Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
When you're growing up in a family where children are always coming and going, you're always watching kids grow up beginning at different times. You miss out on the beginning of lives, or you only see the first few months of a baby's start in the world.
My brothers and sisters all came to live with us at different stages of life. One was four years old, one was just shy of three, and one had just turned two. We didn't get to experience the beginning of their lives, and while most times it doesn't make a difference because they've been in our lives for the most important milestones and the majority of their lives.
That being said, it has been really nice to see my littlest sisters grow up. They've been with us since they were three months old, right out of the hospital. It's the first time that I've gotten to see babies grow into little people, and it's amazing to see the way they are changing as they get older.
When the girls were learning how to talk, they couldn't say my name. For some reason, instead of saying "Taylor," they started calling me "Yaya." The name stuck, and they've grown into little five year olds who had to learn that the letter "T" (which they know my name starts with) does not say the "ya" sound. I love the name that my little sisters bestowed upon me, but much like the nickname my little brother called me ("T.T."), I know that the name will probably phase out as the girls grow up. Unfortunately, I think that this is beginning to phase out now. Every once in a while, one of the girls will call me by my real name. It happened just the other day, even though it hadn't happened in a while. It's kind of upsetting because it means that the girls are growing up. But I guess that's just one more milestone that needs to happen eventually.... I hope that "Yaya" isn't completely retired for a while though.
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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.