Foster care takes a lot of paperwork.
6 months (of kids who had 6 years in the system) x 4 kids…
And adoptions take a lot of paperwork.
x 4 kids….
That all equals a. lot. of. paper.
So what does one do with all of that paperwork that documents their every move, mood, discipline and doctor’s visit now that the adoption is final?
Snow Angels is one option.
Lily thought it was sounded pretty good.
Shredding it all was Ryan and I’s way of dealing with it.
We let all 4 kids have their turn feeding all the written details of their years in foster care into the hungry blades of the shredder.
I should probably explain that this wasn’t a scheduled activity on our agenda- it just sort of ended up happening. Peter wanted a job to do so we gave him the giant stack and told him to start shredding. The other kiddos heard what he doing and joined in.
I’d like to think it brought them peace knowing those years of CPS caseworker visits are shredded and over. Not forgotten but definitely over.
And after all that paper found its way into thin illegible strips of kindling: We danced.
I don’t think that’s why we were really dancing, to be honest.
But clearly, we were dancing.
What you see here is the manifestations of cabin fever. These pictures were taken on a very cold, rainy Saturday in January when there was very little left inside that could entertain 9 people (other than dancing.)
And possibly some P90X.
And a cheer routine to Taylor Swift’s Welcome to New York.
Nothing says quality family memories like shredding CPS documents, dancing, exercising, and Taylor Swift.
And the whole family said Amen.