Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I’m twenty-one!! Yes, it’s finally my birthday, and I’m totally legal now. I don’t know if I’m ready for adulthood, but here goes nothing…
And my baby sisters are five years old! I just can't believe it... it seems like we were getting the phone call to take them just yesterday. I'm so proud of them for all that they have accomplished in their lives so far, because after being born at 26 weeks and drug addicted, many people thought that they wouldn't be able to do a lot in life. But they're proving everyone wrong, and doing a fantastic job at everything that they do.
According to a friend who looked at pictures on Facebook that my mom had put up, it looked like Christmas at my house this morning because there were so many gifts sitting on the kitchen table. I was surprised to get some gifts that I didn’t already know about, since I usually have a hand in picking out my own presents as I’ve gotten older. Of course, in addition to the gifts I got today, I also still have to work with my mom to find a date that we can go to Aladdin on Broadway with my sister… I’m so excited!!
The party was fantastic today… everyone had a great time, and all of the kids (big and little) were wiped out after the fun. I actually got all of the baking done in time for the party and if the small amount of goodies leftover at the end was any indication, the kids really enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies! And I was extremely surprised when, after we sang to my sisters, a friend of my mom’s walked into the room holding a small ice cream cake for me! Everyone sang to me as well, and I really felt so special.
I thought I would start hating the fact that I share my birthday at some point, but the truth is that I love it even more each year. My little sisters and I share this amazing connection, and if we weren’t having a party for them, I know that I would have been sitting at home doing nothing. I may not have celebrated my twenty-first birthday the way most people would imagine it, with drinking and parties, but I celebrated exactly the way I wanted to, surrounded by loved ones.
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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.