So, my family and I have had the opportunity to provide a new perspective to a teen girl who was getting into a lot of trouble at home, and her parents didn’t know what to do with her anymore.  So, Social Services called us up and asked us if we would take her for a few days, as a punishment for what she had done.  My parents prayed about it and we said ‘Yes’ and so she came over.

Well, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t live a life that is normal to most teenagers.  We get up [fairly] early in the morning, and go to bed [relatively] early (sometimes…. :-\ :P).  So when mom told her we’d be getting up at 7 the next morning, I thought her eyes were going to bug out of her head.  Lol!  😀  But she coped exceptionally well.  We went to bed around 10 that night, got up the next morning and worked outside all morning, came in for lunch, and then headed back outside in the afternoon.  The next day (Wednesday) we went up to a stable called “Miracles on Hoof” that works with people with disabilities and horses to help them build their strength and stuff.  So anyway, we spent most of the day up there, walking next to the patients who were riding, and standing by the edges of the arena, watching for anyone who might be starting to have a seizure.  That was tons of fun, and our friend really seemed to enjoy herself, too.

Once we got home, we had to grab Danielle’s dog and head into town for her obedience class.  So, our friend, T, and I drove over to Wal-Mart and did our shopping while Mom and Danielle were in class.  The time we were shopping gave me a great chance to have some good conversations with her about why she had to suffer the consequences for her actions.  It seemed to go pretty well, from what I can tell.

But I also got a different perspective – I have a really awesome family…my parents have been married for 23 years, and my sister and I both have the same set of parents who care about us, and take the time to spend with us.

So, while at first I was pretty sure this whole foster parent thing was a bad idea…now I’m not so sure.  I really love being able to help other teens out.  🙂  (the only downside is that I’m starting to feel older and older the more I hang out with kids my own generation…it seems like they’re all younger than me!  :o)

Well, it’s getting late, and this post has been pretty long…so, I guess I’ll sign out.  🙂

God Bless,
~ Jacki

P.S.  Alex P. L. (Reb) I found my draft finally.  😀  So…there’s another one coming soon that probably even better.  😛

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