It was really, really hard in the beginning and at various times since. We couldn't have made it without some really amazing people in our lives to help us, advise us, calm us and root for us.
So thank you...
To all our church people that put their names on a literal sign up list for daily shifts to come over and help me in the evenings for the first few weeks of craziness when Trent was at work and I was at home freaking out by myself with kids. Even those of you who may have come over and thought I appeared to have things under control, or those of you I didn't really know that well at the time or even still, I needed you there. I needed you and you stepped up.
To Sonya, Jason, Stephanie, Kathryn, Katy and Carlie for babysitting and Maddie, Marley and Bethany for
To Mama Judy and Mister Bob for...oh that list would never end.
To Randy for his name tag and Pastor James for all the sloppy sugars.
To my mom for being Dr. OmieJean, providing helpful advice for sick kids, the more-valuable-than-she-knows comment "You're doing everything right", and a standing offer to hop in the car and bail us out of throw up or fever because sometimes "this is a job for grandma."
To John and Ashley for being foster friends, a sounding board for frustrations about CPS, bittersweet milestones and crazy stories.
To Uncle Joey for being a precious presence in our kids' lives. Also a jungle gym.
To Kristin for being an ever present and willing participant in my heartache, worries, joys, milestones, updates, complaints and coffee runs.
To my office for being flexible with me during this very, very important time for our family.
To our kids' caseworker and our social worker for what they do for us and for the foster system.
To the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who have embraced these little ones as part of the family, helped change diapers, read books, babysat, allowed me and Trent some breaks, and covered our children with love.
Oh what a year it has been. Am I right? Here's to many, many more because these kids are stickin' around!