TBR foster parents: 'It's the toughest job you'll ever love' - FOX34 Lubbock

TBR foster parents: 'It's the toughest job you'll ever love'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There are 31 foster care children living in four cottages at the Texas Boys Ranch. At each one, a couple takes on the role of house parents. 

When Ed Losinski hurt himself and was unable to continue working as a carpenter, he and his wife were left feeling uncertain about the future. 

"Her and I had talked about doing some missionary work," Ed said.

The uncertainty quickly faded when they realized there was mission work just miles away. 

"We had taken a freedom weekend at our church to discover what our gifts are, what we should do," Robbie Losinski said. "Someone had mentioned Texas Boys Ranch, just out of the blue and everywhere I went I found a card that said Texas Boys Ranch. I looked online, it said Texas Boys Ranch. I pretty much said to him, this is something that keeps coming up."

In November of 2016, Ed and Robbie became house parents. Since then, it has been an up and down journey. 

"There's a lot of times these hearts have been crushed and to build up that trust with them, it does take some time," Ed said. 

The Losinski's try their best to provide these kids a sense of normalcy. 

"We went on a camping trip to Colorado and we went tent camping and we have our little one, and she has trouble sleeping and about at three o'clock in the morning she woke me up, and said 'Mrs. Robbie, Mrs. Robbie' and my first reaction was I was tired, why are you waking me up?," Robbie said. "I said 'yes, what can I do for you?' and she said, I really love you." 

Robbie said she laid back down and was thankful God was giving her moments like that.

"God chooses certain people for these kinds of jobs because he knows you can withstand having your heart broken over and over again," Robbie said.

Whether it is saying goodbye to children they love or feeling the pain they have endured, it is a heartbreak the couple will continue to take on.

"They're not bad," Robbie said. "They're hurt and that's our job to help them heal and understand a little bit." 

The couple does get days off every week. However, they believe parenting is a full time job and are always close by. 

FOX34 is proud to be working with the Boys Ranch again for it's 43rd annual Telethon. It is Saturday night, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at LHUCA Firehouse Theatre. There will be live music all night. You can join us or watch it live on FOX34 and streaming online. It is the ranch's biggest fundraiser of the year.

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