“And sure enough even waiting will end…if you can just wait long enough.” -William Faulkner
I feel like those words seem to speak our lives recently. Waiting has become a part of our every day existence since we began this entire process to become foster parents. From waiting to the date of our first orientation, to waiting for our first training class (which got pushed back almost 3 weeks, meaning there was even MORE waiting), to finally waiting for our license to be approved, all of this waiting is honestly starting to drive me crazy. I had always heard that when becoming a foster parent be prepared for the unexpected to happen. What everyone seems to have also forgotten to mention was the fact that yes, things can change in a matter of seconds, but those seconds are probably going to take months or even years to get to! Needless to say, I think I need to start asking the Lord for some more patience!
Currently we are waiting on multiple things. We are STILL waiting on our license to be approved. We submitted it for initial approval 2 weeks ago and I’ve been obsessively checking my email ever since. Towards the end of last week I became so impatient with not hearing anything that I finally resorted to posting on a Foster Parent Facebook page that I am a part of. A person who works for ChildNet (the state’s licensing agency) is a part of the group and offered to check on our file for us. She let us know that the person assigned to review our file was working on another file but should have ours finished by Tuesday of this week. She estimated it would take about another week before final approval once we submitted it back to ChildNet with corrections. After waiting 2 weeks I wasn’t getting my hopes up for hearing anything today but I was pleasantly surprised when I got an email at around 5:30 stating she received our file back. She said she had a few minor changes that needed to be made and she would send it off for final approval, hopefully making our official license date sometime this week!
If everything continues in the direction it’s going it looks like we could have our first placement by this weekend! We are so grateful to have a group of people surrounding us as we venture these unknown waters. We wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without all the love and support from all of you.