Henry, my tortoise of 13 years, is substituting in place of Sandy and Clementine in a Christmas photo for you until the girls are legally mine. Photo credit and mass amounts of appreciation go to Amanda Green who is fostering Henry for a little while until the girls get older (as mentioned this month in Don’t Feel Guilty For Rehoming Your Pet). He takes a pretty good photo, don’t you think?
This is the first Christmas that I have a foster child that I know I’ll be able to adopt. Since this baby, Clementine, is my fifth, I can’t say that I’m a new mother- yet this is the first time that I can plan for next Christmas. And the next, and the next and the next. It’s such an exciting feeling that is bitter sweet knowing that any time my other foster daughter ‘Sandy’ could be returned to her biological family.
This Christmas is about living between the two extremes of knowing and not knowing the future. We’ll enjoy Christmas today and I’ll be as present as possible. One Christmas at a time. Babies are so good at helping people to live in the moment. Time to unwrap the presents!
May you and your family have a very merry and relaxed Christmas day!
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