Two years ago I worked three ten(nish) hour days a week at my nursing job. Four days a week I usually took a nap because I had nothing pressing to do. Not to mention that I LOVE naps.
Now I am working PRN (as needed, pre-scheduled days) at nursing. I rarely have time to take a nap. And I am more tired and busier than ever.
The fact that I had nothing pressing to do two years ago was really a problem for me. I like to have something pressing to do (well, to a degree!). I like to feel that I am making a positive difference in the world.
That’s how I ended up becoming a foster parent. It was a long process, because I had to figure it out first. I knew I wanted to do something to help people, but it took awhile before I figured out that I wanted to try fostering.
Once I figured it out, my husband and I had to decide on what ages we would be willing to foster. We felt like we could really help older children and teens, who are harder to place in foster homes. Most people want to foster (and/or adopt) younger children. We have raised three children and made it through their teen years, so we have learned a lot.
I began doing some research about fostering teens. I filled out a couple of online forms, and I ended up being contacted by an agency that specializes in case management of children with severe behavioral and emotional needs. And that is how we became foster parents of elevated needs children.
Needless to say, the last two years have seen an enormous change in our lives. But it’s been a change for the better. Now I wake up and I feel a sense of purpose each and every single day, whether I’m working at my nursing job or just at home for the day. Because either way, I have some important things to do!