Advice to a new mother from a seasoned mother....

When you find out you're pregnant, everyone has advice for you. From the stranger on social media to the nosy lady in the grocery isle, everyone is an expert parent and knows it all, and I mean, it all. ::insert eye roll::

As a 3rd time mother, I do not know it all. I will not even pretend to know it all. I am practically winging it. Everyday. Go with the flow. My sad attempt to organize chaos is laughable, but it works for me. And with that being said, here is my advice for you. Take it or leave it. Well actually, just file it.

*Read it all. And I mean IT ALL. Read all the books, talk to all the people and research all the things. You will never know when that little piece of advice or passage in that book will save your sanity and just click. It will take you days to get used to motherhood and once you finally feel like you've got it under control, it will flip on you. I swear it. Ask any mother. That's where that advice that you stored in your brain filing cabinet comes in handy. Pull it out and give it a try.

*4th Trimester- Read this one. File it for later. Trust me. Ever wish you could get inside your newborns head to find out what the heck is going on in there? DING DING!

*Do not say, "I will never..."  insert something ridiculous, like you wont make different meals for supper time OR hand your toddler a tablet. Because you will. You will do whatever you say you wont do. Its like the universe hears you and makes notes. Seriously. File that shit.

*You will lose your shit. You will say "Oh my gosh, that's awful. Ill never do that again." You will. We are human. We have limits. You will hand the baby over to your significant other and go in the bathroom, lock the door, sit in the floor with your fingers in your ears and think "I am awful." Let me go ahead and tell you, you are not. Bad moms don't think they are bad. :) Crazy people don't think they are crazy. See how that works? Its okay to be overwhelmed and sleep deprived. Its okay to grieve your life before kids. Its okay to want to bang your head against the wall sometimes, just not all the time. (However, if you feel like this all of the time please talk to someone. Postpartum depression is real and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Talking through it and identifying it can help, as well as a low dose anxiety/depression medication. Take care of yourself so you can care for baby.)

You will hear things like:

"Don't spoil that baby by holding him all day!" -Impossible to spoil a newborn baby. They cry because they need you, whether that's to nurse, cuddle or diaper change. Read this!
"Formula is just as good as breast milk." Nope. Not so much. We are glad formula is there as an alternative but when available, breast milk is better for baby. Read this!
"Give that baby some cereal in his bottle and he will sleep all night, I did that for you and you turned out just fine." Nope. New research states that is no longer true with today's formula and not needed at all with breast milk. Read this!
"Just let him cry it out. No baby has ever been harmed by crying for a little while." Wrong again. Babys who Cry It Out (CIO) do eventually stop cry. Why? Because they know that no matter how much they cry, those needs will not be met. Scientific research. Read this!
"Turn that baby forward facing in the car and he will stop crying!" ACK! No! Extended rear facing is a thing y'all. Read this!

I don't know about y'all but I am sure glad that there are Scientist's that actually research things that are best for our babies. Every mother is different just as every baby is different. What works for one family may not work for another, and that's okay. Read and research your decisions. Even talk to other moms about what they do and don't do. Online mom groups are so popular right now. But whatever decisions you make for your family, make sure they are informed decisions. You are going to be tired and you are going to be overwhelmed. Don't make any decisions based off one bad day. Read and research. There is some good stuff out there y'all!

And last but not least... #YouDoYOUBooBoo

Organizer of Chaos: How I plan our life with my EC Lifeplanner.

I love colorful things. I always have since being introduced to Lisa Frank when I was around 8 years old. I have attempted to use planners in the past but life just wasn't that busy. I started thinking when I was near the end of my pregnancy with Bear that maybe, just maybe, life would be a tad crazy enough to attempt using a planner again. (If you are chuckling to yourself right now, you aren't the only one.)

I first though about all the stuff that I needed to remember... birth days, anniversaries, school functions, work and foster care meetings, baseball practices... just to name a few. Then I thought a little further... meal planning, grocery list, cleaning schedule, vacation spots, finances/budgets, goals for the coming year... Man, Ive got a lot to write down in my planner

 The price is totally justifiable. To use it to its full capability, I have crammed all these things into my trusty EC Lifeplanner. I have stickers and colorful pens to help decorate it so that even my cleaning schedule looks fun!

