Friday was a week of having our new foster baby! I forget how it is having a new born in the house!
Most of you know James and I were licensed as foster parents a couple of months ago.
So Friday December 29th the weather was FINALLY ok to let the kids go outside to play. I just laid back in the hammock to relax when my phone rang. It was our social worker. She said “Mrs. Reardon, we have an 11 day old baby and wanted to know if you would like to foster her?” I immediately said “YES!” We were told that she would be released from the hospital on Sunday. My first thought was, “Ok I have a day to prepare and get things ready to bring home a new born.” I drove to sign some paperwork, and by the time I got there, things had changed. “Mrs. Reardon, you can actually go pick her up tonight.”
Ok, so I’m not gonna lie. I sorta freaked out. Ok I do not have a day to prepare to bring home a new born. I have maybe 3 hours! If you know me at all, then you know I’m a planner. I like to have things organized. I like to have a plan.
I have quickly learned over this past week that I can’t really plan. I have to take one day at a time. I have fallen in love with this sweet baby! I pray for her. I pray for her situation. I pray that my heart will align with God’s will and not my own. This week has been a roller coaster of emotions. But I must say, I have seen God all over this.
We get home at midnight. We try and settle in the best we can. We wake up the next day, and y’all, we have people bringing boxes of clothes, diapers, formula, and meals! We have had calls and texts of prayers going up. I am so thankful for believers who realize it is our duty as children of God to be involved in our foster care system.
As I take a step back and realize I cannot plan this out, I have to take one day at a time. I am reminded that I have to depend on God each moment of each day. I don’t have to have it all planned out. I just have to wait upon the Lord and be willing with my hands out and my heart open. Let’s step into 2018 to be stretched and willing to be used by God!