Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life as Foster Parent

Baby E had trouble sleeping last night, so Holly stayed up to try and comfort her while I tried to sleep. When I awoke this morning, I found Holly and E. lying fast asleep on the floor in the baby room. E. was wrapped in her blanket and Holly was wrapped in her sleeping bag. I tried to get the camera before they woke up, but our meowing cats spoiled the moment before I could snap the shot.

When we signed up to be Foster Parents we knew it was going to be emotional, but you never really know anything until you have experienced it first hand. Well, we got our first dose of Foster Parenting today at 2:00 when DHS (Department of Human Services) called and said that the judge ordered DHS to return E. to her family. We had a doctors appointment scheduled for her at 2:30, so E's case worker met us at the clinic to pick her up. We fed her a bottle, gave her kisses, prayed for her and said our good byes. It is amazing how much love you can feel for a baby only after 24 hours.


  1. i'm sorry- i can imagine it must be hard to give them back, even if they do get to go back to their family

  2. You guys are wonderful human beings. I am thinking of Elizabeth and keeping her well-being in my prayers. Babies are amazing, aren't they? They keep you up all night but after just one day, you're in love. Whether the baby in your care is biologically yours or otherwise, that's parenting for you. A lifetime of devotion.

  3. Wow - I'm so sorry that she is gone so soon! What a beautiful little bundle! It is amazing, isn't it, how quickly you come to love them? I will pray for her and for you guys as well. You have started such an incredible journey and I look forward to following you through it!

    Terra (Sheila's sister, Tom and Betty's daughter)

  4. Hey Holly and Robert,
    We are following your blog as closely as we can from Oklahoma. We were so excited for you to see that you got your first foster baby! We were rejoicing with you and the next day are hearts were sad as we read that you only got to enjoy her for 24 hours. We continue to pray for you and E. and we're excited to see who the Lord will bring your way next!