(this picture was taken the day our foster baby was delivered to us, just a few minutes after meeting her)
Yesterday, I was burping our foster baby as I sat with her on our couch. She was whimpering a bit. Brayden was right there with us. He was lying on the top part of the couch touching the baby with the tips of his fingers. With his sweet little voice he said, “It’s okay, I’m right here.”
That is what we are in the midst of. We are being present in this little one’s life. Is it changing us? Absolutely. Is it sometimes messy and taxing? Sure. She is a baby. She has needs. We are here for her. We want to be. We are thankful for the chance to play this role in her life. We are still adjusting to being a family of seven. We have many ups and some downs. All in all, we couldn’t have dreamed up a better opportunity.
This baby is so loved right now. If I am not holding her, the kids come up to me and want to know where she is. They are quick to help and eager to love. The richness of our experience so far is unexplainable.
Our foster baby has begun cooing and smiling. What a treat it is to see her sweet face light up with true love and joy. I have to believe what we are doing is needed, not to mention rewarding. What we are doing here, fostering, is not entirely selfless you know. As the Indigo Girls so well put it in their lyrics, “There’s a thin line between pleasing yourself and pleasing somebody else.”
As Brayden put it, we are here. We want to be and we are not going anywhere. Our sweet foster baby can count on us and we will continue to pour love on her. She deserves it.