This morning I am reading my bible waiting for the two little ladies I've been watching for 4 months, wake up. Decided to stop real quick to update you all ❤️ These two little munchkins are the most joyful and pure-hearted 2 1/2 year olds I've encountered. They are in the foster care system and it has been my honor and joy to walk alongside the foster family as they navigate the beauty and pains of fostering children. And I've been most impacted by my mornings with the girls. From my first morning with them to, today, my last, the amount of healing and healthy emotional development I've witnessed, has given me a renewed faith in the power of simply loving. These beautiful foster parents have loved these little girls so well, and I have been able to join in the love fest and saturate the last 4 months of their little lives with simple child-hood joys! Blowing bubbles, dance parties, singing bible songs, long adventures picking flowers, rolling on the floor laughing at the silliest things, watching them learn to ride a tricycle, and introducing them to the joys of Veggie Tales!
It has been the most beautiful chapter and my heart is both sad and celebrating as God turns the page! These little lovelies will be reunited with their mom early next week. Send up some fervent and love-filled prayers for:
- the transition for these precious little ladies
- Their birth mom to be surrounded by a loving community that can equip her and help her rebuild a healthy and stable life for her girls
- Their foster parents. These two have poured and poured and poured so sacrificially and this reunification with their mom has come much earlier than anticipated.
- My heart. I have just grow to love these precious little girls. They have represented a generation of little-ones shifting through the foster care system, and have only stirred within me a burning desire to do all I can to love, impact and inspire more little lives.
But there is such beauty in serving a God who has all my chapters written beautifully before I can dream them up. He has given me such a sweet glimpse into the next season of my journey! Woohoo!
While staying home sick from school yesterday, I was sharing my heart with the Lord, asking Him what He could have in store for me when it comes to work in this next season. My Lord knows how I have always liked my work to be meaningful and in alignment with my calling and passion for impacting children (that's why this job was such a sweet and intentional gift from Him) -- a few hours later after sending up some heart prayers to my King, I check my email and see a woman from the local YMCA I've been teaching a class at, emailed me to offer me a job! Cmonnn jesus! 😅🙌🏼🎉
Heres the story -- I was contacted by a woman who works ta the YMCA oner Facebook! She saw that I had ECE units, a teaching permit and my degree and asked me to considering applying there as there is a need. This stirred my heart with excitement as the emphasis for my degree was after school care and recreation because of how I was impacted at the Y when I was young. I already had a love for the Shasta YMCA because I teach a leadership class there once a week. Before one of the classes I walked into a random office and ended up connecting with the very woman that found me on Facebook! It turns out she also goes to Bethel and our conversation ended up being so life-giving. A divine appointment for sure. I am saying all this BECAUSE somehow I shared my heart for foster children with her..then my story..and she said they have a foster kid camp every summer and have been needing staff that are familiar with and have a heart for foster kids. CMON JESUS?!
Lonnnng story short, after our conversation this woman spoke to her boss who then emailed me and asked me to come in with my resume to see where we can utilize my degree and experience.
-- heres the updated update -- When I went into meet this woman we instantly connected, shared stories and my application was filled out and being processed! BAM! There are multiple programs I will be able to work in and MANY young people I get to reach! Thank you King Jesus!! I also got a part time job working for two special needs teenagers (randomly through care.com) So not only is the Lord providing work, but opening doors for me to cultivate my hearts passions and be used to impact young lives. He is just too good, people.