Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I would like to begin tonight's post with a little shout-out to a reader, Sierra. Hello Sierra, and thanks for reading!
Sierra commented on yesterday's post to let me know that she had found my blog and read through every single post from beginning to most recent. It was incredible to hear from her, and it made me feel really good to know that she appreciated my blog. She said that my blog was really helpful for her to read, because her family is beginning the process to become a licensed foster family, and I thought that it was great that I could provide some useful information for her to read. I'm also really impressed that she went all the way back to the beginning when she found Taylor Talks and read every single post!
On a similar note, the other day, I had been talking about the fact that my mom was talking to a woman who was looking into becoming a foster parent. She had directed this woman to my blog, and unbeknownst to me, they had continued to talk online since then. Today, they were able to meet in person, and part of me felt kind of proud because I had connected them originally (I had seen this woman's post on a Facebook page asking if anyone was a foster parent and could answer some questions about foster care, and then pointed my mom to her post). It seems like my mom is really helping this woman, but when they met up today, my mom realized that I am really helping this woman as well. Wow, was I shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when I heard that.
Apparently, this woman has been reading my blog ever since she first spoke to my mom. She said that she hasn't caught up to the most recent posts yet, but that she had started at the beginning and she was really getting a lot of good information from my posts. My mom said that she was pleased with the way I interwove personal experiences with factual information, to provide more than just the basic answers as to what foster care is.
Between hearing about this woman who met with my mom, and getting a fantastic comment from Sierra, I feel like my whole day has been made! This is exactly why I wanted to start this blog, so that people could find out about what foster care is really like, not just the facts that you can find in a "Become a Foster Parent" brochure. I want to record the ups and downs of being part of a foster family and give people a taste of what my life is like. Sure, I add in some posts now and then about my daily life, and the chaos that I go through with school and whatnot, but I want people to see that my life is about more than just foster care, adoption, and my siblings. My siblings are what make my life worthwhile, no matter how much we bicker (good thing we weren't arguing today, or my mom would say that I'm full of bologna on that note!!) and they make my life fuller. When all of my daily craziness culminates in me crossing that stage at graduation in May, it will mean that much more to me because I'll have a sea of siblings sitting next to my parents in the crowd. And I hope that the pure amazingness (psh, yeah, I'm an English major and just made up a word) of foster care comes through in all of my posts. I would love to hear that other people experience the same joy that we have experienced from taking in foster children.
To Sierra's family, and to the woman who my mom has been speaking with and her husband, I wish you all the best in your next steps on the road to becoming foster families. I hope that you'll visit my blog once again after taking in your first placements so that I can hear what your experience is like as well!
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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.