Foster/Adoption has a lot of heartache. It has a lot of grief and anger and helplessness and loss. Heck, it has all those things on the first day. However, it also has a lot of amazing, unique experiences that make it all worthwhile.
It’s the best feeling when child who has been with you for two weeks finally feels safe enough to take off their jacket for the first time.
It’s the best feeling when a child’s face lights up because “Santa” didn’t forget them like he did last year.
It’s the best feeling when a child gives you a completely unprompted, unexpected hug.
It’s the best feeling when you talk a child down from a panic attack and they just snuggle into you; you can tell they feel safe for the first time in months.
It’s really easy sometimes to forget how awesome the experience of fostering is. It’s hard, heartbreaking work, but it is also breathtakingly beautiful in the most unexpected ways. There are days that I am drowning in the depth of the needs that my kids have, but there are also days that I just fall to my knees and thank God for gifting these precious ones to me.