Learning…

“The more I read, the more you know.  The more you know, the smarter you grow!” 

~ Dr. Seuss!

As a child growing up, I hated to read!  I know, I know… a teacher that hated to read!  I was a strong reader, but did not like to be told what to read!  I wanted to choose my own topic, on my own terms and read on my own time.  To this day, I remain the same way.  While I love to read for entertainment, I find fiction books and romance novels a total bore.  I would much rather read something based on reality.  If I read fiction, it is realistic fiction.  I also have a tendency to read books about education and like to  dive into biographies and an occasional autobiography.

I also find that my reading is cyclical.  I am a huge fan of Karen Kingsbury books.  Her books are realistic fiction and I find that I can totally get lost in her world, in her books.  I will spend months reading whatever she has written, and then I will put them down and dive into other genres or topics.  Lately, I haven’t found myself buried in a book, rather the internet and learning.  When I do pick up a book I am reading A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton, which is a beautifully written biography about his life in foster care.

I find myself struggling with what I read on a daily basis, and I find myself wanting to solve all of the problems of the foster care system to help these babies find forever!  Most recently I have been reading a blog written by a former foster child.  Her insight and wisdom are far beyond her years.  She may not know it, but she has touched me deeply in many ways.

As my husband and I prepare to bring a child into our home, we are concerned with the many aspects of that transition.  Her blog helped with the simplest of things, right down to things to do on the first day the child is in your home.  The hardest part or most striking part for me was the trash bag “suitcase.”  REALLY???  Children are removed from the only family they have ever known and their personal belongings, often times only clothing are dumped into a trash bag?  That is completely unacceptable to me, so that story led me to another blog which led me to searching for ways to help every child in foster care to have their own suitcase or duffle bag.  I also found other charities or organizations that are committed to helping children to have a better experience in foster care.

So today, as I learn more and more, I am adding a new page to my blog.  This page will focus on ways to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child.  You don’t have to become a foster parent to make a difference, but you can in other ways.  I hope that as this page develops, you will find it helpful.

In addition, God has placed several other things on my heart and I am in the state of praying and seeking His will for these things.  I want to make a difference, I want to change a lifetime, and I want to be in God’s will.  This involves learning, listening and lots of prayer, but I want to know at the end of the day, at the end of my journey that I have done something positive in this world.  That I fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race, for the sake of a child… for the sake of love!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9

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