Episode 60: Garbage Bag Suitcases

This is the last episode of Season 3! 

We do a brief book review on ‘Garbage Bag Suitcase‘ by Shenandoah Chefalo. It’s a memoir of Shenandoah’s life – filled with difficult years with her mother and a man she thought was her father, and difficult years in foster care, and aging out of the system. This book is Heavy, and made Jihae feel a bit depressed for a day or two. BUT, it’s not all depressing.

Shenandoah shares her thoughts on how to improve the lives of kids in care, and they include boarding schools (like the Milton Hershey School and The Crossnore School), and fostering the whole family – mostly moms who are losing their kids to the system.

Another highlight of reading this memoir was seeing a successful woman who overcame the odds. The children in care are not doomed to be like their parents. Mental illness is not a definitive life sentence for the next generation, neither is drug addiction, or abuse, or any of the things that we are afraid that kids are ‘definitely’ going to be like.

Chris mentioned this teen, Hunter Beaton, from Texas who has started this company that provides great bags for children in foster care.

There are so many companies that you can support if you google ‘garbage bags for foster kids’ or look on social media.

The (Good) Word of the Day

Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

– Proverbs 16:24

Shenandoah had SO FEW people who spoke any words of hope or love to her in her first 20 years of life. We all need to speak words of kindness and hope to those around us – whether they are adults or children, whether they are foster kids, or kids you have borne.

Lightbulb Moments:

Yay for the Toronto Raptors making it to the NBA Finals for the first time in history!

Foster care and adoption are HARD! Waiting, not knowing, caring, saying bye – IT’S ALL HARD! But it’s all worth it! So, keep on keeping on fellow foster and adoptive friends.

Thanks SO MUCH for your support this season, friends! We will be back at the end of July with season 4!

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