Monday, January 21, 2008

Remembering Last Winter

Today I was just remembering last winter in MN, the day after Valentine's day, we became legal guardians of Katie. I usually refer to her as our foster daughter, because it is easier for people to understand that, that understand legal guardianship, also what would you call her then, a "guardian daughter"? That just sounds silly.

Anyway, she came to live with us in February, 2007, while her mom was getting her life together. She was just five at the time, in kindergarten. I was scared at first to take her in, because I don't have any kids of my own, and was not that comfortable around kids. But I am so glad my husband and I went through that whole experience.

I found there is a big difference dealing with a kid in Sunday school, compared to one living with you. I didn't, for those couple of months have to worry what the "mom's rules" in her house were, because Katie was in our house and so on. I also figured out that I can be a mom, someday when that opportunity arises. It was so much fun having Katie around, teaching her things, loving her. Now that she is back with her mom, the only thing I can't stand is missing her and not knowing what is going on with her. Her mom cut off all contact the minute she came and picked her up. I just pray that God keeps her safe and that someday we will be able to see her and have contact with her again.

Thanks for reading my post, if you would like to comment click the word, "thought(s)" below this post. -Dawn

Added 01/27/08
I wish we could've adopted Katie, but it was not meant to be. I guess God has another plan. Now, since that experience, my husband and I are thinking of possibly trying to adopt a child.


  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog. That game that you told about sounds fun! I love making learning fun for the kids.

  2. Thanks! I got that one out of a book from the library. I wish I remembered what is was. If I find out I will let you know, it had tons of learning game ideas. Most of them take no special supplies.

  3. Thank you so much for participating in the adoption blog carnival. This was a great post to share! The carnival is now up and going so feel free to visit. Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for sharing your blog in the carnival--it is amazing how God brings special people into our lives!! I am also from the Twin Cities. . . and very thankful that it now seems to feel like Spring!! :0)

  5. I found your blog in the Blog Carnival and was really excited to see someone fostering in MN. We are in hte Twin Cities too.

  6. I imagine it would be VERY difficult to invest in that little girl's life as you did and not miss her terribly. I hope that God will bring your "forever family" to you very soon. Although it will never take the place of that first darling girl, I pray that the lessons you learned with her will help you be an even better parent with the next children who need you. God bless you!

  7. I'm sorry Katie's mom cut off all contact after picking her up. That's sad.

    Who knows, this may be the case when our foster daughter is returned to her parents. If so, I'll always wonder about and pray for this precious little girl.

    Take care!


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