Sometimes I have the best job. Many times, often in the same day, I bemoan the fact that people can be so terribly cruel, especially to children, but then sometimes ... just sometimes ...

I get to watch the wee ones on my caseload take swimming lessons. (And knowing these wee ones, they might have wee-d in the pool, but when you're a four year old little boy ....) After my step class, coming down the hallway of the Y, I spotted one of my foster moms watching through the pool window at her borrowed boys splash, kick and blow bubbles for the first time ever. I watched them shiver and shriek and push their little tummies out ... and then I watched them look up and search anxiously for their borrowed mom, and relax when she and their borrowed dad laughed and waved to them.

One of my foster moms always tells her adopted kids, "I had my other babies in my tummy, but I had you in my heart."

I couldn't imagine not being in the kid business.

(For those of you who know from before ... last September I left my dear teens in detention ... and yes, for all their rottenness, contraband hiding, sprinkler head breaking, cell flooding selves, they are so dear to my heart. I left to co-supervise a program that utilizes highly trained volunteers to monitor dependency [foster care] cases and be the voice of the child in the courtroom. I'm so blessed to be able to actually get paid for this. I love supervising my volunteers. I love having normal work hours. But more than any of that, I love being in the kid business.)


  1. Anonymous on April 1, 2008 at 7:13 AM

    Hey, I left you a message at your MSN site. I didn't want to post it here because I didn't want the info to be public. Sorry to have to send you back there for a moment, but you will understand when you get there.



  2. Kylee on April 1, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    Hey, I would be honored if you put a link for my blog on your blog:) I am glad that you switched and glad that you are blogging. It makes me feel closer to you. Greg will eight months in June, but I am thinking about trying to get over with Katelyn for her post-op appt. for her teeth. So it may be sooner!

  3. Ronna on April 2, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    I left you this HUGE LONG MESSAGE REPLY on MSN but then MSN in all it's wisdom evidently decided that is was poorly written or something and decided to dump it when I hit "send"....grrrr. One more reason I am "outta there".

    The gist of it is, the school you mentioned is conveniently located in a place where I hang out frequently....:D I would love that. Secondly, my life is in spiritual turmoil right now of my own doing. Hard to be close to God when you don't meet him halfway isn't it? Gotta rectify that ASAP. Allen is....Allen. Praying about that daily. Chris is worrying me a lot these days. But he is still tender-hearted so I pray A LOT about him and come against the enemy. He is very attracted to HARD metal music and I am concerned for the influence it has on him.

    But mostly I am just needing to be refreshed and renewed and reminded of who I am supposed to be in Christ. I think I forgot that for a while. Lost it somewhere along the way and crawled into a hole and curled up. Not a good thing. I tend to get sad. And lonely. And grouchy. I don't have much joy these days. I need to find my joy again. And that is part of my reason for having a new place to blog. A safe place where I can really pour out my heart and cry and sob and scream and do all of those things. And also have my private devotions. It's one thing I like about VOX, I can choose to make entries private if I want. I need to send you an invite so you can read the actual blogs I guess, hmm? LOL.

    Ok, enough now. Love you!!!!



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