We enjoyed some time of basic balance.
Like when you’re matched with someone of equal weight
On a teeter-totter.
But soon we learned that Alice’s father had cancer.
Colon cancer – very aggressive.
She took the children and moved in with her mom to help.
He made it through surgery, but something went wrong
And he ended up in a coma.
For six weeks Alice managed her father’s illness,
Advocating for him while caring for Sarah and Grace.
I came up on Sunday nights and stayed through Tuesdays,
The pastor’s version of a weekend.
It was winter time and the storms blew strong,
But we weathered them together, traveling the distance.
They discovered his chemo had induced the coma.
With time and physical therapy, he got better.
Alice and the girls returned home,
Eager for Spring, looking for new life.
Alice wanted more children.
It was her calling, to be a mom.
We became foster parents.
Shortly after being approved, we got a call.
Two sisters 5 and 9 needed a place to stay.
Jessie and Elena became part of our family.
They were with us over a year before
They found a permanent home.
Life was good.
God was in heaven,
And all seemed right with the world.
But I longed for more.
The story begins…
The story continues…
image “Teeter-totter” from Amy Fairbank in Andrew McMahon/Jack’s Mannequin/Something Corporate