Our hearts grew threefold

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h e a r t, to foster love

Since December, our home has changed a bit. A few weeks after being licensed for foster care we received a call asking if we’d be willing to stretch our age range to take a group of three kiddos. We took the weekend to pray and discern and to finally just jump right into parenting!

We’ve been challenged and snuggled and loved on by these sweet littles, and it’s been an insane journey thus far.

The simple daily moments are quickly becoming my favorite. Having these littles around is causing me to slow down and focus on people rather than tasks. I’m soaking in the tiny details and young curiosity.

It also causes me to question if I was ever this annoying as a child. And of course I was. I feel the need to apologize to moms everywhere

The kids are learning about why it’s important to let babies cry and self sooth at bed time, how to ask rather than demand, whose actions they can control, and appropriate responses to anger.

When sharing an important lesson with a child, I’m reminded of how simple some of our adult problems really are if we don’t overthink it and complicate it, like our little lesson in Ikea:

When one child knocked something over he jokingly got up and darted away yelling, “run, run, run!”

“It’s okay when you make a mistake. You need to own up to it and do what you can to make it right.” Needless to say, he picked up the watering can. He might not think it was big, but it’s something I’m hoping will stick with him.

In reality, these lessons are bigger for me. They’re important reminders about how I can interact with others and how I can parent well. That includes admitting my own mistakes.

We’re continually growing and learning

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We are Haley and James Earley, a family of two established on October 11, 2014 in our hometown of Rochester, MN and now living in St. Paul, MN. We are dog-lovers, coffee addicts, tree-huggers, balance-seekers, community-livers, and new foster parents. We live in a house of three adults, three dogs, and our sweet foster kiddos. We desire to slow down in this fast-paced world in order to pursue intentional community as we seek after the heart of God. We're just one couple trying to figure out this whole living life thing.

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