Being an “older” adoptive parent has really caught up with me. Due to lifting and carrying our 35-pound foster baby, Lil Bit, my back has given out. I can’t bend my back or right leg without incredibly sharp and shooting pain overtaking me.
Because even sitting can painful, the boys and I didn’t travel out-of-town with Foster Dad for our niece’s high school graduation. My pain was so intense that our 3-year-old son, Stinkpot, had to dress me Saturday morning before a doctor visit. I am still hurting, but the prescriptions are taking a little of the edge away.
Although I am in pain this Memorial Day weekend, I am thankful.
Thankful for my family that has grown through foster care adoption.
Thankful for the wonderful man I married.
Thankful for the 2 beautiful boys brought to us through the tragedy of foster care.
And today especially, thankful for our U.S. soldiers that have given their lives so that I can enjoy freedom in mine.
22-year-old U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Shawn Hefner of Hico, Texas gave his life in Operation Enduring Freedom on Friday, November 13, 2009 in Afghanistan. Please visit the website Shawn’s uncle created in his memory. You can also send an email to Shawn’s family thanking them for his service.
This Memorial Day, please remember the U.S. soldiers who have died serving our country.
We are the Land of the Free because of the Brave!