I started working out again in January and taking E (now 15 months old!!!) to the nursery at the church where I grew up and where my dad was on staff for 27 years. It has been the most incredible gift. Not only do I get to try to get in shape for Chase’s wedding :), but E gets loved on by some very special ladies. I’ve known the director, Rachel, since she was a little girl, and she used to babysit my kids! His teachers are Miss Ramona, Miss Dolly and Miss Maria. They all love E with an enthusiastic and overt love! Today he came out covered in lipstick lip prints. Last week they asked me the question (as they all stood around his bed while his diaper was being changed) “how many of us does it take to take care of E?” “All of us!”
He is pampered, squeezed and sung to. Maria is even speaking to him in Spanish and declares that ‘he is so smart-he even knew what to do with his hand at the end of the Spanish Pat-a-Cake!” When we come in, it’s as if a celebrity has entered the building.
All of this is unexpected and appreciated, but what I appreciate most is how much they love and value my baby. They ‘get it’, they understand that E isn’t ‘just a foster child’, he is a precious gift, and they want to be part of his life for as long as we have him. I just love that. It is such a blessing to me to have allies in this journey who under gird me with prayer and encourage me to have some time just for me.
In a world where foster children are often devalued, dismissed, and invisible, how refreshing it is to have people who ‘get it’! E and I love you ladies! :)