Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I feel like there was so much going on today, because we seemed to just keep jumping from one activity to the next!
My sister and I went out for a simple shopping trip and ended up being out of the house for over two hours. What fun! We left the house and were just down the street when I realized that I had forgotten to take the Costco card with me. Now, I haven't gone to this store often since moving down here, but I do know that you can't shop without this membership card. So I went back to the house and my sister ran in to find the card for me.
We set out again and now I felt like we were ready to go. I got almost halfway to Costco (alright, it's only about 15 minutes away, but still, it's not like it's just down the road) before realizing that we hadn't stopped at the bank yet, which we needed to do before shopping. So I turned around once again and we went in the total opposite direction to go to the bank.
Once at the bank, I remembered that I was supposed to be picking up medication for someone at CVS, which is pretty close to the bank. So we made another detour, stopped to pick up the medicine (and luckily I remembered that I was supposed to be getting something for my dad there as well), and then finally went on our way to Costco. Everything should have been quick and easy from there on out, right?
Wrong. As I mentioned, I've barely ever been to this store. My sister and I had absolutely no idea where anything was! The store is gigantic, they sell everything from bagels to televisions to clothing to canoes, and it was super crowded! We literally had to walk up and down every single aisle looking for each item on our list. By the end, we hadn't even been able to find everything, had purchased a couple of items that weren't even on the list to begin with, and we had spent almost two hours in the store. It was insane.
After we got home, I figured I would spend a little time with my little sisters, so I worked on some ASL with them. I made these flashcards that I use when I'm teaching my ASL classes, and wanted to see how much of the alphabet my sisters know. So we went through all of the flashcards, first seeing if they could tell me what the letter was based on the picture of my hand signing it, and then we went through again and instead looked at the drawings I made for each letter and seeing if they could show me the sign from memory. They knew almost the entire alphabet; I was so impressed! After we were all finished, I promised them that they could play a game, so I laid all of the flashcards down on the playroom floor and let the girls play a big game of Memory. They were so funny, working together to try to find pairs of cards... and they continued signing the letters throughout the game! It went fantastically.
To end the night, I spent some time in my room working on illustrations for my latest children's book. I now have three pages fully completed, colored and all, so I'm happy with my progress. Of course, I won't be able to work on the illustrations at all while I'm at work over the next few days, but I should be able to pick up right where I left off come Friday. It's so exciting! I can't wait to complete the book and share it with everyone! In the meantime, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for illustration updates!
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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.