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One of the best things about doing foster care has been the fact that we always have little kids in the house. Unlike most families, who have children and then those children grow up, in our family we have had children who grow up, children who leave, children who stay and grow up, children who leave again... my siblings and I have such different age differences because my parents didn't choose when to have another child. We just sat back and waited until another child came to us.
Having little kids in the house is always fun, except like, when they're whiny, but it's the best when it comes time for a holiday. You always feel cool because you can stay up later than the little kids for New Year's. You always have an excuse to be excited about leprechauns, the Easter Bunny, or Santa. You get to giggle when everything is "so romantic" around Valentine's Day, even if the meaning of "romantic" is lost on the little sister who keeps saying it. When you need to come up with something corny to be thankful for at dinner on Thanksgiving, you convince yourself that it isn't corny because you're showing the little kids what life is all about. You have the perfect excuse to dress up on Halloween, because, hey, you need to walk around with your little brothers and sisters after all... wouldn't it be awful to actually admit that you'll just never tire of dressing up to get free candy?
Yes, it's the holidays that make me especially grateful to always have little kids in the house. There is so much excitement around here that there's only a week until Easter, and I'm sure that it wouldn't be as fun if we didn't have five-year-olds in the house. Sure, having that pure childhood joy on Easter or Christmas morning might make life more stressful for my mom (I won't say that it makes me stressed because really I just jump in to help to keep my mom from exploding), but it's completely worth it when you see those tiny faces light up.
I couldn't imagine life without all of the childhood wonder that we've always had in our house. I think that doing foster care is part of what has kept me in touch with my inner child all these years. It's really nice to have an excuse to sing a Disney tune or to sit down and watch "Sofia the First" without thinking about the fact that I'm 21. Let's just hope that when the twins are old enough to not be obsessed with their kiddie shows anymore, I'll be able to convince them that being a kid is still fun no matter how old you get.
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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.