I can’t believe myself but one year has passed since we become foster parents.
This is also my first post since November. I’ve stopped posting when our children moved in. I do not have any particular reason why I stopped blogging. Well, maybe a few 🙂 First of all I am not sure what I can write now: I am confined by confidentiality – I cannot just write about our boys. OK, there are ways to keep confidentiality and still share some thoughts with others but I wasn’t sure if I can do it. Secondly, our life has changed very much, time management is difficult. And on the top or bottom of reasons: I am lazy 🙂
I will try to summarise last 12 months of our life. In my previous post I wrote:
And how we feel about fostering now? Wow, that was the best decision we have made in our life!
Do I feel like back then, now? YES! It was the best decision! Our children brought so much to our life. I know that we both changed men now: more responsible, caring, more patient, punctual, more verbal and more advocating for us and children. I did not realise that I can be so persistent getting what we need. But more important we are happy, we wouldn’t change our family life whatsoever.
OK, I still didn’t write what went on for last 12 months 🙂
Boys moved in at the beginning of November 2015. From start, they all settled well. Only our Middle One had small doubts. We gave him a bit more attention and he quickly calm his stress down. My partner C. made sure that boys understood all rules and expectations. We made clear that we will respect them, listen to them and care as best we can; we expect just this same. Boys responded to the boundaries very well. They thrive on routines, small chores and playtime together. Days become weeks and we slowly get used to school runs, bigger shopping and lovely noise in the house.
Shortly our first Christmas together arrived. C. went totally “mental”: Boys ended up with 40 present each! They said that they had best Christmas ever. No surprise. Next: during winter school break we went to Devon for a week. We spent time on excursions and swimming in the massive hot tub.
After that time passed very quick. Summer holidays arrived. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go abroad as boys do not have the passports yet. Long story. Despite this, we had great summer.
After the long battle, we managed to move all three boys to local school. No more 3 hours of the school run per day! Boys walk to the school. They love it.
This is our year in 218 words 🙂