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There And Back Again: A Foster Care Tale

Sam: “There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale by Bilbo Baggins, and The Lord of the Rings by Frodo Baggins. You finished it”
Frodo: “Not quite. There's room for a little more”.

Just when you think your adventure is done, there seems to be more…
Thirty days after reunification our foster love returned to us. I can’t go into details of course but needless to say a failed reunification brings about more trauma on top of existing trauma. It has not been an easy three weeks in our home.

To be blunt our family deeply needed and desired a long break from fostering, and yet we could not live with ourselves if we said no to her right now. So we scrambled to find the things we’d passed along to others- since she came back to us with nothing we’d sent her with- rearranged our schedules and home and started all over, again.

It’s not been pretty. It’s been a slow crawl with lots of grief, anger and sadness along the way. We are here out of obedience trusting God to provide the rest.

We are heartbroken for this little one, heartbroken for her family and deeply grieved by the choices made that affect so many people. We don’t know where her story is headed, we don’t know how long we will have her but we know that God has not abandoned her, He has been faithful to protect her and keep her safe and will continue to watch over her.

Our Pastor said last night, “Even when you don’t feel like you’re hearing from God, you can be sure He is hearing from you.”
So we lament, we cry out for healing and justice and restoration and we put one foot in front of the other.


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