Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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It's National Siblings Day today! It's been shared all over social media, and what better way to recognize sibling bonds than with a day to honor them?
Last year, I remember that I didn't want to celebrate National Siblings Day. My brother had been out of the house for almost four months, and I was bitter. I didn't want to celebrate a day that left me missing such a huge part of my life. This year, however, my brother and I are in a much better place, and it doesn't anger me or upset me to think about him.
Though our relationship is very different than it used to be, my brother and I are slowly rebuilding this new relationship. We message each other online every so often, sharing details of something important that happened to us or asking how things are going. We're on opposite ends of the country, but I think it's good to be so far away from each other, because we need space as we figure out where things are going between us. Still, it's nice to be able to reach out to one another once in a while just to check in. I feel like we're headed toward the kind of relationship that most grown siblings have, where you don't live together anymore, and you're not involved in each others' daily lives so much, but you stay in touch and root for one another to do well with everything.
With that being said, I wanted to acknowledge National Siblings Day today, since I hadn't really done so last year. This year, I wanted to acknowledge all of my siblings; all nineteen of them. I put together a collage of each of my siblings and posted it on my personal Facebook page with a special message. Do you know how small all of those pictures had to be in order to fit them all into one collage? You could barely see those faces anymore!
It's funny, because I've been looking at everyone's pictures all day and the number of siblings ranges throughout all of my family and friends. There are some people with just one sibling, some with a handful... then there's me, with nineteen smiling faces filling up an entire collage. Once again, I'm reminded just how different my family is from the families around me. I don't know anyone else who has had quite so many siblings. But it has truly been an honor to invite each and every one of my siblings into our home and had the opportunity to love them, even if only for a short time. My siblings have stayed with us anywhere from a few days to a couple of years, not counting those who were adopted. From the shortest placement to the longest, each child impacted our family in some way and I believe that they were all placed with us for a reason. So Happy National Siblings Day to all of the wonderful children whom I have had the privilege of calling my siblings over the course of my lifetime!
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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.