Monday, November 16

Foster Update

This week Miss Natalie will begin making her visits to the local jail for visitation. I can already tell visitation days are difficult for her. She vacillates between acting out and being clingy for the remainder of the day. I think its easy to say that we all love her after three weeks of having her in our home.
I never realized it would be so hard. I can't even let myself imagine what her future. She is (at least) a third generation recipient of child protective services. It is too depressing a road to travel and so I push those thoughts aside to make way for prayers.
I hope, and pray, that God's grace will follow her. That her parents lives would know God's redeeming love and restorative power.
Right now she, and her dimples and fine red hair, are tucked under a quilt in her crib, sleeping off the busy morning.
Say a prayer for her and her family with me, won't you?

12 comments:

Karen G. said...

Hannah, having done foster care myself, I know how you feel. Some of the kids in care have been through so much trauma and yet their parents just need a nudge, while others need far more. Bless you and your family for taking in that lovely little girl. I'll be praying, for sure!

Happy Hermit (Happilyhiddenhermit@gmail.com) said...

Trult I know how hard it was as an older child to never know dependability , nor love on a permanant basis , the strain these little ones feel must feel like torture , always being ripped away from hop.

It truly is heart breaking and has long term effects on how they will interact witht the world as adults.

it is the lack of stability that emotionally cripples them.

I know - because like I said , I have been there.

mandi said...

yes- will absolutely be in prayer for this sweet girl and her family. i think foster care is such a beautiful picture of unselfish love. the letting go part...i can't imagine the strength and faith that must take.

Christy said...

Hi There! I'm not sure if I've ever commented but I've definitely been reading your lovely blog for awhile. I was thinking about your post. It's not by chance the Lord has placed her in your loving, God fearing home. Your obedience to Him by opening your home to this little precious child is inspiring. God shines a light in the darkness even to the tinniest. God bless your family and may God bless your little visitor!

Anonymous said...

I so admire you guys for opening your home and hearts to this little girl and whoever else comes your way down the road.

Love you! Praying for you and for Miss Nat and her fam...

Kt

Sommer said...

Sweet, precious girlie! I will be praying for her and her family. May the Lord bless them and bring peace to their lives!

Lots of love,
Sommer

Tonya said...

I will pray for Miss Natalie and her parents. They are so blessed to have you standing in the gap for them. I pray that someday they understand what Jesus has done for them as well.

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Lisa said...

I will pray for her and her family.

Lynn said...

Hannah, as a medical transcriptionist for 20 years, I have typed my share of stories of harm and pain that I just could not understand and that hurt too much to dwell on. I am glad there are those like you who open their homes.

Lynn

Beth said...

It is SO hard. And there is no way of understanding until you actually foster a child. I will pray for your sweet little redhead... that God would either completely redeem her parents or completely remove them from her. That you would be a light in the dark world that her parents reside. And that God would give you strength and peace through it all...

Dana said...

God bless you for opening your home and showing her the love your family has to offer. I used to work as a family support worker for a local agency here and it is a very emotional but needed thing in all our communities.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you are doing this.. There are so many children that are in need of help. I don't think I could do this myself.. My emotions would get the better of me.

Sue in NJ