It is 1:15AM... why am I still not in bed? I suppose it was the coffee I had during Sarah's dress rehearsal #1 for her ballet recital! I live a life of multi-tasking... every mom does... it is necessity.
Just take, for example, this evening. I was at Sarah's ballet rehearsal. I was enjoying a cup of coffee, visiting with a friend, watching the rehearsal, and filling out paperwork for being a foster parent when the lights would "un-dim."
Sometimes multi-tasking can be bad.
I spilled coffee on the papers while I was helping Will do something, and then I started crying because I was simultaneously reading about the process of parental rights being terminated (and thinking about all of the children who are in foster care... and why) and watching my nine year old beautiful daughter smiling and gracefully twirling on the stage with her class. My heart was breaking and full of inexpressible joy and thankfulness at the same time...
We got home (late), and I got kids in bed and went upstairs to make out my Latin test for in the morning.... You know, the one that I still have not started on! Instead, I began watching the John Adams movie, continuing to fill out foster parent information, and posting on my blog! (It takes a long time to upload pictures, so I try to have something else going on, and I have a very difficult time just watching a movie...)
Now, it is 1:26AM, and I STILL have not gotten my Latin test done. I suppose since I just dropped the bomb about being foster parents, I can put the Latin off for a few more minutes and explain!
We have several friends with adopted children, and we have always said we would consider adoption. It has never seemed to be the right time or financially feasible. However, after watching the movie Hotel for Dogs, (I know, I know... some people are moved by stimulating treatises and works of historical significance... and then there's the rest of us!) I began to think about being a foster parent.
I have never really considered it, because you always hear horror stories about families who get attached to foster children and then have to watch the kids go back to horrible circumstances. After watching that movie, the selfishness of my way of thinking began to dawn on me. If these children are going to need a temporary home, it seems of the utmost importance that it be a home where they can be loved and shown Christ. We should not out of fear or inconvenience abandon them to "parents" who are trying to make some extra money or who knows what.
As I thought about it, I mentioned the idea to Scott. A few days later, he told me to get some more information. I filled out a form, which led to more forms... apparently, you have to fill out lots and lots of forms before you get to sit down with someone and get information!
That's where we are now... getting information. We have not said that we are definitely going or not going to be foster parents, but it is something we are seriously considering.
Well, it is now 2:04, and I really need to get to this Latin test!