With the EC Lifeplanner, the front and back covers are interchangeable. If your like me, you will want to change them with your mood, which is several times a day. Not really. But kind of. They come with functioning stickers, a few note and grid pages, coloring pages, folders, dry erase area on the front and back cover. You can choose between an hourly, horizontal or vertical layout. As you can see, I choose the vertical layout. It took me a while to decide what would go in each box... I went from PC Job, LuLaRoe, Family.... to PC Job, to dos, Family and then finally settled in on Morning, Afternoon and Evening (As you can see). It works for me :) I tend to write everything down in pencil or on a post it note and then pen it in closer to time along with slapping a few stickers on there :)
Tiny snap in insert of post its :)

Purple pocket for notes.

Coloring pages!

Functional stickers and inspirational quotes throughout the planner. 

Functional stickers

Cleaning schedule: If I give my self daily to dos (besides the norm) when it comes to cleaning, I won't do them. Some days I just feel lazy and others I want to clean the entire house. So I made a pretty and colorful cleaning schedule that is straight to the point. Easy peasy.

Camping/Hiking list: As you know, we love to go exploring but there is nothing worse than getting there and realizing you forgot the baby carrier. #ParentFail so this is where this camping/hiking packing list spread comes from. Its fun to look at too :)

Not shown: I have our monthly bills + income on another note page and my personal and work passwords on another.

Goals: We have decided that every year we are going to take a vacation. I know to some that's like, DUH, but to us its a huge deal. We have our vacation spots planned out (in our head) and soon on paper along with when we need to book rentals and start saving.

As you can see, I love my planner. It helps me stay organized, its fun to look at and planning is therapeutic. It so easy to make it your own by customizing it on their website and then making it work for you and your family. Ive seen some note pages with drawings of a book shelf and all the titles of the books they intend to read are written on there. The idea are endless. Check Pinterest!

**I also have this notebook that I purchased from Erin Condren for my breastfeeding counselor notes (research, class info etc) and for our foster care notes (caseworker names and phone numbers etc). To help keep it separate they have these dividers that you can customize! How cool is that!?

The Breastfeeding divider is a snap in add on.

Sticky pop in folder (Follow your bliss)

The Be Brave is a snap in divider!

Yes, that is a tiny insert of post its :) attached to the back cover that also is dry erase. 

In a nutshell, the reasons I plan is.... clear my head of all the mom things have an overview of all my task, events, appointments and goals be more productive and actually get stuff done

and because I love stationary and colorful pretties.

Click HERE to go to the website, make your own account and get $10 off your first purchase. You will NOT regret it! 
(This is NOT a sponsored post by EC. I just love my planner that much.)

Ramblings & Foster care

If you can't tell by now, I am a very inconsistent blogger. I feel as though I need to have something really good to say before I can write, but then the mood strikes and the kids don't get that same memo. I am unable to sit down without kids crawling on my head and then the mood is gone. Obviously. :Insert eye rolling emoji: However, I have lots of random stuff to say and a lot of thoughts to process so that's what this is going to be now. A true blog about our adventures as a family and our journey into foster care with kids in tow. I hope you enjoy, can laugh along with us and even shed a tear or two... because I am sure its coming.

Random #1:
Why I love social media. I am an introvert. I enjoy being at home with my front door open so I can see the sun. But don't take that as an invitation to stop by because unannounced visitors make my skin crawl. Well, not that dramatic but I don't have a good surprise face so you can read my feelings on any subject matter if you watch me closely. Maybe I shouldn't have just said that. Whoops. Oh well. Anyways, I enjoy being at home with my family in every sense. That is when I feel the most comfortable and can breath easy, when we are ALL together. I don't fancy going out to dinners, shopping or clubbing... I don't fancy the grocery store or group vacations with a bunch of people. Just me and the boys. Social media allows me to be open, honest and friends with a ton of people right from the comfort of my own phone. :) If I don't feel friendly, I don't have to even open my phone. If I need some encouragement, I know where to go. I am pretty sure I am much cooler online anyways so thank you, for being my online friend!

