The first person that I told this to asked me, "WHY?" (Just exactly like that). Why is it so difficult to answer that question why and why is it that it is so easy to get defensive about it? However, I know that is usually the first question people ask when a family of 7 wants to add more to their plate. So I'll do my best to answer here:
-Well for one there is a great need for foster families, but an even greater need for good foster families.
-We've been blessed with a great home, a great family, we have an extra bedroom, and lots and lots of love to go around.
-We needed an excuse to get a bigger vehicle.
-We love kids!
-We have all fallen in love with my newest little foster nephew and we want one too.
-It is pure religion that God our Father finds faultless. (James 1:27) What better reason than that?
Are your kids in agreement?
-Well it was their idea actually. :)
Aren't you afraid your heart will get broken?
-Well, a little, yes. But it's not about me.
Aren't you afraid that having foster children will take time away from your own kids?
-Not at all, I think it will be good for all of us and make us stronger as a family, just as adopting Ava has made us a stronger family. Like I said, it was their idea!
I'm happy to answer any other questions out there. If you're wondering if foster care might be for your family, I found a list of questions that you can ask yourself here.
Meanwhile does anyone know of any good deals on a big van????