Thursday, May 15, 2008

Welcome to the family..............

It is true, I have not posted much lately. Mostly, this was due to Colin's prolonged absence during his training, but the past few days, it has been about some impending additions to our family.

The Burmese foster care program had been delayed. So, although we became licensed foster family, due the uncertainty, we weren't anticipating a placement any time soon. So in the meantime, our adoption network had led us to hosting a foreign exchange student from China. Her name is Sunny and she is due to arrive in August to attend our local high school. We are very excited to have her stay with us.

In the meantime, in the past couple of days, we were called by our foster agency. The first question they asked me was how many foster children can you handle? The answer........only one at this time. Gulp.....only one. So we don't know exactly when he is arriving (but probably fairly soon), we do know that he is 16 years old and speaks little or no English. The recent Cyclone in Myanmar has created an urgent need to place the existing children in the refugee resettlement program. This has led to an urgent need in our family to spring clean, reorganize and reallocate the toys in our house. The kids just lost their private playroom but it was successfully integrated into our Rec room and they are actually really excited about it. Thank goodness we have five bedrooms in our house, and it seems we need every one of them.

Things are going to get very interesting around here.......... :) as if they weren't interesting enough....ha, ha, ha, ha....................


At 12:20 AM, Blogger The Beetner Family said...

You guys are amazingly generous. We hosted an Chinese exchange student during our wait for Molly and it was wonderful. We still stay in touch and we actually got to see her again when we were in China and meet her Mom and have them meet Molly. You will have a great time.
Fantastic what you are doing for the Burmese boy too. I think our act of charity will be to not subject anyone to the craziness that is our house!

At 6:38 PM, Blogger mama d said...

wow. WOW! wow. You are truly amazing and generous and kind.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Kimber and Chris said...

How long will sunny be staying with you? This is just awesome and amazing news. I cannot wait to follow along and read all about your expanding family...
Will we still be seeing you this summer now???

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

Wow- two toddlers and two teens. You are great. We are interested in the foster care program. I have not been able to get anybody to call me back.
Could you pass on a phone number.
my computer crashed- my new email is

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Samantha said...

I sure hope you still have time to blog! You are amazing! I can't wait to hear all about it!


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