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Who Am I and Why Am I Writing This Blog?

2011 November 14

I’m part of a couple, married over 24 years. We are in our late forties and early fifties and have never had children of our own. The last twelve years we’ve continuously discovered the joy of working with and serving children of elementary school age and early teens. Our call to foster parenting grew out of and was affirmed by these experiences.

We are still in this process. My wife, Jennifer, and I attended a month of classes and discovered all the things we didn’t know; but also were surprised by how much we’d learned from our prior experiences.

We slammed through the large hill (or small mountain) of paper work. We’ve cleared rooms, painted, began collecting furniture, books, games, puzzles, and projects.

Being readers we naturally turn to books and articles on nutrition, education, special needs, and navigating our way through the large sea of children’s and young adult books.

This is where I will share our experiences, what we’ve learned and what we are learning, mistakes we’ve made (so you don’t have to), and things we’ve figured out and want to share with others who are going through the same challenges.

What I won’t be doing is writing about the kids in our house. They and their families are entitled to their privacy. Children I do mention from case studies and stories are given fictitious names.

We are followers of Jesus Christ so there will be writing of His role in this because He deserves the glory. This is not a religious blog, but there will be mention of God and the occasional Bible study or biblical reference. That’s just who I am. If you are an unbeliever but share our love and concern for children you can still get a lot out of this blog and maybe share a few things yourself.

Kids are valuable, challenging, interesting, inscrutable, fun, a pain, heartwarming, frustrating, loving, self-absorbed, loyal, fickle, and so totally worth our attention and efforts.

Foster kids are just kids. They’ve been traumatized, even if all that has happened to them is that they’ve been taken out of their homes and are now living with strangers.

Did you ever think when you were a kid that you wouldn’t be living in your house?

Just like other kids, there are no perfect foster kids; we’ve already checked; our agency is all out of perfect kids, and I’m betting yours is too. Some of them are “lost causes” or “hopeless” or “just bad kids” or whatever other label gets attached to a child whose life has been disrupted and invaded by people and things beyond their control.

Maybe the next kid is all of these things. Until they meet you.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will feature a new post. I hope you will check in with us.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Photo: “Road” by Jesse Therrien

7 Responses leave one →
  1. November 14, 2011

    Kent, Congratulations on this first of many entries and welcome to the blogosphere. I am proud you followed through and got this up and running. Now the fun begins. Keep up the good work and thanks for being such a good “student.”

  2. November 14, 2011

    Congratulations and good luck. I am excited for you and Jennifer as you take this new step in life and welcome to the blogging world!

  3. November 16, 2011

    What a great intro to your blog. I am looking forward to reading your posts!!

    • November 16, 2011

      Thank you, Blog Lady T. I couldn’t have done it without you. Literally.

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