A journey begins where we least expect it. I know that when we decided to foster I never thought we would be where we are 15 years later. I am glad though as I might have tried to change it and what a mistake that would have been. You see I thought that I wanted to be that crazy perfect suburban family. Which is weird as I don’t live in the suburbs and never wanted to. I did however think I wanted the little family that was picture perfect. How wrong I was…
I live in a small community in the Midwest. We raise cattle and have a few other ranch animals. We now have a family which was all I ever really wanted. The children we were blessed to bring into our lives have taught me more than I ever could have imagined. You see our kids are special…not just to me. They have fought for every single achievement they have ever had including each birthday and milestone. I never knew strength or faith until I met them. I never knew joy or love until they brought it to me. Is the journey easy? Never but what worthwhile is?
I share in this blog in the hopes of helping others to understand how important it is to protect our children from the ravages of prenatal alcohol exposure. Our journey is one that I pray will help others see the wonderful gift of loving a child who doesn’t always know how to ask for love in a positive way.
I am a mom. That is the title that means the most to me. I am mom to 12 beautiful children who are ranging in age from 24 to 4. I never thought I would love that many children but well we have loved even more. Through our journey we have fostered well over 100 and loved them for whatever time they were in our home and hearts. I learn every day new lessons in strength and try to share them when I can.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder affects all of our children. I once struggled and thought that I was destined to love “broken” children. I was terrified of their futures. I didn’t know what to do but they taught me that they are not Broken. They are each amazing and they each have so much to offer. While FASD is not able to be cured it can be prevented. Please educate yourself and others about why it is so important to protect our unborn from the dangers of alcohol. Please feel free to contact me through www.stopfasd.com