Random #2:
I LOVE my Erin Condren life planner. Please go check them out if you are a busy mom bee and like to write shit down. Seriously. Don't let the price scare you. I carry it everywhere with me, I write down everything and it keeps all my thoughts, to dos, appts, cleaning schedule, meal planning, practices, work schedule, passwords etc in one place. Its seriously a life saver. Here is my referral code for $10 off your first purchase HERE! (Pictures and blog post coming soon)

Random #3:
I finally made a command center in our kitchen. I bought a HUGE dry erase board to convert into a calendar but then I realized that I really do not trust myself to do that with permanent marker and we had one on the fridge anyways so we just dusted that one off! The dry erase board is for a quick jot down of our family to dos, grocery list, notes and reminders. We also have our meal planning dry erase board to the right so Ayden always knows what's for supper. (He is his papas grandson!) We have a cork board on the other wall in the kitchen for all school reminder for Ayden too. (Blog post and pictures coming soon)

Random #4:
We finally finished the boys play room. We have been talking about making them a playroom for years but we finally executed that plan after we closed the LuLaRoe chapter.. It's so fun and the boys love it! Detailed blog post and pictures coming soon!

Foster Care: Our journey so far.

I intended to update on this subject several times by now but the words seem to fail me and I cant figure out exactly what I want to write. So here it is, in its jumbled up glory.... Privacy is a huge thing in foster care, for obvious reasons. I have gone back and forth on being so open about our foster care journey because of that reason. You know our names, most know where we live and here I am posting all pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Is this really for the best? Is this going to cause issues to arise in the future? I have come to the conclusion that... we will take it one day at a time. We can not disclose children's identities, why they are in foster care, any information about the parents or their issues. We will not include any of that information at anytime, so please do not ask. What we can and will tell you is how we feel about he entire process. We will give you the ups and downs of foster care and how it is effecting us as parents, adults and as a family. We will tell you how it is effecting our kids. We will be open and honest. That's the whole point of this whole blog and my presence on social media... is to spread awareness about breastfeeding, baby wearing and foster care. To build a village of moms who just get it, who feel lost sometimes and need a break and to know that we aren't alone. We are never alone. This blog may not be for everyone, I'm not even a good writer but I am honest and I have things to say. The point of this blog is to document this journey for us and for you. Maybe we can reach a few hearts that feel like maybe they should be on this journey as well. Maybe we can give you some insight on how to help local foster families, if you can not become one.

So, our journey so far into foster care has been quite uneventful. The steps you have to take (which we have completed) are...
  • Contacted DFACS/Caseworker and filled out our application of intent (to become foster parents)
  • Initial online orientation to explain the basics
  • CPR certified.
  • General physical with drug screen and TB test
  • Copies of all important documents (birth certificates, car insurance, marriage certificate, pay stubs to prove you can pay for your life basically, immunization records..)
  • Proof that Darla the English bulldog has her rabies vaccine
  • Filled out the mountain of paper work from DFACS about our family, character references, childhood, parenting style etc
  • Completed the foster care classes (IMPACT) which was 5 classes over the course of 2.5 weeks.
  • Home study (Which is scheduled for 7/6/17) That is where the caseworker will come into our home and talk with us. She will ask us our parenting styles, interview the kids, make sure we actually have open beds and dresser draws for the approved number of kids we intend to take etc. She will take all of our completed paperwork along with her notes of our home study and submit them to the county director for approval. We could be approved by end of July yall.
How do I feel about all of that? Excited and terrified. Im excited that we are listening to our calling and heading into this journey. I am excited that we are almost there and we finished in a timely fashion. I am excited for the change this is going to mean for our family. I am terrified because it is happening. I am terrified because what if I cant do this? What if we get in over our heads? What if we learn something our hearts can not handle? What if What if What if What if......

I don't know why I keep saying this... "I am not a religious person" but I believe that He brought us to do this and He will provide. I didn't even realize that you were supposed to capitalize the H in He until recently. Bless my heart. But it has been shown to us already that things are falling into place seamlessly for this journey. I do believe I can handle this and because I believe that I know that the kids can too. I know our family can. I know that selfishly, we are doing this for our kids too. To help us grow as people, citizens, humans... to learn compassion and life lessons. We can do this as a family. Its going to be hard, really hard. We are going to have our hearts broken, we are going to cry and we are going to have meltdowns. All of us. But we can handle this, as a family. We will learn to grow, as a family. We will take each child, each YES!, and know we are embarking on a brand new adventure each time and making memories and learning lessons that will last a lifetime. We will welcome each child into our home and our hearts and not hold back. We will treat them and love them like our own until its time for them to return to their family and we will hope and pray that we made a positive impact on that child and their family that will last forever. #Thatisfostercare

We are doing this. We are becoming a foster family. Together, as a family. I hope you will follow along side us in this journey and throw words of encouragement our way any chance you get, consider it you doing your part in helping this broken system.

