so apparently our number came up…it’s time for our home to be mega-inspected by the state again. i’ve been told that your name can come up every 2 years. we’ve almost made it 3 since our first one, so I shouldn’t complain too much. CPS has 2 gals in our area whose entire job is inspecting foster homes. our license is through a private agency, so I believe this is more about making sure our agency is properly keeping us updated, but I think CPS foster homes have to go through this as well. anyhoo.
Tuesday I got a call that our home would be inspected. Appointment scheduled for 5:30 pm this coming Tues, the 22nd.
(umm….at our house, 5:30-6:45 is known as the witching hour! maybe that’s just us, but a lady at Bible study this morning called it that too! so this is going to be craziness! Robbie suggested taking the kids on a walk during the inspection, which will be so helpful!!)
My First response was anger….feeling so un-trusted & invaded. Last time they looked through ALL my paperwork (yearly classes & individual children’s folders) & opened every drawer & cabinet. Would that make you feel invaded too? or is that just me? I’m 99.9% sure we are up to date on everything & our house is in compliance, so there’s nothing to be worried over. it’s just a matter of being inconvenienced. But isn’t that kind of why we got into fostering? to not live a normal American life?
The Second response was obviously from God…Be Salt! Be Light! These momentary struggles are worth the end result of fostering/adoption/ministry…So now I’ll be spending Sunday & a little Monday going over all our paperwork, & the entire house, so we will be completely ready for our Tuesday inspection.
My Prayer is that
- she will come, do what needs to be done & leave in a short amount of time (she estimated 1.5 hrs…less would be fantastic!)
- that my heart & attitude would be a blessing to her; that He would shine through our family to her
Did anyone see Glee the other night? Where Mr Shu & Sue went & sang with the kids in the cancer ward at the hospital….they sang “this little light of mine.” I grew up singing that song. the simplicity of children songs amazes me & inspires me. I want HIM to use us as a shining light!
“Do everything without complaining or arguing so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” NLT