Last July we went from a family of 5 to a family of 6. Yesterday we went back to a family of 5 and it was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. Yet we are humbled and grateful that God chose us to be Jemmie’s family for this past year. She brought us so much joy, love and laughter (and challenges too!) We could not have imagined how much this journey with foster care could change us, make us grow, allow us to be stretched some days beyond our limits and other days fill our hearts to exploding. God’s timing is always perfect, and it is Him who we trust in now even when our hearts are aching as we know this was the right time for her to move on to hopefully her forever home. Looking back one year ago and seeing how much she has grown and learned to love and trust again is a truly wonderful thing. She has taught my girls to love freely, to give more, to laugh and be silly and she has shown Chris and I how to stretch and love even more. We prayed that we could show our girls love in action, to be the hands and feet of Jesus by loving those who have no one to love them and I think they understand it better now. She has blessed us, our church, our families, our school with her presence. She will forever have a piece of our hearts and I pray that we will always have a piece of hers. Please pray for us as we adapt back to a family of 5, for our girls that they handle this loss with love and acceptance and for Jemmie that she transitions smoothly to her new family and blesses them with all the life and love she did for us. Thank you always for your prayers and love for us. Love is an amazing thing, it is truly one of the only things we can give away and get more from back. If anyone has ever thought about foster care or adoption and God has put that inkling in your heart, go with it. It won’t be easy, but you will be blessed beyond measure, and He will give you all that you need every step of the way.