FAQ What is foster care?

I am going to start by saying that we do not know everything about foster care. Not even a little bit. However, we have come to the realization that foster care is a subject that many don't even know a little about, so we wanted to enlighten y'all that are interested. 

Foster care is a system in which a minor has been placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver, referred to as a "foster parent". The placement of the child is normally arranged through the government or a social service agency. (Wikipedia)

Children and youth enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and are unable to continue living safely with their families

The ultimate goal with foster care is always reunification with their birth family. Always. 

We know that the system is broken, I have read and heard it many times though we don't know first hand. Yet. We know that children and families slip through the cracks. We know that reunification is not always feasible or in the best interest of the child. When this is the case, that is when the child is placed up for adoption. Many people foster to adopt. Adoption is not our family's agenda. 

Adoption from the foster care system can happen in two ways. Foster adoption or fost-adopt, is a form of adoption in which a child is placed into a home as a foster child, with the expectation that the child will become legally free and be adopted by the foster, parents. Some children are not adopted by their foster parents. Their birthparents rights have been terminated, and they are legally free for adoption. (

Now that you have a little information about Foster Care, let us answer a few questions that we have received....

Frequently Asked Questions

Are y'all crazy?! Don't you all have enough children? Define "enough?" We have plenty of happy, healthy and stable children. We have plenty of love and patience left, so why not extend a piece of our heart for a child in need of a warm bed, a mothers love, a fathers shoulders to ride on and a few brothers to play with?

Where are you going to put it? Well, we will put "it" aka, a child, in a their own bed in the boys room. (Bear and Ramsey's room) They will have their own dresser with 4 whole drawers that will be filled with their own clothes. Our house may seem small to some, but we feel its actually perfect for us. It forces us to live simple, not hoard and to utilize every space we have. We are a close knit family and choose to hang together, not in separate rooms in different wings of the house. We also have cleaned out the old LuLaRoe room (aka dining room) and making it into a play room. The dining room, with 6 full chairs occupies our kitchen. See? We do have somewhere to sit and eat. 

Do we get to pick age/race/sex of the child? During our Home Study, the case manager will discuss with us our preference, how many we can care for at a time (taking our biological children in consideration) and the sex of the child. In the state of Georgia, different sex can not reside in the same bedroom once one of them turns 5. So, we are thinking all boys may be best because once Ramsey turns 5 he can not room with a female and most of y'all know, we do not have room for everyone to have their own rooms. Sorry for all those "The beggs need a girl" advocates. At this time in our life, we think fostering 1 child at a time, between the age of 0-4 would be best. We will re-evaluate our situation as needed. 

Do you have to accept every placement call you get? No, we do not. Now of course, we are not at this part yet so I can only go by what I've been told... but they will call us once a placement that fits our need/description is in need of a home. We are free to accept or decline. 

Who can become foster parents?
  • Must be at least ten (10) years older than the child to be placed and if single, be at least 25 years of age
  • Must complete a 2 hour orientation in the local county office or via the internet
  • Must successfully complete pre-service IMPACT Family Centered Practice training
  • Must complete a medical exam, finger print checks, as well as undergo both child welfare and criminal records checks/screenings. If you or any other adult household members (over age 18) have not been a resident of Georgia for a minimum of 5 years, you must be screened in the Child Abuse and Neglect registry of each state of prior residence
  • Must provide proof of current residence and financial stability

How do you become foster parents? (State of Georgia)

