While teaching one of our families during MAPPS in recent weeks I had a new foster family ask if they would get to meet my husband. It was the first time I ever had this request and it surprised me. Would his perspective, words of wisdom or insight be different than mine? What would he say about how fostering has shaped our marriage? It caused me to reflect a great deal over the last nine years that we have been on this bumpy and challenging journey. I thought of the many children that have called us mom and dad. I thought of the arguments we have had regarding foster care, the intense moments of grief experienced together and the hard conversations we shared.Read more
“Not all those who wander are lost”. I came across a piece of art with this quote on it by Tolkien. I’m not quite sure why, but it has made a formidable impression on my heart in a very short period of time, almost at first glance. Of course, I had to buy it to hang it in my home.
It reminds me that it’s okay to wander. It’s okay, at times, to feel directionless. You’re not lost. You’re going somewhere, even if you’re going slower than you would like to be going.
Have you ever walked through deep water? You walk slower.Read more
I was sitting in our toddler’s room, trying to get her to sleep. Finally, she was quiet and still. My eyes had adjusted to the amount of light that the small nightlight gave off in the dark room. I very clearly saw our 9 year old son walk into the room from the well lit hallway. He stumbled through the darkness, trying to get to me. After running into a chair, stubbing his toe and tripping over a toy, he finally made it to me. Frustrated and in pain, he whispered, “Is that you? I can’t see a thing!”. He didn’t even recognize me in the darkness, until I spoke. I marveled at how clearly I could see him as he struggled. He and I had the same amount of light in the room, yet my eyes saw clearly, and his very darkly. How we do this journey of life...could it really be all about perspective? Yes, it is according to 1 Corinthians 13:12. Our view is like looking through a dark glass, but one day, I will know, as I am known. It was so obvious to me that day, how much I can trust God’s ways in my life.Read more
Every May, a month that is dedicated to creating awareness about Foster Care, Seven Homes pauses to reflect on what it means to foster and adopt children.Read more
I’m Angry! And sad, and scared, and skeptical....
One morning, I woke up to a celebration. I was told it was my birthday, but I knew it wasn’t. It was July. I was born in December.Read more
The call came on July 1, 2013 to my husband Dan. Ken Maxwell, the Director of Seven Homes was the one making the call.Read more
I woke up the morning after Halloween and looked around wondering when my home could have possibly been vandalized.
Several of our foster families have agreed to share their stories in hopes that they will touch the hearts of anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent, is or has been a foster parent, or has experienced the foster care system. We hope that you will read this story and share with others. Be sure to check back regularly for more stories from our foster and adoptive families.Read more
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