This past weekend, PJ and I were able to take advantage of a weird, wonderful part of fostering called respite care. The training requirements necessary for keeping foster kids overnight are, of course, crazy and really impossible for any friend or family member to fulfill, so we’re left with two options: never be away from our kids for more than 12 hours at a time, or leave them with another foster family who are strangers to us. We chose to leave the kids with strangers. Or, more accurately, our agency told us that we would be taking a break ASAP.
We dropped the kids off Friday morning with a very sweet, laid-back lady. God bless her—she and her husband keep up to TEN foster kids at a time. Yikes. We felt confident that our kids were in good hands. Don’t call us; we won’t call you! We promised to come back Sunday afternoon, and then we escaped away to blissful freedom! We headed straight to Oklahoma (across state lines!) to spend some quality time with our wonderful friends Chris and Jaimie. They have come to see us many times since we’ve had the kids, and we thought it was time for us to pick up one of the three hour drives! We had a great time talking nonstop with them, as always.
PJ and I came back to Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon for some time together. We did the craziest thing—decided to go to a movie 20 minutes before it started! And then we changed our plans for dinner, twice! I never appreciated the ability to be spontaneous until I had to become the world’s most structured person.
We relaxed until it was time to pick the kids up on Sunday afternoon. I think they had a great time! It was really nice to hear them say many times, “I missed you! I’m so glad to be home!” when we returned. I was glad to be back with them, although I really did enjoy a weekend free from “Mommy, I have to go POO POO right now!”
We’re back to our regular routine, although I think this might be only the second time since April that we have zero(!!!) CPS mandated appointments! We’re planning to enjoy the not-so-hectic week and hopefully get to meet our sweet niece that was born today!