Just a very quick update friends! So much has happened in the last 13 days. I took my first foster care placement just short of 2 weeks ago very late at night. Two brothers, 7 and 12. It has been very challenging but we have all survived so far. I believe things are beginning to turn a corner. Please pray for these boys, their parents, and me as we continue on this journey. THEY ARE WORTH IT! I have already learned a lot about children from hard places as well as challenges foster parents face. I see the pain in the children. I see their anger and their deep sadness. I see that they miss their parents terribly and even their dogs and cats. I see that they mourn because they can’t even tell their friends where they are. I see their anger. At present it may be directed toward me ,but I know. I know it is really anger at being awakened in the middle of the night to be taken to who -knows- where ,where they will be placed in a strange house with who- knows- who, not knowing if they will ever return home. I see their anxiety and triggers. I see the sheer TERROR that can erupt in the eyes of a 7 year old when he hears “If you boys don’t stop fighting, I’m going to have to separate you” – when, in his mind, “separate” means tear you apart from your brother! I understand just a taste now of the frustration of not being able to help. I know the incredibly strong desire to find the key that will help mend their hearts. I see. I know now. I know.