open hearted love. Those are two lucky children - all the best, my friend.

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  11. Looks like a differentiated lunch assembly line. Just like you'll be learning new skills for these new ones in your home. Blessings and prayers for you in this new endeavor.

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  12. What a gift you are giving to those two girls! Praying life's richest blessings on your family! Let me know if I can do anything to help.

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  13. Wow, Julie! Amazing story of hope. What a gift you are to those two little girls .... just as they are gifts to you.

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  14. Wow, Julie! Amazing story of hope. What a gift you are to those two little girls .... just as they are gifts to you.

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