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HUGE life change

Friday, December 14, 2012

I did it. I was really, really brave. I knew I wanted something that would change every single molecule of my existence (and my husband's). And so with that intro...

We now have a 16-year-old foster boy living with us! OMG, right? It was like finding out you're pregnant and giving birth to a teenage boy in 5 days. Pretty much exactly like that without the physical birth part. It's by far the craziest thing I've ever done.

I know this young man - he was my CASA kid. I've had a relationship with him for almost two years. Still, changing this relationship to being a sort of parental role is a HUGE change. He's had a terrible time of it for pretty much his whole life, so navigating what he needs at this point to help him achieve the future he wants for himself is tricky. But we're making it work. And big bonus - he loves animals!

So my health...having him around has helped a lot. I was already on a good weight loss track. But now I have to prepare meals and not go out when I'm tired, be a positive role model eating-wise, and I am SUPER busy all day. Looking back at my page, I wanted to lose 60 pounds and have a family. I'm 14 pounds from that goal, and still plan to lose another 20 after I get there.

Well, what's my new goal? I already ran a few 5Ks and took in a foster youth. Stand up paddle boarding! I have a wetsuit, and I think I can fit into it now. So I want to do standup paddle boarding. Seems so...tame...
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  • v FEISTYOWL
    Super exciting!! Have fun with parenting. My oldest is 16 and just got her license - I think the worry alone induces weight loss! :)
    1315 days ago
  • v WISHICOULDFLY
    emoticon Heather, I am SO EXCITED for you. I know you have wanted this for so long. Things have finally fallen into place for you. I am delighted to hear that you have really improved your weight/health so you will now have the energy it takes to step into your new role as parent of a TEENAGER. emoticon

    You have so much to give and now you will be able to do exactly what you have been “training” for. I think it is especially helpful that you KNOW him already, so you are going to be way ahead of the game in anticipating his needs since you have some of his background and a history together. It is a particularly nice fit for you and your hubby since is loves animals. They will also play a key role in teaching him about trust and helping him to heal.

    I am so happy for you all! May you have a wonderful Christmas together! emoticon -Connie

    1317 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/14/2012 6:43:05 PM
  • v PEWTERBUNNY
    Yay!! That's so awesome. It's always good to shake things up. You're really going to make a difference in that young man's life and you in tun will benefit as well. I'm proud of you. Have a great weekend. emoticon
    1318 days ago
  • v SATCHMO99
    Wow, what a fantastic thing you've done! Getting teenagers into a foster family is the hardest thing, as they are usually hurting big style, add teen-hormones to the mix and that's hard to handle. Body surfing will be a doddle after that. It sounds to me like you were getting fit enough to foster? Awesome.

    1318 days ago
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    1318 days ago
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