It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Hosting Day 17

Road trip to Michigan!
It's our first road trip as a family! 

(Day 1 of Trip)

You would have thought we left at 3am....nope 7:30. This is just a van load of non-morning people! 
We drove through a few hours of sleet and freezing rain making our trip a little longer than expected. 

Our first stop was the Doran Family, who were the girls host family this past summer.  It was important for them to have time together. The girls needed to see that they have people who love them ALWAYS.   Having family connections and old friends with shared happy memories are things we take for granted; Things we need to intentionally create for N1and N2. The Dorans hold memories, experiences, love, and connection for our girls especially N1. Even so the girls were a little tentative when we got there. I have experienced this before as a foster parent: figuring out if it is ok to love more than one person in a role (even if that role changes) and if that is ok with each of them. It is tricky to explain...weren't created to love in this way. It takes time, understanding, time,contemplations, conversations, hugs, explanations, time, practice, and time. Did I mention time? 

Speaking of history, the girls have their heights recorded on the pantry door alongside the other family members. N1 was the same height but N2 grew over an inch! 

After the Dorans, we headed to some dear friends. They have been some of our biggest supporters in every aspect of this process. When we arrived their two youngest children each presented us with a donation. How wonderful to have kids with such giving hearts!

Jojo missed this guy! 

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