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My Frazzled Five Year Journey Entry #1

November 6, 2013

Five Years ago, I was a frazzled mom of two daughters, a freshman and senior in high school. Our senior had scholarship interviews, college visits and auditions, and decisions to make. Both girls were in one act plays and the musical at school. They had orchestra, vocal and youth symphony practices and concerts. There were dance, violin, and piano lessons, worship band and youth group. My husband and I were co-pastors in a congregation as we prepared for Thanksgiving and Advent. My mom was getting married the coming weekend and we were preparing for the celebration.

I couldn’t imagine life getting any more frazzled than it already was… when my mother-in-law called asking for prayers for our six-year-old great niece and four-year-old great nephew. They needed a home. Fast. She told us their story and asked us to pray.

My husband, Greg, and I talked and prayed. We had asked six years prior if our niece could live with us the first time she entered protective custody. The standard goal of foster care is reunification with biological parents, and it was not possible for us to arrange weekly visits from half way across the country, so protective services declined our offer. 

Be careful what you pray for! Our freshman had been in fourth grade at the time and had prayed and prayed and prayed that little baby could come live with us. It was not quite the time line she had in mind, but that baby was now six and she had a four year old brother!



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