I always make a point of never making the children feel like they have to be grateful, because they shouldn’t be. It’s a child’s right to have a fantastic life so they should never feel the need to thank me. When people think of foster care they think of these damaged children but they don’t see the beautiful moments they’re going to have and the family bond that will grow. There’s a lot of special moments and a lot of laughter. Every single one of them have contact with extended family and they’ve now become our family. Our family tree, I don’t even know where it goes anymore.
We aren’t special, we have the same things happen in our family as other families, just on a bigger scale. We fail every single day, so we are just very much normal parents and we’re still learning, we never stop learning. I’m so proud of the people my kids are becoming. They’re so kind. They’ve got such a strong bond with each other. Even though they’re all from different families the way they are with each other, you know they’re from our family. They’re not lucky to have us, it’s us who are the lucky ones because they’ve made our lives whole.
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