I am so grateful for the people in my life who support me so that I can do this work. I have friends and family who call just to check in and listen, a my lovely and loyal housecleaner and a fabulous nanny who just graciously took on a lot more hours, and a husband who works so hard to provide for our lives. It takes a village, and never was it more true than when you’re walking in the world of foster care.

I’d also like to say that knowing when to say when and ask for more help is so very important. I almost drowned two years ago when we took on more than we were prepared to handle. I still regret not asking for help or recognizing how mush I needed it. You can get so buried in the day to day that you become the frog in the boiling pot. Before you know it, you’re cooked. My advice now is to ask for help before you need it, take care of yourself, surround yourself with support so that you can be present in the moments that really matter.