Say hello to one incredibly fun family! Philip and Larie find themselves in a healthy mix of boys (ages 10, 6 and 4 months) and girls (6 and 1), who love the outdoors and who are self-proclaimed loud, curious and lots of fun! On any given weekend you can find them camping, geocacing, hiking and playing Pokemon Go! They also enjoy their community and love taking short day trips to check out all the Upstate has to offer. Larie is a stay at home Mom and Phllip is a Customer Service Supervisor, both are ALL IN with the Clemson Tigers and love to watch football.
Fostering was something they began talking about as they were dating. Both knew it would be a part of their future, but weren’t sure when. Licensed through DSS for 5 years, they have had over 10 long term and a hand full of short term placements. The children that have passed through their homes have been anywhere from 4 days to 6 years old and like most all foster parents, even with their early and solid desires to be a safe haven for these children, they had hesitations and questions. Having already had biological children, one of the things that concerned them most was how saying good bye would affect the young children they brought with them on this journey. Larie said “choosing this for yourself as an adult is one thing, but its’ a really tough thing to choose for your children.” But, after some really hard goodbyes, they feel that it has only proved to better them all. When reflecting on how the hard balances out with the good, she says “I have to believe that they will grow up to be more compassionate adults because we have done something hard as a family and they know that loving and taking care of others is always worth it.” Their motivation is seeing children who have been scared and upset start to laugh and allow themselves to enjoy their new home. One of her favorite quotes is: “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.” We’d say this family is doing just that.
Photography by: Corey Pelton