Support Systems

Everyone loves a good success story. We get to see someone triumph. We see them overcome adversity, beat the odds, and defy the critics. But often times,  people that help them get there are somewhat forgotten. What if support systems and people behind the scenes were the stars?

I’m not saying that people in the spotlight should be sent to the shadows. What I’m saying is something I’ve taken notice to for quite some time. Do you ever watch award shows? We always see who won best actor and actress awards. We always see what show won best drama or comedy. What we don’t see is who won the music production awards, who won best lighting, or even best writing. These happen during commercial breaks. But these unsung heroes are critical to success.

Ok, that’s a long way to get where I’m trying to go.  Our foster classes have helped to highlight the importance of having a support group. None of us can do anything alone. It doesn’t matter how how much talent you have if no one is behind you rooting you on. Listen to any award acceptance speech and they’ll likely be thanking their parents (among many others)…because support is just that important.

The people around us can either help us achieve goals or completely smash our dreams to bits. If you think about it long  enough you’ll be able to pinpoint times of your life where someone did one or the other.

So I charge you with this: be someone’s hope. Be the encouragement they need. Be the light in their darkness. Be the shoulder they can cry on. Be the super star that’s behind the scenes but makes the whole thing just work. Then watch them shine and be happy of their success.

Be kind to each other 🙂

~J

After 8 Weeks…

Well, our journey to foster is going well. We are definitely being tested though. Getting the room ready has financially strained us, emotionally challenged us, and physically wore us down. We are getting more excited with each week though that we will soon have a huge impact on someone in a very positive way. We have also made some friends in this process.

The classes have been great so far as well. We’ve learned a lot about parenting and ourselves. My wife and I have much to discuss. House rules, kid rules, parent rules, boundaries, schedules, foods, and other decisions that we kind of took for granted in not having any kids.

One thing we spoke of last night was what we were each a little apprehensive about. For me, to be honest (which is always so dangerous), my apprehension stems from a little bit of selfishness. I have no worries about meeting the birth parents, but what I feel like might bug me is the weekly visit of the kids to their parents. I thought…ugh…something else to add to the schedule. But, I’m thinking this isn’t going to be so bad, plus, it’ll get me out of the house. Silver lining people, that’s what I’m about.

Also, we can tell that we’re spiritually being attacked too. The bunk bed we bought came in….with less than half the parts. So that’s on its way back to Amazon. Also, we needed to replace all the sinks in the bathroom. That’s going ok…but there’s been some hiccups that are making it annoying. My car battery died, that’s a fun unexpected expense. Misty’s key fob batteries are dying and her car doesn’t like that at all. Also, did you know that Fire Alarms expire? Yeah, they do every 7 to 10 years. So new ones of those will be on order. But we’ll get through all of this and God’s on our side so I am not worried. 

I enjoy writing and blogging and this will be a great way for me to get back to it. We could use your prayers and thoughts and thank you in advance for those. Till next time. 🙂

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