One more thing about foster care. I've briefly mentioned here and there that we used to be foster parents 10-13 years ago. What I haven't mentioned is how that experience continues to bless our lives even today. This is Kim and Teri, the first foster children we were blessed with. These two girls gave me my first glimpse into motherhood. There were some days I wondered what I had gotten myself into as a young 24 year old newlywed trying to parent two little girls ages 8 and 10! :) But the joys of fostering them definitely was worth the few challenges we ran into.
Last night I took Kim and Teri out to celebrate Kim's birthday. It was so fun last night to see how these two timid and scared little girls that temporarily joined our family 12 1/2 years ago have blossomed into beautiful young mothers with daughters of their own. We hung out and talked about the challenges of motherhood, swapped kid stories, and reminisced about old times. Twelve years ago I was their foster mother, and last night we were good friends hanging out at Starbucks. :)
Kim and Teri, I love you both and I'm so thankful God brought you both into our lives. You are a blessing. And Happy Birthday Kim! P.S. I had a blast last night!