So, my husband and I have come to the conclusion after being foster parents for over 13 months now, that we’re not easy to be friends with anymore. We used to be! We would invite friends over all of the time and we’d have lovely get togethers where the adults would hang out in one room and the kids would all play outside. The two or three families would eat pizza, play board games, watch movies, and swim together. We would hang out late into the night, well past our children’s bedtimes and when it was all said and done nobody really wanted to leave, but at about midnight they’d have to, so that they could all wake up the next morning and not be grouchy. We’d walk our friends to their cars promising to do it all over again next weekend and we’d all be sad that it was over.
Um… that is a thing of the past! It wasn’t on purpose. We didn’t try to run our friends off. It just sort of happened. There are still two families that have stuck by us through our growing pains of becoming a family of seven. They still come over. We still play and swim and eat together, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is “easy” anymore. There is usually yelling and some crying. Kids accidentally get hurt. Children are always throwing things and someone inevitable will get bit. Yes, I said it… they will get bit. It is horrible to admit, but we just aren’t that picture perfect family anymore. We don’t party into the night because we have babies that have a strict schedule to keep unless we want all chaos to break loose for the next several days. Nobody really stays much past 8 o’clock anymore. Everyone starts to leave and as they do a part of me is sad. We’ve lost something. We’ve lost the ability to be “easy” friends. We just aren’t.
Sometimes, I mope around about it for a while. I complain that we don’t have any friends that like us anymore. I feel sorry for myself for a little while and then I realize something. I WOULD NOT CHANGE OUR “NEW NORMAL” FOR ANYTHING. So what if we aren’t easy to be around anymore. I don’t want to be easy! I want to be us. I want to be the family that we are now. I don’t know how long it will last. Little Man and Baby Girl’s cases are nowhere close to being over, so it could be a while or something could happen tomorrow to change everything. All I know is that I love our new family. We’re a little rough around the edges. We are sometimes difficult to be around because of all the chaos, but we’re a family and I wouldn’t have it any other way!