What a dog taught me about foster care — 8 Comments

  1. Yet again, Paulette, I am left with tears of joy and pride! I am honored to be able to call you my friend! We can all learn a lesson from this blog, a lesson in what? LOVE, something we all do, but, obviously not enough. I have heard your stories about fostering over the years and whether the children stay with your family or are “reunified” with their biological families, their lives have been forever changed for the love, comfort, and support you and your family have given to them. Keep writing, because I’ll keep reading! Best to YOU and yours this day, P!

  2. Sounds like that boy taught you that you wanted more chaos in your home than you thought…same lessons my boy is teaching me!

  3. Becky, thank you for your kind words. Your support, your love and your generous donations of clothes and toys have made all the difference in helping foster these blessings. We foster parents couldn’t do what we do without people like you!

    Jean, sometimes it takes us mamas a little longer to learn some of these lessons. I don’t know what I would do with a peaceful, quiet home! LOVE the “controlled chaos,” the multiple potty breaks just driving to the Dells, cutting up food and spilled milk. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  4. This is a really sweet story. How wonderful that you invited the birth parents to visit their children and their dog in your home! You are a wonderful and giving foster parent!

  5. Thank you Cynthia for your comment. I have found it best for all involved when I take a “co-parenting” approach to fostering when we appropriate. Big day coming up for your family-congratulations on bringing your daughter home forever!

  6. What a great story! I also learned a lot after becoming a foster parent. I learned that life is not fair, everyone endures heartache, and it can be difficult to make good decisions. As I teach my kids how to make good decisions, I am constantly reminded everything someone does is because of a decision that person made. Making a good decision is often more difficult than making a poor one – but the rewards can be great! You can miss out on a lot by taking the easier route and making a poor decision. I hope I am successful in teaching any child who comes through our door this important life lesson.

  7. Niki, sometimes wouldn’t it be nice to get through one day without needing to learn a lesson? I am thankful that there are people like you who continue to open your homes and your hearts for the kids. Keep learning from them, these short little people are some of the smartest people I am blessed to know!