Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Today was a really nice way to end the holiday weekend! As I mentioned yesterday, we went to our friends' house for a little bar-be-que today, and it was so nice to take a break from the packing and chaos of moving to just have fun.
The kids loved swimming in our friends' pool, so I can't wait for us to have our own pool after the move. Though my mom and I didn't go swimming with them, it was really nice to sit on the edge and dip our feet in. My mom's friend had to snap this picture of us when my little sisters came to join us on the edge of the pool... Remember when I wrote about how different all of my family members look, way back at the beginning of my blogging adventure? Here's a bit of photographic proof for you all to understand what I'm talking about when I say that I am ghostly white (all the way to the left) and my little sisters have the most gorgeous tan ever in the summer. That's my mom on the right, and even though my dad's a little darker than her, and I'm biologically related to both of them, I unfortunately was born with the curse of being turned to a lobster at the first sight of sun. My fingers are crossed that I might have gotten a little bit of color today when I was sitting by the pool, but I won't hold my breath on that wish!
There was good food, good conversation, and good laughs to be had today. When I think about what I'm going to miss about New York after we move, I think about times like these. We may not have get-togethers like this all of the time, but we always know that our friends are here whenever we need them. Sure, I'll miss this house, and some of the places around here (like my elementary school), but I know that I'll miss the people we're leaving the most. Of course, my mom is working on convincing just about everyone we love that they want to move to Florida too, so hopefully we'll be surrounded by loved ones sooner or later, but in the meantime, I'm glad I'll have memories like those we made today to look back on.
All of this build up to our move makes me think about how foster children must feel when they change homes. At least when I move, I'll be going with my family. But foster children are removed from their homes and placed in a house with complete strangers. Then they become attached to the foster family, and (in most cases) are then removed and placed back in their biological home where they can't see their new family anymore. Plus, they're changing homes, towns, schools, pediatricians... it's a lot to deal with, and I don't think I've ever truly grasped how difficult that must be until we started this whole process. It gives me a whole new level of respect for all of my siblings.
My goal is to reach 150 likes on my Facebook author page by the time I'm celebrating a year of blogging on July 29th, and it would mean so much to me if everyone could like and share my page. It's as simple as clicking the two buttons at the top right of any blog page, so it only takes a few seconds of your time! As I've mentioned before, when I reach 150 likes, I will share information about the novel that I've been working on, so I'm really excited to hit that milestone!
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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.