One day one of my foster kids was shouting my name over and over while I was trying to pack eight people for a camping trip.
Obviously I was getting frustrated hearing him call me over and over.
It was the typical, “Mom. Mom. Moooommmmm. Mom mom. Mom.”
I finally said, “Yes, what do you need?”
“Should I tell the boys that we need to shave our beards before we go camping?” he asked.
I busted out laughing.
The Joy of Being a Foster Parent
Yes, being a foster parent is serious business. How could it not be? You’re helping a child during a traumatic part of the child’s life.
But I’ll let you in on a secret: Foster care is loads of fun too.
You get to watch kids grow up and experience life with all their commentary along the way.
You get to help kids in foster care experience brand new things all the time. And while that can be scary for some children, it often brings hilarious reactions. From going to a zoo for the first time. Or getting to drink orange juice because their dad would never buy it for them, kids have no filter.
You get to do things like arts and crafts, building things, coloring, playing outside. Things that are just simply FUN to do with kids. Seeing their creativity and unique abilities brings us joy and laughter.
The Privilege of Fostering
Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
As a foster parent, you have the privilege to raise some of God’s most precious creation. They truly are the joy of the Lord. You can find strength in laughing with children.
Children are such an example of the roller coaster of life and the hope that Christ brings. In the middle of stress and chaos and tantrums comes a sweet kiss on the cheek or a small hand that wants to hold mine. Or a joke when you’re stressed out packing for a camping trip.
Do You Want in on the Fun?
Please call 864-938-2100 or complete the form below to ask how we can help you on your foster care journey.