Sixteen little hands have made impressions on her heart and sixteen little feet have left footprints in her home.
Meghan is a single foster mom. After suffering with severe endometriosis, at age twenty-six , she had a full hysterectomy.
I felt God pull at my heart and ask me to do foster care. I laughed and fought it, but it kept showing up everywhere. So, I finally took the jump. —Meghan
Being a single foster mom takes motherhood to a whole new level. You don’t have the support of a partner to help you when the nights are long or pick up the extra slack when you are sick. Being a single foster mom means that a phone call can change your life forever in a matter of hours.
Megan has fostered children of all ages:
I had twins for twenty-two days.
I had two boys ages two and four for thirty days.
I had a seven month old for seventy-seven days.
I legally adopted three siblings who are now twelve, two and one.
Our house is closed for right now, but I may open it up again when my oldest goes to college and the babies are a little older. —Meghan
Her oldest son lived with his biological mom for almost ten years. As he matures, Meghan is learning how to best help him work through his feelings about the trauma he experienced at a young age.
Opening her home up to children has taught her a lot about the foster care system and the biological parents she encounters.
I respect my children’s birth mother because she had the courage to let them go, knowing she couldn’t be the mom they needed.—Meghan
Meghan takes on the role of both parents and stretches herself to meet all her children’s needs. Like all mothers, patience, more sleep, and a clean house stay on the “To-Do List” some days.
It can be a challenge to find time for herself in the midst of the beautiful chaos inside her home. Meghan is hopeful that dating will get easier to manage as her kids grow older.
Her faith is bigger than her fear.
Her joy replaced her sorrow.
Her presence changed her life, and saved theirs.
This is the tightrope that Meghan walks.
What tightrope do you walk?