Waiting & Winning

Well the waiting has begun!  Keeping busy these days doesn’t seem to help, I stare at my phone, double check it, and hear it ring when it doesn’t.  I keep asking my husband if he is answering all of his phone calls and make sure that the phones are charged properly.   My husband is infamous for not answering phone numbers that he does not know, but that has changed since our certification.

It’s the nervous anticipation of this journey and what to expect.  While we were going through our certification process it was fairly structured.  We had to take a certain amount of classes, have our home visits and complete a lot of paperwork.  We knew exactly what to expect, so there was very little fear of the unknown.  Now that we are certified, there seems to be no structure within that.  I mean after all, who can predict when a phone call will be made and what age, how many, or what needs the children will have.

Last night at 9:33 pm we received a phone call.  I immediately recognized the area code and picked the phone up with anticipation that this would be the phone call we had been waiting for.  Well, it was phone call we had been waiting for but not in the same sense.  Instead, a sweet lady on the other end of the phone introduced herself and apologized for the lateness of her call.

A little over a month ago, I had applied for a grant through a local philanthropy organization.  Each month they award grants for projects.  Last night we were told that we had won one of three grants!  I was so overwhelmed and shocked because I truly did not expect to receive anything.

Earlier my husband and I were watching a new reality TV show about foster families.  At the end of the premier episode they asked a trivia question via Twitter.  Well, he was the first person to respond correctly and won monies for our charity with that as well.   The neatest part of this story is that I had told him, that if I had an additional amount (and gave the specific amount) of money, I could more than likely accomplish what I felt God had placed heavily on my heart.  Wouldn’t you know it, that with the first win and the second win of the grant, it was EXACTLY the amount that I had told my husband and no one else.  ONLY God can do that!

So now, we continue to wait for our little blessings to arrive, and in the meantime we begin to work on this project to become a blessing to children in foster care.  Our goal, through purchases and donations, is to get each child that will come into the system a cinch sack and fill it with things they will need in those first hours!  We want them to know that while we don’t necessarily understand what they are going through, that we care and love them and value each of them.

 

Philippians 4:19 ~ And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

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

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2 thoughts on “Waiting & Winning

  1. We are now in this waiting process. I, like you, find myself staring at the phone, willing it to ring. I am also madly scrambling to get clothes for both genders in every size in our age range. Also like your family, we feel like this is much more than taking in a child. This is what Jesus commanded from us. We have this opportunity to show them Jesus with our actions. Their stay with us, no matter how brief, is a chance to see God’s love for them. I can’t wait to follow your journey of fostering. I am so glad I found this blog!

  2. Congratulations on becoming foster parents! It is a rewarding experience and we hated those days of just waiting…

    A bit of advice if I may… don’t worry about the clothing because you can never truly prepare for all that you will need. We thought we were so prepared and found out that while we had done much preparation, the biggest thing the children needed were to feel safe and loved. That has proven true in our home. You may also, depending on the state/county you are in ask for a clothing voucher, stipend or gift card. Most agencies will provide you with something to help you get started, especially when they come into your home with nothing.

    Like you we look at this opportunity to share the love of Jesus with each child, through our actions and words. Remember the greatest of these is LOVE… that is really and truly what they need.

    We are thankful for the days that we get to spend with the children. If you are not a momma already, prepare yourself as well as your hubby for instant motherhood/ fatherhood. It is a journey and a blessing. One we are thankful for with the little ones in our home!

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