What's one more when you're already loving so many, right?
Being a parent is the most challenging journey human beings can go on. Being a parent requires 24-7 devotion, a lot of patience, and immeasurable care, not to mention plenty of understanding. Also, giving birth to a child isn't the only way to be a parent. There are plenty of loving and valuable parents in the world who never gave birth. Whether you gave birth to your children, adopted them, or are fostering them, if you're a parent, you're a treasure. In fact, you don't even have to be married or have a partner to love a child. All you need is a lot of love and a strong will, and one example of that is a woman named Katie Holstein.
Katie is a woman who has devoted her life to loving children, and what more noble thing is there than someone who devotes their life to loving children? After all, it's not easy to put aside all of your personal pursuits to focus on children, but a lot of people do it, and Katie is one of them. From Kentucky, Katie said that she start5ed the process to become a foster parent in January of 2017. In an interview with Love What Matters, Katie said that she was "tired of waiting around for Mr. Right to make it happen." In short, Katie wanted a family and she was determined to have one, with or without a partner to help her.
It takes about six months to become qualified to be a foster parent. She planned to foster children for a couple of years to get an idea of what it takes to raise children. Soon after she was licensed, Katie got a call asking if she could foster two children who were siblings aged one and two. When the two children came to Katie's home, she had no idea how to care for a newborn, but that didn't deter her. She made it happen and excelled at it. Over the years, she fostered 16 children in only three years.
By the time she was fostering a little boy named Thomas, she knew she was ready to adopt and Thomas was to be her first child. Although she had adopted Thomas, she was still fostering other children. One who came to her was a teenager named Akyra, who goes by the nickname "Okra." The social worker explained that Okra is a "great girl," but she and her current family "needed a break" from each other. Katie welcomed her to her home and everyone fell in love with her. Katie's home was already full, but she loved having Okra around.
Eventually, Okra asked Katie if she would adopt her and Katie happily agreed. After 3,739 days in foster care, Okra was adopted. Katie puts it best: “There are children in our community who need a safe place. They need willing families, not perfect ones.”