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Being the oldest of six (currently seven) kids can be the best thing in the world, but it can also be a pain in the butt. Or maybe I should say I pain in the head… Today we had a wonderful day out with the whole family, hanging out with friends again, and really enjoying the beautiful summer day. I absolutely love watching my siblings have fun while we’re out, especially watching my youngest sisters learning how to swim. However, being around so many people can really give you a headache.
I had one of the worst headaches ever at the end of the night… You know the kind of headache where you just want to curl up into a ball and sleep until the next century? Yeah, it was one of those headaches… So of course when you have little brothers and sisters ranging from 2-19, plus two of their friends ages 2 and 5, your headache is bound to get even worse. Between the screaming, whines of not wanting to clean up and go home, and cries of being tired, the throbbing in my head continually worsened. It was a rough night.
But what makes me feel better than anything in the world? Those same little four-year-old and two-year-old faces looking up at me and asking if I’m feeling alright, and giving me hugs to make me feel better. Those are the moments that make me realize that it doesn’t matter how bad I feel at times, because I’ll always have siblings to brighten my day and make me feel great again. That’s the feeling that I get from doing foster care and meeting such incredible kids.
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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.