  • You call your local DFACS office and let them know you are interested. They will get you in touch with the right person with the right information. Now remember, you are dealing with the state so expect some delay and having to call back and check in. 
  • You will then attend an orientation at a DFACS office OR you can complete it online. Its pretty much general information about foster care and the different types of foster care, Respite care (Emergency short term placement) Foster care (regular/long term placement) Foster to Adopt (fostering with the intention of adopting). 
  • You will then do an array of things from meet a caseworker, get your mountain of paperwork to fill out about you (and your spouse) about you, your general information, your childhood (seriously) discipline preferences, your family. You will need to be certified in CPR, have a general medical exam to prove your physical and mental health, TB test, drug test etc. Make copies of your birth certificate, marriage license (if applicable), divorce papers (if applicable) vaccine records for you and everyone in your house, shot records for any animals, insurance cards and somewhere in there they will ask for financial papers. (To prove we can afford to take care of ourselves)
  • Complete IMPACT training. IMPACT stands for Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-Service Training, Assessment, Continuing Development and Teamwork. The curriculum focuses on the IV-B Core Competencies for Pre-Service Training; helps potential resource families to make an informed decision about their desire to resource parent, develops; enhances skills for parenting and nurturing children; and clarifies the resource parent’s role in the social service continuum.IMPACT consists of twenty (20) one-hour modules covering the following broad topic areas: The Fostering/Adopting Process; Emotional/Cognitive and Behavioral Implications in Fostering/Adopting; Sexuality and Sexual Orientation; Communication and Partnership; and Identity and Cultural Issues.  
  • Home study. This is where a DFACS worker (Caseworker or regional manager) will come into your home and stay for hourrrsssss. Seriously. They inspect your house to make sure it is deemed safe (Medications, cleaning supplies and fire arms locked up.) They make sure you have adequate space for the child(ren) and discuss with you your desired age group and disabilities/behavioral issues you are and are not willing to deal with. They sit down with the entire family and discuss your entire life and why you want to become a foster parent. They will even chat with all family members separately. They want to make sure they match you with children that will fit us best and make sure everyone is on the same page about foster care, what to expect and what is expected. 
Our family has called, met with the new district supervisor, scheduled our IMAPCT training (JUNE!) and have our HUGE binder of paperwork to fill out. We are thinking we will be approved September-ish. Depending on how long it takes you to complete your task and your caseworker to type up your info/home study, licensing usually takes around 6 months. After all that is completed, the caseworker turns it into her boss' boss and they look over it and hand it to the judge. Once its all approved, we will then become licensed foster parents. WOOHOO. Let the adventure begin. 

In all seriousness, and many of you can vouch for this because I have told you specifically... the calling to become foster parents is so overwhelming and reassuring. Overwhelming, because of the obvious reasons. Reassuring, because we know this is what we are supposed to do. This is the next adventure for our family. The only way I can explain this feeling is that I assume this is the feeling one gets when they pray about something and feel that call from God. That is my best explanation. 

I have sucked at motherhood....

by hustlin the wrong passion. 

I have steered too far off the beaten path of home cooked meals, checked homework and brushed teeth. I have, instead, picked up my phone too much, said "yeah, okay. Uh huh." and missed too many smiles. I haven't read a book for pure enjoyment in months nor have I actually watched, I mean really watched a Netflix series that BJ and I have picked out together. Maybe I have sucked at more than just motherhood. shit.

But today, TODAY, is a day of self realization of my suckiness and a day of change. The produce isle at Walmart better watch out, because this mama is coming back. My Pinterest boards are about to get some love and my recipe book will have some dust blown off of it. Errr, well. First on the grocery list... a recipe book. 

Ill go steal some paper from Aydens homework book and maybe even check it while I'm in there. #Score. #Winning

Rise of the Guardians: A foster family in the making.

Rise of the guardians

 The Beggs Bunch: A foster family in the making.

Our decision to foster: Why. 

Fostering children is something that we never had talked about before or during our early days of marriage. I am sure we've crossed paths with foster parents and children during our many adventures but it did not have a constant place in our lives. I honestly am not sure what made me think about it a few years ago. Maybe it was the "Foster homes needed!" signs I saw spread out in our little town or maybe something else entirely, but when I brought it to Bjs attention, he was not game. Not even a little bit. It took me days to get him to even agree to an orientation because he had many questions and concerns that I simply could not answer for him.... then we found out we were pregnant with Bear. To the back burner it went. (Spring 2015)

I do remember what sparked it this time though. I came into contact with a local foster mom by complete chance one day in February. She told me she was a foster mom and out came all my questions. She was so very sweet and open with me. I sat and listened to her rave about her experiences, good and bad, with a light in her eyes that was so inspiring. She then said the one thing that has bounced around in my head ever since.... "so many people say they could never do this. It would break their heart, but you know what? It isn't about me. It's about those children." And you know what? She is right. It's not about us. We are adults. They are children. We choose to become foster parents. They do not choose to become foster children. Orphans. They do not choose nor should they have to shoulder the burden they are forced to carry. But we can help. We can shoulder that burden for them. We are able. We are willing.

