Help Foster Parents During COVID-19

At Seven Homes during this uncertain time there is one thing we can say with complete unwavering certainty. We LOVE our foster families and want to do everything we can to support them during COVID-19 and give the community a hands on way to support the foster families in this time of crisis. 

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More than Netflix?!?

Wait?!?! There are things you can do besides Netflix binge that are fun at home when you have more kids than you know what to do with?!?!?

Thanks Heather for your amazing reflection and to the Still crew THANKS for these ideas....

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Wonder Woman aka MOM

Heather Still, one of our TBRI practitioner/ MAPP trainers here at Seven Homes decided to add a little bounce in our step as she shares about their adventures at home. This is the woman who makes her own quilts, has a slide from one story to another in their home and is kind of the coolest mom I know... Her response to COVID-19 vs my struggle has me feeling like this photo... But I adore her none the less and wanted to share her reflections with all of you!

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Putting FORE Foster Care

Seven Homes is excited to host our third annual golf tournament this September. We are especially excited because we have the unique privilege to welcome Scottie Pearman to join us for what should be our best tournament yet!

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Knowing The Story, Understanding The Journey

I see this beaming smile and for a brief moment I am back in that scary season of life. A time when I desperately searched for reasons to find joy. Like the silly hat and the jovial smile of my son looking back at me. That season of life when this photo was captured included frequent hospital stays and the fresh loss of sweet children we had fostered for nearly two years. In that season we heard various scary potential prognoses, some of which spoke of our son’s funeral before the age of ten. Four months ago we were a healthy, happy, family of five. Suddenly after a difficult court date and two prolonged hospital stays we were now a married couple with one potentially terminally ill child.  

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Pray for a Child to Say "I'm Home"

“Mommy, we need to do morning prayers for my boy, Ethan before school. We need to pray for him to find a mommy and a daddy.” I love hearing my four year old ask us to pray for “his” child. The goal of Project 77 is to make a personal connection between one waiting child and a family.

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It was such a good day and then…

Lunches made, Check!  Snack packed, Check!  Husband left for work, Check!  Got child to school early, Check!  What a morning!  Everything was going great, morning routine done, morning meeting at work went very well and accomplished so much.

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“Not everyone can foster, but everyone can help.”

This is such a powerful statement because it is 100% true. Today a woman called me and said that she had seen our information about Project 77 and wanted to sponsor an orphan. As she told me part of her story I felt so much compassion for her, she had such a big heart. She wanted to help but is not in a place to foster herself, so she set out to find a way.

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My daughter doesn’t love me...YET

Last week I said the words aloud, “my daughter does better with everyone else but me. My daughter doesn’t love me yet.” Instead of peace and a sense of healing, I felt more wounded. Her typical behaviors this week felt like they salted a now-exposed wound. Any little roll of her eyes, any toy heaved my direction, every huff when given a direction exposed my irritation towards her even further. They say that identifying the fear and the emotion is the first step. But what is the second? As I prayed over our home, toiled over the frustration, spoke with my husband and observed our family this week, I found it difficult to determine a next step on this foster journey. How do I move into finding reconciliation and peace in our home with my newfound realization?

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Everyone But Me

Our family recently returned from our annual west coast trip to see family for the holidays. Now this was not just a feat because we survived a lengthy trip with layovers, luggage and traveling with four small children. It was a feat because I was able to figure out what has been bothering me the last few months on our current journey fostering.

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