Updated: Sep 13, 2022
Now we are here, moved into our SOS Village home on August 4, 2017 and just trying to get adjusted to the new life in a new home. Getting to know more of the other foster parents, caseworkers, and other supportive staff on the Chicago Village. BTW, SOS has 3 locations located here in Illinois, Chicago Village (south side of Chicago), Roosevelt Square (around the UIC district of Chicago) and the very 1st location, Lockport, IL. over 20 something years old. Ok, now back to the story. So I am living on the village, husband at the time was still working his full-time job which means I was home all day working in other foster parents home in order of getting the feel of this new everyday life that I have embarked upon. I began to learn more about our families (sibling groups) on our village. While getting to know the children on the village, the husband and I was introduced to a sibling group of 5 (3 girls and 2 boys) who would be transitioning into our home on September 5, 2017. Remember I started this story off that we had just moved onto the village on August 4th. Yes, kids that soon. I am so glad that I coupon before moving into our home that allowed me to have tons of supplies need for a family of 8.
Now with this new information of receiving my first set of kids, my nerves were all over the place but it was time to strap on my big girl pants and get into it. We began to spend time with the kids to get to know more about each and every one them. The kids were ranging in ages of 1yr old to 8 yrs old. So yes, we were in for a rollercoaster ride. My first objective was to find out about the kids favorite colors, foods, tv shows, things that they like to play, etc. To say that I was trying to prepare would be an understatement. I decorated their rooms into their favorite characters, got matching bathroom sets, and begin transitioning the kids into our home. I was excited but scared as hell. That first night went according to plan. I cooked dinner, we ate as a family, kids took baths and changed into new pajamas, we watched a movie with snacks and then off to bed we all went. Good night means we are going to have a good morning, right? WRONG!!! When I tell you that these kids woke up at the crack of dawn making all types of noise. Let me just put this out there, we went to bed after 10pm and this is the first time I have lived in a house full of kids. No one told me through the trainings and conversations that kids don't sleep in. What the hell did I just get myself into? I had one who peed in the bed overnight, one who wanted to just run back and forth through the hallways, one who just looked evil at all times, one who thought that she was the boss over everyone and then the youngest who you looked at and thought she was the innocent one of them all. Again, I ask, what in the hell did I just get myself into? Why didn't any of my family and friends stop me. After getting everyone up, we had breakfast and started our day. I think we went out for some family fun and eventually ended up at Golden Corral since this was suppose to be one of their favorite places. Five kids and 2 adults out to eat at a buffet, this couldn't be bad as it sounds. To my surprise we didn't have that many issues besides the kids wanting to eat everything that they saw and me feeling like I needed a valium, we were all smiles. However, before heading to get back in the van, I'm embracing the mini van life, the kids shocked me. They wanted us all to take a picture together. This right here was that moment that reassured me that I was where I needed to be.