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.
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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