Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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On this Memorial Day, as we remembered those who gave their lives for our freedoms, my family was fortunate enough to be in good company.
Our friends from New York, who my mom and sisters had visited the other day, came to our house today for a bar-be-que and swimming. The girls all picked up right where they had left off on Saturday, happily enjoying each others' company as they swam and ran around with one another. It was nice for me to see both of our visitors and catch up a little... the twins' friend has grown so big since the last time that we saw them, and it's crazy to think that we met them two years ago when the kids were in preschool together.
I was extremely grateful for the delicious food that my dad grilled up for everyone... Hot dogs and burgers for lunch, and then steak, ribs, and corn on the cob for dinner; everything was amazing! Of course, I don't know how the kids enjoyed any of it after the amount of snacking that occurred, but it was pretty funny to see the three girls taking platefuls of chips and pretzels over to towels in the lanai so they could enjoy a picnic.
The absolute best part of the day was when we got to surprise the kids. Remember the other day, when I mentioned that I had plans to go to Disney twice this week? Wait, I did mention that, right? Well anyway, the first time was when I went to Epcot with my dad and my brother on Friday. The second time is tomorrow, for a girls day out when we'll be going to Magic Kingdom! The great thing about it though, was that only the adults knew about it. The three little girls had no idea. So my mom asked me if I could write on little pieces of paper that they could each read to figure out what we'll be doing. Of course, I had to go above and beyond the call of duty and put together a poster complete with lift-the-flap pieces!
All of the girls are at varying stages of being able to read, but we set them down in front of the poster in a specific order so that they'd each be able to figure out the words in front of them. They did a wonderful job reading the whole sentence, and I was so happy that I had decided to videotape the unveiling because their reactions were priceless.
The girls looked at one another and then asked, "Wait, us three are going to Disney World?!" The squeals were hysterical, and they couldn't stop smiling and hugging each other. When we then told them that my dad and brother would be staying home with the dogs, thus making it a trip for just the girls, the squeals started all over again. It was hilarious, and their reactions were well-worth keeping the secret for over a month.
Everyone is excited for our big day out tomorrow, and I think it will be a wonderful way to end our time with our friends before they return to New York. I'm so glad that we were able to get together while they were down here. Now, if only my friends would come to visit instead of just the girls' friends... I'll have to get working on that! In the meantime, I can't wait for tomorrow!
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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.