As a single black woman in her 20s, there was little information in the “cyber world” whether it was an article or personal account of OUR stories as foster parents. I searched for a face and story similar to my own. I discovered quickly that I was in a small percentage and became committed to sharing my experience.
On May 29, 2012, I sat down at the computer and started to type my first post. My blog was titled, “A Tale of Puddin, Tigger & The Blessing” and it covered the final portion of my PS-MAPPs course, process to licensing, the arrival of my Stinky, our 18 month journey and then her transition to a permanent adoptive home. At the conclusion of our journey, I decided to continue blogging with the focus of how being a single foster mom has shaped me. The blog was retitled, “Yesterday, I was a Mom” in March 2014. The blog has transitioned into following my new journey as an English teacher in China.
I can’t believe that it has been TWO years! I have categorized each post to allow for new/old readers to filter through them. Strangely, I have not been able to read my blog from beginning to end. It’s almost as if it’s to personal?? I love that all my emotions are a fingertip away…yet it remains like a time capsule that my heart isn’t ready to open. My hope is that single women and other black women are encouraged and inspired through this blog to be a foster parent.
Being a mom to my Stinky was one of my highest achievements and is my most precious memory. As I nurtured her and watched her grow, she changed me too. She remains my Christmas morning and is in my thoughts daily. She has made me brave and I am so thrilled to share my experiences with her as I embark on this new quest.