If you follow me on Facebook, you may be aware that the hubby and I are moving into the next phase of our lives…we were recently approved to be foster parents!
As we wait on our new arrival(s)…yes, there might be multiples…we decided to host a small family gathering to explain the process to our circle, specifically the technical and legal things that are involved when you become a foster family.
When we started this journey of expanding our family, we originally planned this theme for a gender reveal party. It would be a special thing for us to have a child. After all of the issues that we’ve been through, especially the need for me to have a major surgery a year ago, a baby would be an incredible blessing.
But alas, it has not come to fruition. It’s all good…we believe in the promise of God’s timing. We actually joke that:
- The world is not yet ready for the awesome that would be both of us bottled up into a mini version of ourselves, and that
- God knows if we had one of our own first, we’d be overwhelmed and we wouldn’t have gone through with the committment we made to foster-to-adopt.
I’m sure that parents of infants and toddlers know I’m telling the truth!
The hubby and I decided before we were married that we were going to adopt. We decided to go with a private adoption agency, but that didn’t pan out. I turned to the State of TN just to ask a question, and 4 months later, here we are!
We’re so excited! And even though we have to pick another theme for our next baby shower, the magnitude of love we have to share seemed appropriate in telling the world that this kid is some “bunny” very special to us. There are lots of commands in the Bible for how we are to care for each other and the one that influenced this path is James 1:27…
Because we know the magnitude of the importance of family, we made sure that they were included in this process.
Being a foster parent can be an ordeal…lots of back and forth, heartache, anxiety and doubt. But we understand that this process serves a higher purpose. Whether we adopt our first placement (or our 6th) we know that the end result is to glorify God by taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves; we are the hands and feet of Christ by making stronger families here in this world.
Hubby is involved in everything and I really love that about him 🙂 He made this banana caramel cake for the dessert table and there wasn’t a piece left! I thought it was cool how he made it look like a tree stump 🙂
Because we have no idea how many, what gender or age of the littles coming into our lives, we set up a gift table for the baby essentials. We also acknowledged the reality that we may not be the forever home for the kids, so we had the guests to write a Love Note keepsake for the child(ren) so that they will know that they were loved by a big-hearted family.
After food and games, we thanked our guests and presented them with simple tokens of appreciation. We gave each family mini wall hangings of the words “Faith” or “Family” to keep in their homes.
As we wait patiently for our first placement, we are so thankful for the opportunity to love a child who is desperately in need and deserving of it. We look forward to the sleepless nights, the drooling, the constant need for attention, the midnight feedings.
At least while it’s not a reality and we can actually go to sleep at night. I’ll have to remember what I just said about this…
We wait for the blessings that God has for our unique and purposed family. We wait to put the blessings we have received back to the world <3
Concept, Styling, Mushroom Cookies, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bunnies, Cake and Cupcakes: Creating Awesomenessity
Printable Design (Food and name tents, Invitations, Banner, Backdrop Logo): Worldwide Party
Dessert Table Backdrop: Michelle’s Party Plan-It
Fondant Bunny cake topper: 4Kids Cakes
Paper straws, twine, 36″ balloon, honeycomb balls, plastic milk containers: Celebration Lane
Chocolate covered pretzels/apples/Oreos, mushroom pops, mini donuts: Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins
Fabric banner: LillyPaul Designs
Burlap gift bags: Kate Aspen Gifts