[A Safe Families for Children Write-Up] My husband and I began hosting with Safe Families for Children in 2013. Six years of hosting means we've had a variety of little ones come and go. Some hosting needs were easy to say yes to. But in full transparency, some were harder. We are, in … Continue reading Sharing a Home for the Holidays
We heard her before we saw her, a high squeal echoing across the parking lot. It is a universal motherhood truth that if you go any length of time without seeing your child, they will insist on rapidly growing during that period. It's just a guarantee. The five weeks they spent apart turned her little … Continue reading When They Reunite
I am a guest blogger today for the amazing Lori Harris as part of her "What She's Doing Now" series. Lori is an inspirational woman who lives out Biblical Hospitality daily. Stop over and say hello....you're really gonna like her! http://loriharris.me/2016/02/16/what-shes-doing-now-jesika-knight/ Until the next blog...be blessed!
Tomorrow marks 4 months since we picked up our current little house guest, baby R. She is our 21st hosting (CRAZY!) in the almost 3 years we have been with Safe Families. Our time as her host family is coming to a close and we are so excited about watching this family reunify! We are … Continue reading Hosting #21
To read the first part of this two part series, click here: Rescued (part 1) Leah was like every other newborn baby. Fabulously chubby cheeks, tiny little toes. There were diaper changes and bottles. There was very little sleep. Pushing through the exhaustion and loving on this brand new life who was starting fresh in … Continue reading Rescued (part 2)
I have waited to write this blogpost out of respect for the Mommy we hosted for who valued privacy. It's a long story so I will be sharing it as a series, part 1 today....part 2 tomorrow (or later this week...we've currently got a different little houseguest in our home and I'm working around her schedule!) I … Continue reading Rescued (part 1)…
It's 4:00 a.m. and she cries. I stumble out of bed and prepare her bottle with eyes half closed. I'm not a morning person, but I find myself smirking at the sight of her sweet happy face. We sit for the bottle and I stare. All I see is her Mom. Bravery. Strength. Resilience. All … Continue reading What it means to host
A year ago today, a tiny little girl with blonde hair and freckles on her nose, looked me in the eyes and said "My Mommy is far away. Are you my new Mommy now?" We had been with Safe Families for close to a year at that point, but it didn't matter. I wasn't prepared … Continue reading The Hard Yes
The guttural voice she pushed out between sobs will stay with me forever. Her words echoing in my mind throughout the day. I will be changing his diaper or carrying him on my hip and I will hear it again. "Please....please, just take care of my son." So much finality in her words. The heaviness is not … Continue reading Her Call
This Summer will mark 2 years since we started our journey with Safe Families. There's a folder on my computer full of pictures of the little faces that have come and gone. From time to time, I'll open that folder and pray for those little faces. Some of them I will likely never hear from … Continue reading But isn’t it hard to let them go?!