We're still watching home movies at our house, which is kind of a blessing in disguise. It's annoying that this is the only nighttime entertainment we have, since we still don't have cable, but it has really been so nice to relive all these old memories.
We had been painting this room in March 1997 in preparation to take in a "new kid" for the first time. Yes, I saw my reaction to expecting a new little brother or sister for the first time. It was a mix of ridiculous expectations (hoping the news would make my best friend stop crying all the time -- he was a bit of a crybaby back then, but I'm happy to report he's a very happy guy now ha ha) and excitement over the fact that I was going to be able to teach the new kid lots of stuff.
As we were sitting here watching this scene unfold, my mom explained that having me help with all of the details leading up to our first foster placement invested me in the journey. I never felt left out because I was part of the process every step of the way. My younger self looked so happy on that video; I wondered if I could get a sister who would go to "big kid" school with me, and I thought that we were going to roll over everyone because we were so excited (because who doesn't start rolling over others when they're overjoyed?).
I think that it's really important to include kids in the steps to prepare for a new foster child, especially when you're just staring on your foster care journey. I don't ever remember feeling jealous of bothered by new kids coming into our home because my parents always included me in the process. I was never surprised by anything (unless you could the text my mom sent me when my last foster sister arrived -- surprise, meet your new sister!), so I was always ready for whatever came my way. Including kids makes a huge difference.
I only have three days to reach my goal of 150 likes on my Facebook author page by the time I'm celebrating a year of blogging on July 29th. I'm not so sure that I'm going to reach my goal in time, but I still would like to gain likes for my page at any rate. I need 38 people to hit that "like" button before I can reach 150, and I would be really grateful to everyone if you could like and share my page. It's as simple as clicking the two buttons at the top right of any blog page here, so it only takes a few seconds of your time! As I've mentioned before, when I reach 150 likes, I will share information about the novel that I've been working on, so I'm really excited to hit that milestone!
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