Melanie Ollett

Melanie Ollett is a United Methodist pastor in the Northeast Jurisdiction, completed her undergraduate and seminary careers in Washington D.C., and has been a foster parent for 7 months. When she's not running after her foster kids, congregants, dog, cat, or chickens, she can be found reading up on revitalizing rural congregations or playing board games. 

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I'm a Foster Mom. Here's What I've Learned About Being a 'Temporary' Parent

by Melanie Ollett 05-17-2016

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I know that this child’s life and mine have intersected by a miraculous plan, and that however temporary, we will both enjoy what we can from how our stories have come together. He tells me stories of what it was like at his birth family’s house, we talk about the differences and similarities between his birth household and my household now, and together we make more crazy plans. 

God calls us among all of our anxieties, voiced and unvoiced­, to keep on living. To pray for one another, to argue with one another, to take the terrifying chance to say “I love you” to one another every day because we know the other needs to hear it. 

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