Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I was just thinking about adoption, and more specifically, the adoptions that we've had in our family. Each adoption is a celebration with family and friends, but it's not just our immediate family that get official new titles like "mom," "brother," "sister," or "dad." People outside of the immediate family also get new titles when a child becomes an official part of our family.
With each adoption has come the bestowing of the title "Godfather" and "Godmother." Now, I've said in previous posts that my family is not very religious. We've all been raised learning about both my mom's religion and my dad's religion, but have kind of created our own mixed religion in our house. We don't go to church or temple, but we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. We've learned about the significance of Easter and Passover, but don't celebrate in a real religious way. So why would we have Godparents?
The truth is that in our family, the title of "Godparent" is more of a way to honor someone and say that they're special to us. I was the only child who was actually baptized and given official Godparents in the eyes of the church. With everyone else, we've just made a big deal over who the Godparents are for each child, and seen special connections grow between child and Godparents. Like my mom's best friend and her husband, who are my sister's Godparents... my sister gets a kick out of hearing us say things like, "It's Father's Day, do you want to call your Godfather?"
Adoption days are really special for our immediate family, but they also mean a lot to extended family and friends. These days mean that a child is part of our forever family, and that there is one more Krigsman kid for everyone to love. Godparents are a special part of the family, and it's nice to see my parents take their time in choosing a Godfather and Godmother for each of my siblings when they become an official Krigsman.
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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.