Thursday, March 12, 2015

We Can Do It.

I just wanted to share a bit about our fostering journey.  It's funny because I really didn't give two thought about having Kai.  I had NO idea what I was getting into having our own children.  Now, we've been spending a year filling out paper work, being interviewed and attending classes to welcome a child into our home.  By the end of April (or sooner!), we will have everything finalized and it could happen at any time.  I won't be able to tell you when it happens, but over time I'll be able to share my thoughts on fostering.  We've been traveling this road for a while now so part of me is feeling like, `Come on! Let's get going on this!' and the other part is like, `Uh, I'm freaked out.'.

Today I went to a Foster Parent Education Group meeting.  I was the only `newbie' and the youngest one.  I've been feeling a bit insecure and nervous about how we would do as foster parents, but then, do you know what I realized?

Gary and I have a lot of experience with kids.
We are creative problem solvers.
We value routine.
We enjoy family time.
We appreciate activity and the outdoors.
We are patient.
We are loving.
We have supporters and pray-ers in our corner.
And you know what?

WE CAN DO THIS.  It won't be easy, and we'll all be stretched, but WE CAN DO THIS.

Team Chapman

PS If you are someone who prays, I would love for you to remember us and the special little one who will come into our home.


  1. Anonymous8:50 PM

    Will pray for sure! This is a great challenge/experience that you are embracing and I bet you will be changed in a positive way because of it. Even if your experience is difficult I pray that you will be encouraged by growth that you see in your own kids and in the child that you foster. Life is short and we have so much to give; a family is a huge gift that you can extend to others. I feel inspired by this leap of faith that you are taking. God knows who to place with you and that has to be a bit comforting too right? :)

    1. Yes Brianne, I do believe that God already knows who will be with us which is comforting!

  2. Will definitely remember you in my prayers. Such an amazing journey you guys are on!

  3. Louise, since you started blogging about the possibility of adoption and now fostering, there has been absolutely no doubt in my mind that your family wouldn't be a wonderful home for anybody to join. With caring hearts, determination, fun loving attitudes, adventuresome spirits, and like you said, a huge community of praying friends and family to support you, this child will be well taken care of in all aspects. May you all be blessed by this opportunity to serve.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Adrienne!

  4. Whoever ends up placed with your family is super lucky! You guys will be awesome.

  5. You are a perfect foster family! I love that you see all that you have to give. I believe you can do it!

  6. You guys are perfectly gifted for this. So proud of you and look forward to hearing how it goes. Will pray for you guys as you prepare for the one who's its way.