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I love how the fireplace is looking. Painting the mantle and the screen was a great choice.

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We just celebrated our two year anniversary as licensed foster parents and the time has flown.  I started our story quite a while ago in a post here and will continue today.  We had a home visit which we were told really just ruled out obvious problems in a potential foster home like a totally unsuitable household such as a major lack of cleanliness, safety, etc… We were then invited to attend the PRIDE training classes at the MBCH location in Lee’s Summit, MO.  During this process we were working on a home study which included several home visits and lots of paperwork.  For every two years licensing we are required to do background checks, fingerprinting, physicals, and required training.  While we were traveling each week for the original ten weeks it seemed like so much to do but looking back it really feels like it went quickly.  We decided that we wanted to be available to adopt into our home any children that were placed with us, were not reunified with the birth families and seemed to be a good fit with our family.  In order to be ready to do that we went ahead and took the Spaulding adoption classes for 12 hours and added the adoption portion to our home study from the very beginning. Little did we know that our first foster care placement would exactly fit those parameters. It is amazing to look back and see how the Lord orchestrated the timing of our training, our placement and the addition of two new children to our family.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families. Psalms 68:5-6

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