Episode 61: How To Rest Between Foster Placements

September 3, 2019

Season 4 is here, full of foster care resources, and we are so excited to bring you 20 brand new episodes! 

This week we talk about what our insane summer looked like, as we took 8 weeks off of the podcast, and foster care! 

Go to a marriage retreat!

It started with a marriage retreat with Don and Renee Worcester, who we have mentioned before. They are an amazing couple who really connect with people, and can encourage them in such a profound way. You can learn more about them on their website. We will share more about what we learned in an episode dedicated to the retreat!

Go on a massive overseas trip with 4 kids!

Then we went to Thailand! But before that, we had to get new passports for 2 of our kids, because we lost their old ones (as in the new passports we renewed last year!) After countless phone calls to the national passport office, we went down to Tucson to visit the Western Passport Center, and you can go there too, to find out if you are eligible to get your passports made THAT DAY. You have to make an appointment and have all the correct documents. But these fine folks, who have my heart forever, were able to get us new passports – 12 hours before we left for Thailand!

Chris got upset with me during this episode for calling people ‘incompetent’, and now I owe him $1 for not speaking ‘Words of Life’ in our home. That’s a new thing we started in our home, to help combat negative self talk, as well as negative talk and thinking about others as well. 

Go on a work retreat to Cabo!

After Thailand, Chris and I went to Cabo, Mexico for a work retreat with Showit. Basically, Showit is the BEST website platform for photographers, creative entrepreneurs, small businesses, people who need websites. We are SO thankful to be a part of the Showit team, and so thankful that our team building exercises happened at an all-inclusive resort.

Go on a work trip to Minnesota!

Then I just got back from Minnesota this week (the day we recorded this podcast) after a work trip. We sponsored an event that was put on by Honeybook and the Rising Tide Society, and it was absolutely amazing. If you are a creative entrepreneur, you need to know about these two companies as well!  

We are officially back on the list, and we have placement for two sisters! Exactly what we asked for! BUT there was an issue with our license, and so we will probably get to meet them next week. Oh red tape in foster care! It happens though, and you have to make the best of it. So right now, we are resting, and doing whatever we can to prepare for their arrival!

And buy a 15 passenger van by accident…

We ended up buying a 15 passenger van (kinda by accident). This is one way that we are preparing for life with 9 people in the house, though I have no intentions of filling it…

The (Good) Word of the Day:

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16

This season, we are doing something new: we will talk about how we served or were served Because God loves to see sacrifice and service. Hopefully this will encourage all of us to find different ways to serve others around us, because that is the best form of self care out there! Serving others!

Find ways to rest and rejuvenate!

We hope you enjoy this episode was a helpful foster care resource for you. And we are so very thankful for all of you listeners! Obviously, this was not an actual antidote to resting between foster placements. But the point is that it is a good idea to rest! We never travel this much. But, this is what life gave us this season. Whatever gives you rest – do that in between foster placements. Maybe your break will be 1 day, 1 week, or one full season. You have to do what is right for you and your family!

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or if you need people in your village to support you through prayer and encouragement! We are here for YOU!

If you want to connect on Social Media:

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More foster care resources!

We think you will enjoy this great interview with Jason Johnson! And this fantastic interview with former foster youth – Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook.

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Episode 61: How To Rest Between Foster Placements


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