It is never easy, but With Love makes saying yes so much easier
It’s 10 p.m. and I’m in the middle of getting ready for bed when we receive a call – there is an 18-month-old girl needing a place for the night, maybe longer. How do you say no?
On a Tuesday, we got a call for preemie twins. They had been discharged the day before but were stuck in the hospital with no place to go. A quick call to my husband and we nervously say, “OK.”
Then there’s a call at 7 p.m. about two siblings getting discharged from the hospital. The 1- and 2-year-old may have to stay in a hotel unless we take them in. They have nowhere else to go.
This year alone, we’ve had six of these calls and said yes every time. Real children in our community who, when you say yes, show up at your doorstep – often with only the clothes on their back. They are sweet, scared and looking for a safe place to call home.
Fostering is hard. It is emotionally fatiguing and always a surprise. As foster parents, there is truly no way to prepare. You have a 2-year-old boy, then shortly after, a baby girl that barely weighs four pounds. With Love allows my family to say yes, knowing they will provide the items these children desperately need, so we are able to focus on helping the kids settle in our home. It feels like Christmas when a With Love delivery shows up. The kids receive clothes, toys, books, equipment – so many high-quality items chosen to meet their specific needs.
It is never easy, but With Love makes saying yes so much easier. Knowing you have someone partnering with you to care for this child makes all the difference. We are so thankful for this community who continues to support and serve all the sweet babies who truly do deserve safe and warm places to call home.
- Esther S