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June 16

Dear Future Me,

I never, EVER, do rash things. I usually plan things out, create lists, and organize my life. I do not and I repeat, I DO NOT, make life changing decisions on the spur of the moment, but somehow, I ended up with three kids. Me – 23-year-old Kate Sutton, is a parent.

Yeah, I can’t believe it. I’m now a foster mom to an adorable 2-year-old little girl, Maddy, who I just want to hug, a 12-year-old boy, Zach, who seems more lost than troubled and a 13-year-old girl, named Alex, who has a HUGE grudge against the world. The attitude that girl has is a tangible thing. Even though she will probably make me want to scream, bang my head against the wall and tear my hair out, there was something about her that I just needed to help. All three of them touched upon emotions that I can’t even begin to understand or explain.

I have three kids. I know I keep repeating that, but just WOW!

It wasn’t just the connection I felt with the three children that made me take them in. It was this overwhelming protective instinct that kicked into overdrive the second I saw the couple that wanted to adopt the kids. The pure evil that radiated from the man I saw scared me as much as repulsed me. He gave me the shivers without even saying a word to me. I could feel that negativity pulsing out from him.

The couple had been dressed in expensive designer clothes, sported high-end jewelry and watches, and carried themselves with an air of dominance and superiority. They were accustomed to getting what they wanted. The man’s smile was more of a sneer and his eyes bore into Dawn as she spoke to him in the hallway.

I couldn’t allow the kids to go with someone like him. All I kept thinking was how horrible they would have it if they went to live with the evil couple. It would be so easy for their lives to be ruined. That could have happened to me.

I was adopted. I don’t know anything about my birth family and I never really had a desire to find out. All I know is that I was raised by two amazing people who love me unconditionally. They showed me so much caring and support and proved to me that you don’t have to be blood-related to be a family.

I want to give that to Alex, Zach and Maddy. The universe needs to wish me luck because I have a feeling, I’m going to need it.

Until Later!

~ Kate

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