Removed {a powerful short film}

This weekend I watched a short film called Removed by Nathanael Matanick. I can’t get it out of my head and I know so many of you would appreciate seeing it. It chronicles the journey of a young girl removed from her home and placed into foster care. It is one of the most well made films I have seen regarding foster care and the trauma past circumstances can cause in the present. Sometimes there is an idea tossed around that all a wounded child needs is a loving home and the past will no longer have an affect on them. And sometimes love is all they need. But sometimes love shows itself in recognizing that often deep wounds do not just simply go away. Wounded children need parents willing to be big enough and brave enough to hold them in their confusing tears and to help them on the road to truly healing.

We’ve watched several of our friends walk the road of foster parents. While there are so many joys in seeing children heal, it is also often a road covered in the bumps of every kind of emotion.  It is not for the weak of heart. It is for the brave. The strong. The willing. I’ve watched friends weep and groan as they fight and advocate for the kids that joined their families through fostering. I’ve seen them broken over the hurt what those kids endured. And, I’ve watched them rejoice as the same kids begin to flourish and heal in a stable, loving, grace-filled, understanding environment. My friends would tell you they are weak. They would say they aren’t strong or brave. But, they are.

According to its website, Removed was made “with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents.”

So today, I wanted to share this video. It is both educational, eye opening, moving and powerful. It is 12:47 minutes long…

ReMoved from HESCHLE on Vimeo.

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  • Amber - WOW! Thank you for sharing that powerful and beautiful video!

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  • Cass - That was beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • bethb - thank you so much for sharing this. I wish more people understood that its not just hard for a adoptive parent or foster parent but hard for the child too. It goes both ways and takes BOTH to work though. <3

Embrace the camera {super hero pose}

Yesterday it was a warm 70 degrees out with beautiful blue skies. The kids and I headed over to a local playground and nature park to soak in some of the day. I do believe my most favorite sound in all the world is the sound of my kids laughing together. It is like balm to my soul on weary days.

It was just us, so I used the camera timer for an Embrace the Camera shot. The picture is slanted because I didn’t do a good job getting the camera level.  I thought about trying to get us to sit nicely on the bridge and smile, but that just isn’t us. The boys wanted to do a ‘Super Hero” pose.  There is so much I love about this picture. Little One on my back in her water shoes (she wants to wear them everywhere), my newly 6 year old with half a granola bar in his hands, FireCracker looking to me to copy my pose, my 8 year old making his “let’s get this picture over with so we can go find birds” face, and my oldest pretending he has a sword. It’s us.3.20embrace-6

After the hike, we met up with family for a birthday dinner. These two cousins are the best of friends. It is VERY STRANGE how nearly everytime I meet up with my sister, either Lesley and I are dressed alike or our girls are dressed alike. It has been that way for years now. Yesterday we showed up and the older girls were in the same dress and the younger girls were in matching colors. Weird.3.20embrace-7

With all that unintentional matching, crazy hair and strawberry juice – I thought we needed a few girl pictures.3.20embrace-8

Nana made him a Minecraft Spider cake. I’m pretty sure it was a big hit.3.20embrace-103.20embrace-11It’s Friday – YAY!!!!

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Embrace the camera {my five now six year old}

3.19embrace-1Last night I held a five year old in my arms. Today he is six. And he fills my heart and soul with so much joy. I asked him if he would take a picture with me that I could share with you guys here today. He usually agrees only if we make goofy faces. We made plenty of goofy faces, but then he snuck in this sweet smile. I always tell him, “I could eat you up, I love you so.” To which he reminds me he is too big for me to eat. He is all kinds of awesome and my life overflows with goodness because he is in it.

Happy Birthday my brave, strong and hardy one!

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