First, let me say how shocked I am I have blogged three times this week! What!?!
Last night was the informational meeting for our region regarding becoming foster parents. It was scheduled late in the evening and kids were not allowed, so my mom babysat for us and off we went! Honestly, the information in the class was not very new to me, as it was just a general informational meeting. I have a degree in social work and my mom worked with child protective services my whole childhood. I learned some of it by osmosis I think.
The part that got me is that classes in a neighboring county have already been going on for 4 weeks! My mom (AKA our primary childcare provider) lives in this county and this would have worked out SO well for us. Instead, we are looking at having to do the classes in the county where we live. These classes start in about a week and a half and are from 6-9 two nights a week for 5 weeks. The number of classes doesn't shock me, just the idea of working out childcare for Ethan and Ellie that much. But otherwise, we actually left there feeling pretty encouraged about moving forward with the MAPP trainings to be certified. My biggest concern was the stress of the next 5 weeks, doing the trainings, and our kids. Ethan will do fine with it, but Ellie is very attached and I worry about her just screaming the whole three hours unless she is with my mom.
Fast forward to this morning and the She Reads Truth devotional I am currently following along with. It was so spot on for me today. SO encouraging. Reminding me of Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
So I need to talk with my friends and family and get this childcare thing worked out because I think we are starting the process!