Friday, August 12, 2011

3 weeks with 3 kids

As a lot of you know, our house has been busy lately.

Without going into too many details, we ended up taking in a couple foster children 3 weeks ago. In addition to our own little fireball, we have a little boy, "T", who is 20 months old, and his little sister, "B," who is 5 months old. Yep, that's 3 children under the age of 2. Sufficeth to say, we have our hands full...

...which would explain why I haven't blogged in a while.

To be honest, the first week and a half I shed many tears. Many. tears. Tears for me (because I was having a difficult time handling it all), tears for Megan (because she no longer had us to herself and was having a hard time), and tears for the new children in our home (for many, many reasons). My tears have since subsided, but I certainly do have moments where I want to hide in the basement until my husband gets home from work.

It has been quite an adjustement for me as a mother. I always knew that the day could come when my life would change. I always knew that one day I would go from a mother of one, to a mother or 3 or 4- without any notice. What I didn't always know was how hard it would be. I have struggled with many things, but it is getting easier as time goes on. And, as I'm sure happens with many other foster parents, by the time I get down a routine and actually enjoy every moment- the kids'll go home. But that's what foster care is all about: kids going home.

So, for a while, my husband and I will love 3 children instead of one. We now have 3 mouths to feed, 3 bodies to bathe, and 3 messes to clean up. But, more importantly, we have 3 children to hug, 3 minds to inspire, and 3 souls to love.


J, C, and E said...

Your outlook on life always impresses me Harmony! You always make it look so easy.

Raven said...

And those 3 children are infinitely blessed to be in your home. Good luck, friend. I know you don't like to hear it, but I think what you're doing is amazing, and hard, and great.

Amy said...

I'm struggling learning to be a mom for one! Way to go surviving 3! You're so awesome

Meikjn said...

I think that is so cool. I know some amazing stories from foster care. I hope that you can remember that those kids appreciate your hard work. they are not used to it.

Marcia said...

You are wonderful, Harmony! God bless you! You know, I thought that going from 1 to 2 kids was the VERY hardest of transitions for me in all my adding-children transitions. It was a lot to learn how to juggle. SO I can imagine how difficult it must be for you, along with the other stressors -- older children, their established problems, etc. But they are very very lucky to have you in their corner!