Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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So we're a little more than a week away from my sister getting her hearing aids, and we've been trying to use sign language a lot more around the house.
Everyone is making the effort to learn some signs, which has been really great. We're getting to the point where both of the twins can remember certain signs and can have small conversations in ASL. There's a lot to learn; even my mom and I are nowhere near being fluent, but everyone is doing really well so far.
It's difficult to remember to sign when you're speaking if it's not something that you've typically done your whole life. It's even harder when you don't know every sign, so you're not actually able to sign everything that you're saying. But we're all trying to help each other as much as possible, and we're just looking at this challenge like anything else we've ever faced: we're going through it as a family and we'll push each other to do well and lean on each other for support.
I love whenever the girls come to me or my mom and ask us how to sign something. It shows that they're truly taking an interest in learning the new language, which is awesome. I think that one of the hardest parts about teaching them ASL is that it's so hard for Twin A to focus; the challenge is just getting her to look at us. She can't hear us when we're calling her name, and she won't look at us so we can sign something, so it's kind of a crazy cycle... it's getting better though.
It's great to see the girls sign "Good night" to everyone before bed, and now everyone can sign it back to them as well. Yesterday, at Disney, they were signing "Thank you" to characters after a meet & greet, and signing "I love you," which the characters reciprocated (since that's a universal sign that everyone knows). I'm so glad that the girls aren't shy about using ASL in public or anything, because we want Twin A to be proud of her hearing aids, just like Twin B is proud of her glasses, and we want them to be excited to sign to each other. I'm hoping that they'll be able to sign to each other in school and Twin B will be able to help Twin A when she can't hear something. This is just another layer to their incredible bond.
I can't wait to learn more signs myself so that we can all continue to learn and grow together. It's such an exciting time in our lives.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.