Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Many Kids Is Too Many?

I will be the first to admit (I hate admitting this) that there was a time when I thought it wasn't right to have huge families. I would look at big families and judge them wondering how in the world could they take care of all those kids.

I always thought I only wanted 2 kids until we started having kids and then we realized how much of a blessing each one of them is and the bigger your family the more blessings you have running around. I then started looking at larger families in a different way. In the last couple of years I have actually been dreaming of a mega size family. Funny how God works isn't it? Once you talk negative about something then usually God's sticks you right in middle of that situation.

When we had our extra 4 kiddos over the weekend both Chris and I realized that we both want a very large family. Chris even said "you know it would be fun if they called us with 4 again." When we put our own
selfishness aside we had plenty of time for 4 extra ones.

On Facebook this morning someone posted about a blog post and so I wanted to share it with you on why bigger is better so just click here to read it.

I know many people thought we were crazy taking in four. I really don't care though if anyone thinks we are crazy because we know the truth and the truth is that God blessed our socks off having 7 kids running around the house.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Things I Learned From Our First Foster Placement

 1. The house is soooooo much fun when you have 7 little ones running around!!!

2. Children in our own backyard can be living in conditions worse than what you see in orphanages oversees.

3. God can totally bless your socks off when you say yes to something scary.

4. God taught my kids in 3 days of having 4 extra ones around more than we ever could have about giving of themselves in an unselfish way to be the hands and feet of Christ.

5. God taught me that it's plain ridiculous to fight him on things he asks you to do because chances are you have been missing out on blessings during your time of fighting it.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Did You Hear The News???

Well, yesterday as I was checking out in the grocery store I got the call we have been anxiously waiting for. I hate even saying it that way because you look forward to getting to be foster parents but at the same time it breaks your heart to know that the kids usually have a pretty crappy reason of why they are coming. Anyway I answered as I was paying and she said "I'm not sure this is the call you have been waiting for, would you be willing to take 4 kids?" Wow! I honestly didn't even have enough time to think about the answer to that other than I had been praying that we would accept the first call that came in because whatever it was it was in God's hands. I made a quick call to Chris and before he even had time to think about it he said yes. About and hour later I was on my way to go pick up 4 small kiddos to share our home with.

These kids came with pretty much nothing but we knew God would take care of everything and he is. I have to share a pretty cool story with you. A few weeks ago God laid it on my heart to buy a pair of sparkly shoes for a girl. I felt like I was supposed to give these to someone traveling to Haiti soon. The day I felt that I saw a pair but I didn't want to spend the money so I didn't buy them. It has truly bugged me for 2 weeks that I passed up that pair of shoes. Yesterday morning about a half hour before I got the call I was at that same store and saw another pair of sparkly shoes and I picked them up right away because I didn't want my heart to be tortured with it anymore and I just needed to buy them. When the kids came here last night they all had shoes (other than itty, bitty) except for the little girl. I didn't even think about that pair of shoes last night after the craziness but this morning I looked on the table and there was that pair of shoes I bought yesterday and guess who they fit perfectly? Sometimes when God tugs at your heart listen because he could be preparing you for something.

I don't know if we will have these little blessing around for 2 more days or who knows how long. What I do know is that if we would have answered "no" out of fear that we would have missed out on 4 amazing little blessings.