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Today was a celebration of Hanukkah & Christmas… A festival of lights all around.
Normally, we don’t hang lights around our house for Christmas. It has just never worked out for us. My dad used to try to hang them when I was little, but the lights would stop working or something, and it would be pointless. This year, I decided that I was going to put lights up no matter what. I figured, hey, I’m 21 and I can do this! [Here's where you can picture me pumping myself up like a boxer before his match!] So I went out and bought some lights without telling my parents and started putting them up around our front stairs. Figured I’d start with something easy that I could reach… I’m only 5′ tall, so that was definitely going to be my disadvantage in this venture…
So I came home from the store with the lights and set to work. I didn’t even go into the house to tell my mom that I was home. I thought I’d be able to get the lights up before she went outside and I’d be able to surprise her. Well, wouldn’t you know that my own dogs gave away the surprise? My mom came into the living room and saw them both sitting in front of the door with their heads turned to the side. They had seen me pull into the driveway and were confused as to why I wasn’t coming into the house. So the surprise didn’t really go as planned, but hey, I still got the lights up.
Then today, my dad was able to help me put up the lights around the top of the house. By help, I mean he was the one going up and down the ladder while I handed him gutter clips (I swear I offered to do it… he worked all week, I didn’t want to make him do this too! I just needed help carrying the ladder and making sure it didn’t fall over!). So after quite a long time in the freezing cold, and putting up one string of lights backwards and having to redo it, the house looks great now.
My mom and I took my little sisters outside to look at the house once it was dark out, and they loved it… their faces when they saw the lights just made all of the work completely worth it.
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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.