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Chet Hover on being a foster mom

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June 21st, 2010

Chet Hover is a woman with a heart the size of Colorado, and in that heart is a soft spot for children. Hers is one that has room not only for her 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, but for the 25 children she has fostered. [caption id="attachment_12367" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Chet Hover with 1-year-old Holly."]Wind Crestto have lunch every month and even says thatWind Crest has the best restaurant in Denver! Hover decided to stop fostering children in 2003 after her husband passed and she had a mild stroke. Though her heart may have constricted a bit, it didn t keep her from opening it. She decided the house was too quiet, so she started fostering rescued greyhounds. They were my 40-mile-an-hour couch potatoes, she says. They would run five laps around her yard at full speed and then collapse on the couch.

New kind of fostering

When she moved toWind Crestin 2009, Hover decided to take in two cats instead of more greyhounds, and she s grateful for them. When that wind is blowing, I don t have to take them out! she says, relieved. Hover especially likes community living because she s getting to know her friends and neighbors entire families, and her heart is now expanding in a different direction. She still volunteers at the local elementary school, where she listens to third-graders read so she can be around children, but her love has turned to one of letters and words.Active in the Wind Crest writers groupcalled the Wisdom Writers, Hover has been focusing on what she calls reminiscing writing. She s writing down her life, but this is not purely for her. She s doing this so that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can read about her adventures and know how life was back in the dark ages. Hover laughs as she says this, a laugh as contagious as her giving heart and her gracious spirit.