I am a firm believer in that things happen for a reason. We may not agree with that reason or even understand it, but I do believe it to be true. I believe that we all come to many many cross roads in our lives and the path we choose to take is our choice to make... I am a dreamer, if you haven't noticed. I come up with the craziest ideas and adventures and drag my family along for the ride. If you haven't noticed, my husband is a dreamer as well. These things alone should not surprise you in our decision to become a foster family.

What I hope... is that this journey will strengthen my compassion, my legacy as a mother and as a functioning human in our society, our community. I hope that it will restore my faith in God, because it has wavered a lot over the years and I think I may need Him. I hope that this will also instill compassion in our children. They will be exposed to these situations in their life and I want to be able to be there to walk them through the emotions and situations that we will encounter. I hope that it will strengthen their bond and let them learn to open their hearts anyways, even if they know the outcome. To love. Always to love. For my husband, just to see him show another child love, affection, how to play, to be silly and patient is pure joy in itself. He will have to tell you all what he wants out of this journey (His take on our foster journey below)

Will it be hard? Absolutely. 

Will I know how we will all react to this new journey of ours? I sure do not, but I know that we are walking into this journey as a family. To be able to help a child, a family in need will be worth every stress, every tear, every heart break.

Will it be worth it? Abso-FREAKIN-lutely.  

Thank you for reading! We hope to post often about our journey in becoming a foster family and then the adventure itself, as much as we are allowed. We hope to raise awareness and give you a bit of a window inside this epidemic that we don't hear about often. Feel free to follow the blog itself, our Instagram and Facebook page by follow the links.

Rise of the Guardians: Mr Beggs talk.

So as we have mentioned, Mika and I are about to embark on a new adventure. Yea I was skeptical, if not damn near defiant in my stance initially. Lets face it, people that know us well enough understand we have 5 children all together. Is that not enough? I am asked frequently. Well, in-between the "you crazy as hell" and "What the heck for??"

 Fostering children is not for everyone. Not even most people. It is an ongoing saga, draped in melancholy, promising heartbreak. With sadness inevitable, why even tempt it? Here is the focal point you must maintain within your scope of reason. You must get by your ownself, and realize that this is not meant for you. It is for the children. For their safety and well-being. To provide for these kids in their greatest time of need. When the worst case scenario unfolds for them, you have to be the safe place they go to. Six days, months , years. Whatever it takes to get some type of normalcy back in their lives. Whether it be re-unification with the parents, or finding them a caring,  forever home outside of the biological realm.

 So I suppose now is the time to get the Mans perspective. Why dad wants to commit, or more to the point, me. This is my reasoning as follows....
Being a Freemason in the state of Georgia (Past Master 2014) affords me many an opportunity to be charitable, or participate in such. The main focal point of our charitable efforts is The Childrens Home in Macon, GA. The home has been in operation for many years, and is supported by every Masonic Lodge in the state of Georgia. At any given time of the year, there can be between 20-40 kids there. All ages, race, sex etc. Point being, I am no stranger to the dire need of foster/adoptive parents. So after much debating on why I thought we were unable to do this in our own home, I had an epiphany. Seeing the light within my own children, It became clear. As a parent I had assumed the mantle of protector, not from bugs, high falls, or the dog. I was the protector of the last pure substance on this planet. Something so pure, and clean that Heaven itself crafted it by hand.
 A child's innocence. It is the last perfect thing left on earth. It has yet to be tainted by the trappings of this profane world. Sure growing up is a guarantee of losing that. It should come... in due time. The wonder and sparkle found in a childs eyes is the root of all happiness, not knowing how cruel and ugly this world really is, having not to deal with ugly, stress, and all things adult. However, bad things happen to good people. Or children. Mom and dad decide to beat on each other, or worse, turn their bad intentions onto the kids. Drugs, violence , malice of many flavors visits their front door.
 So it has become my intention to start doing my part. Start walking the talk. Fly to the aid of these poor souls who have befallen on hard times not of their own doing. Try and give them some ray of hope. A kind hand to wipe a tear, not cause it. A set of arms to hug and embrace, not to run away from. To build a home that stands for comfort and safety, not a war zone.

 I have vowed to protect these children from all enemies. Foreign and domestic. I am using all my God given abilities as a parent,  to partner with my significant other to do just this: be a Guardian.