Want to Change a Life? Show up. Consistently.
Some days, I just long for a gentle sunrise awakening. Or a gentle rainfall. Or the routine sounds of my family rising. These are all the things I love. Adore. Expect.
My last two children are adopted. They were 6 and 7 when they came to bless our world. It’s been almost 5 years now so there is a familiar cadence to our lives.
It’s not this way for most foster children. Not at all. Not by a long shot.
Imagine having your world shattered by intense family trauma. All that you’ve known, (good or bad, at least it is your normal), comes crashing down in the middle of the night.
There are officers, case workers, and well-meaning kind adults, but your world spins and catapults you into completely unknown territory.
You are afraid.
You isolate yourself.
All familiarity is gone. And what’s worse is that it may never re-regulate for you. The ship may never upright again.
It happens every day. Several times a day. Each precious child needs shelter, safety, and an immense amount of understanding to help them through this storm.
Enter the Austin Angels. They are not the foster parent, but rather a support system for both the foster parent and consistent help for the foster child. They help provide piano lessons, little league uniforms, instruments, and lessons not provided by “the system.” They give Foster moms and dads things they need to survive: moral support, gifts, and an ear.
My adopted girls are blessed with a welcoming home and lots of support and constants in their world. This is seldom so for children of foster care. Some huge horrible event in their journey has rendered them homeless, floundering, in need of a safety net, and some kind of stability.
Their world is in pieces.
To those angels who do all they can to bring joy and consistency to their worlds, I say thank you. Even more, may you be blessed not only by the gift your hearts and lives give and by the doing itself, but abundantly beyond as well. May your example teach others to do the same.