Sunday, September 8, 2013

Y'all, Our Foster Parent Training Begins This Week!

Amidst the chaos of rearranging rooms, leaving a church, visiting a new church, beginning seminary and working overtime towards a big tax deadline, I have neglected to update y'all on the fact that our foster parent training begins this Thursday, the 12th!

Can I get an "amen"?  And a "finally"?

We are excited and so, so ready.  Pretty much exactly a year ago we were beginning our orientation sessions with the Bair Foundation, the agency we began with but that closed its Waco office soon after.  Who knew it would take so long just to get our foot in the flippin door and get started for real?  I know it's all in God's plan for us and in a way I am very grateful for this year of false starts, delays and frustrations. It has really allowed us time to let this sink in and our hearts have been mashed around to form an indescribably special place for these kids that we haven't even laid eyes on yet.  I didn't know it was possible to love someone I haven't met yet, even while knowing they may not be with us for long.

A few months ago, I wrote honestly about the fear that had crept into my heart.  It's still there to a degree and always will be. This won't be a walk in the park.  But y'all, my outlook is different now.  The waiting and wondering and processing has been good for us but goodness gracious, I'm ready to get this show on the road.

We'll have our training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 (with two classes in the middle from 5:00 to 9:00) until October 10th.  We'll complete all our remaining paperwork during that month span. Our homestudy will begin while we are in training and be completed after we are done with the training.  Then things are turned over to DFPS for final processing of our file.  The paperwork we received said all this can take up to four months from the time we begin training.

Ready, set, go!

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