10 best memories of 2017

2017 was a good year. Here are some of my favorite memories.

  1. Going to the water park for New Years. Diva and Bubba loved it!
  2. Going to six flags for forth of July! It was a lot of fun and Princess and her family also happened to go so we could all spend time together.’
  3. Going on a road trip with Bubba and princess. Though I was nervous to go on a 10 day road trip as the only adult it sure was a blast and the kids will never forget it.
  4. Going to 2 drive in movie theaters this year (one while on our trip). The kids loved both! We need to do it more often.
  5. A joint birthday party for Bubba and Princess at the gymnastics place. Both kids enjoyed it a lot and they loved sharing their birthday party.
  6. Stating my 5th year of teaching. I absolutely love my students and I can’t believe I have been there that long.
  7. Getting the honor to take care of baby Z for a while and send him lots of love
  8. Having Baby Z get reunified and then having him and his parents continue to keep us as part of their lives. This is why I foster!
  9. Going to Hawaii!! It’s been a fun trip so far and we still have a couple days.
  10. Every moment I get to spend with Princess and Bubba

10 things that made me smile this week

I have had a very stressful but overall good week. The week before conferences is always a little crazy. But there was a lot of laughter and smiles this week.

  1. I got a lovely note from Baby Zs parents thanking me for sending pictures and taking care of him. This is why I foster.
  2. Bubba is going to get more visit time with his parent and siblings!!!
  3. Bubba has started saying how much he misses Baby Z during the day and it’s so sweet.
  4. When I ask him if he missed me he says no. Hey at least he is honest.
  5. One of my 7th grade students walked in and introduced himself to the student working at the table. They have math group together once a week and have been to school together since preschool. Oh and they are also identical twins. I could not stop laughing at this one.
  6. My 8th grade student did amazing on a major project that he did 95% of on his own. (Seriously this is amazing)
  7. I had students asking to work with. (That never happens)
  8. I learned that there is a car bottle warmer (seriously best thing I have ever bought on amazon)
  9. I found a hot wheels advent calendar for Bubba.
  10. My sister comes home in 5 days!!!!

10 things that went right this week 

Last weeks post was a little bit of a downer. I felt like I was doing every wrong. This week I’m trying to focus on the positive. I love my kids and all in all our life is pretty awesome 

  1. Baby Z learned to crawl. So what if I found out when I set him down in the Wic bathroom as I tried to help Bubba pull up his pants. He finally is officially crawling. 
  2. Baby Z’s first official time crawling was for his parents. Not only did this make their day but it made mine. 
  3. Bubba learned to spell his name. I tried all July to get him to verbally say his name and then out of the blue he started doing it this week. Kids learn things at their own schedule. 
  4. My kids slept in during daylight savings (kinda). Z woke up 30 minutes early (or late). However you want to think about it. But I kept bubba up an hour late so he woke up at his normal time. 
  5. We spent time with Diva this weekend and Hawk called us. I love still being in contact with former foster children.  
  6. I organized the boys clothes. Z is already up a size of clothing so we had to get organized and bring up the next size of clothes from the basement. They both have some adorable Christmas clothes. 
  7. I don’t have bronchitis and/is a sinus infections. Though this is good news it didn’t make the pain go away. 
  8. That my amazing mother helped me out while I felt like death rolled over. She rocks. Seriously. I wouldn’t be able to foster without her. 
  9. I showered almost every day (well night). I will be honest I shower at night because I’m not a morning person. Even though I felt like shit this week I still showered regularly. 
  10. I have amazing kids. Honestly I am so lucky to have them in my life even if it is for a short time. They are so precious even when they make me want to pull my hair out. 

10 Reasons Why I Chose to Become a Foster Parent 

  1. I feel called to be a foster parent I wanted to become a foster parent since I was a little girl. I am not sure exactly when it started. Many members of my family have fostered and adopted throughout the years.
  2. I have a support system willing to help me. Though this is not a requirement of fostering, as a single women it is definitely something I knew I needed in order to foster. My parents and friends were not completely onboard in the beginning because I am young and single, but they supported me anyway. 
  3. I want to be a safe loving home for kids even if for a short period of time. Every child  deserves to have love and support and they can never get too much. 
  4. I wanted to help families reunify. My number one goal is to help support families. I want to be a resource to the parents and help them any way I cabs 
  5. Blood doesn’t make a family. When I was 18 I dated a man with a daughter. I fell in love with her instantly. I knew for sure that I could love another women’s child as if they were my own. I also learned a lot about how to keep a child connected with their bio family even when you don’t agree with their families choices.
  6. If families can’t be reunited I want to be a forever home. I would continue to foster a relationship with their bio family in what ever way I can. 
  7. I love kids. I didnt feel like I needed to get married to start raising kids.
  8. I have the resources. As a single women, who owns her own house, I felt that had the means and time to foster. 
  9. I felt like as a Special Education Teacher I had unique skills I could bring to fostering. I have training on learning disabilities and other disorders that allow me to be an educated advocate for children. It has definitely helped me before. (Every foster parent has their own unique skills they bring to the table) 
  10. Why not? You just have to leap into fostering. I might eventually decide fostering isn’t for me anymore, but hopefully I would have made difference in one kids life before then.