We have been doing foster/adoption care since 1989 and have many periods of "swinging doors" - kids in and out in rapid secession. We kept boxes of clothes in the attic of every size and used them often.
We're not in one of those seasons now.
There are nine kids at home and all of them are permanent. The final group will be adopted in the next few months.
And then we will be done.
When we last filled up our home with adoptions it seemed like we were done.
They grew up and left - some to soar and some to crash and we were down to 4.
4 kids was just weird. We all felt it.
We ran the dishwasher a couple times a week and we fit in small cars and people actually invited us over for dinner.
Weird. And pretty much boring.
There was a call to fill the house - just one more time.
So by the time that Samuel (6) graduates we will have been in the kid business for 44 years.
I think we will be done with this group.
But I did drop off the last of the paper work to D.H.H.R. yesterday to keep our foster care license current - you know.....just in case.