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One Year With R2D2 – Another Fostering Update
Wow, here we are. I can’t believe that today marks one year that R2D2 has been with us!
This is the longest we’ve ever had a placement and truth be told: we’re pretty attached to him.
The last year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, mainly because we have no idea what is going on with R2 in regards to how long he will be in our home. It feels like we just wrap our minds around one idea (like him staying or him going home soon) and then it changes.
A couple of weeks ago I figured he would probably be out of our home by the end of February.
Then that all changed when his sister, BB8, came to live with us.
Since I shared a mini update last week we’ve had a little bit more of an update.
There are a few different “options” floating around out there:
- BB8 goes home in about a week. (This would be the ministry’s ideal)
- BB8 goes home in about two weeks.
- BB8 AND R2D2 go home in about two weeks. (This is a possibility, the ministry may decide that if it’s safe enough for BB8 than it’s safe enough for R2.)
- BB8 goes home in two weeks like #2 above and then R2D2 stay another couple of months for things to get into a routine before he joins BB8 at home. (This is the one their social worker is pushing for.)
That all being said, this depends on things “going according to plan”. There are people involved in this plan and if they don’t follow the necessary steps or things go downhill in some way this could totally change. In that case their would be a fifth option:
5. BB8 and R2D2 are here long term. (This is the last resort, the ministry’s goal is always reunification.)
Fostering has been a growing experience for our family in the last year and a half.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s something we are particular good at nor do we feel like God has called us to it.
We are doing it simply because we see a need and we have the space.
I don’t think a person needs to feel called to foster. The Bible tells us time and time again to look after the orphans and fatherless, if we are Christians we should be doing that in some way.
It’s not something that’s a calling, it’s already been commanded.
That all being said. If R2 and BB8 end up leaving our home I’m not sure what we will do.
After we saw Buzz and Woody go home so suddenly and then end up back in care a couple months later we’re actually leaning towards taking a break for a few months so that incase R2 and BB8 end up back in care we can take them back right away.
That all being said, we really have no idea what the future holds. But whether or not we have another foster placement we’ve already said, if these two go home and then end up back in care, there will always be a place for them in our home.
Or they may be here for years. Only God knows and only time will tell!
P.S. I’m planning on sending out my first personal newsletter in a long time, hopefully today if life and babies allow. At this point I’m hoping to send one out every three months or so and then maybe increase it to once a month when we don’t have an under one year old in our home. If you want to get the newsletter, sign up here.