August 2, 2010

Four New Kids

Filed under: Our Work — Adam Heine @ 9:30 AM

You read that right. Sometime in the next week or so, four new kids will be moving in to our home.

They come from a children’s home run by friends of ours. After a few years of managing the home, our friends decided they couldn’t give the kids what they need: a real family, with parents who don’t take a day off every week — parents who don’t quit and get replaced every year or two. Once they made this very difficult decision, they needed to find homes for their eight children. Since what they wanted was exactly what we do, we offered to take in as many as we thought we could handle.

There’s one girl, age 8, and three boys, ages 4, 4, and 3. (I’ll give you names and pictures later). We visited them at their home on Saturday and had them here for a while yesterday. They know what’s happening, and all of them seem pretty cool about it — even excited.

Isaac took to the boys right away. Nathan was a little more shy, but he’ll get used to it. We all will. We’ve been through this before. It’ll be weird for a while. The new kids will have to learn new boundaries, and respect for new authority figures. Our current kids will have to learn how to share their space and their stuff. But after about two or three months, it will feel as if our family has always had 11 people.

Well, twelve people, once Pancake comes. That’s still happening any day now (we think).

Cindy and I wobble between confidence and stress. Fortunately we are also getting a helper from the children’s home who will be here during the weekdays. Someone the kids already know. Someone who can help with non-essential stuff like cleaning and cooking lunches better than PB&J (being my personal default). Someone who can be a third set of eyes and hands and attention.

That’s all I can think of for the moment. I’ll answer any questions in the comments, assuming I can answer them.


  1. Question: since 12 is an unlucky number according to Tolkien will you guys consider having another kid and naming him/her Bilbo?

    Comment by Chris Whyte — August 2, 2010 @ 10:08 AM

  2. Bah. If we have another kid for that reason, I’m naming him Gandalf. Or maybe Morpheus.

    Comment by Adam Heine — August 2, 2010 @ 11:11 AM

  3. What the what? 4? Wow. Seriously wow. Will be praying dude and dudette.

    Comment by Dave — August 2, 2010 @ 3:11 PM

  4. You sir, have no respect for the hobbit. See what happens if your family ever tries to go through Mirkwood… bad things sir, bad things

    Comment by Chris Whyte — August 2, 2010 @ 3:53 PM

  5. You guys looked pretty calm last time we Skyped but it still might have been too early for you on Saturday morning to get stressed. We are praying for you and looking forward to meeting all our new grandkids in a few months.

    Comment by Heine Patriarch — August 3, 2010 @ 1:49 AM

  6. We’ll be praying for your suddenly larger family! Can’t wait to meet all of them at Christmas!

    Comment by Diane — August 3, 2010 @ 8:41 AM

  7. Adam, you and your family rock. Seriously. God bless you all xs twelve!

    Comment by Victoria Dixon — August 10, 2010 @ 12:28 AM

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