You really want to know what it takes to say goodbye?

Another goodbye.  Our little Math Boy who has lived with us since January is moving out tomorrow to live with kin.  These are the days that most people would say are the main reason why they wouldn't consider fostering. Moving a child out who has lived with you even for a month is hard.   I'm... Continue Reading →

The Other Side of Isolation

Our children are loving this time.   They have their parents full attention.   We have nothing on the calendar except playtime; all day, everyday.   We play all kinds of  board games, we do crafts, we've gone on many hikes, we play in the backyard.  We are building them a new playset.  They are having the best... Continue Reading →

Hiking for Courage

Today I’m taking a break from my Play Therapy posts and posting about something else completely:  bravery, courage & independence in women.Today we are isolated just like the rest of the world.  The only thing we can really do is hike.   So every morning we pack up and dress for the cold weather and we... Continue Reading →

Life’s A Game (Play Therapy #5)

This series of articles involve play therapy.  The names and genders of the people involved change from article to article to protect the identity of those in therapy. The children in these play therapy sessions are between 6 and 10. This week in play therapy, we learned some games to help our child calm the... Continue Reading →

The Green Square (Play Therapy #4)

This series of articles involve play therapy.  The names and genders of the people involved change from article to article to protect the identity of those in therapy. The children in these play therapy sessions are between 6 and 10. In my last post I ended with the game we play at the end of... Continue Reading →

The Feeling Cup (Play therapy #3)

This series of articles involve play therapy.  The names and genders of the people involved change from article to article to protect the identity of those in therapy. The children in these play therapy sessions are between 6 and 10.  These articles are by no means a replacement for good play therapy.   They are just... Continue Reading →

Lizard Brain (Play therapy #2)

This series of articles involve play therapy.  The names and genders of the people involved change from article to article to protect the identity of those in therapy. The children in these play therapy sessions are between 6 and 10. Our play therapist (we'll call him Bob) brought out a bucket of playdoh and a... Continue Reading →

Trauma Brain (Play Therapy #1)

This series of articles involve play therapy.  The names and genders of the people involved change from article to article to protect the identity of those in therapy. The children in these play therapy sessions are between 6 and 10.  This is by no means a replacement for good play therapy.   If your child is... Continue Reading →

English Hot Tub Buddies

So the last few days one of my best girl friends, Jen, (who has lots of English heritage) has been inundated with photos, people and stories from the Netherlands (which is my heritage).   She has sent me a few texts talking about when we last went to Holland and visited the Keukenhof and Harlingen.... Continue Reading →

Daddy Protect Yourself

The other day, I chatted with a brand new foster Momma. They are about to take in a teen girl.   First placement.   Brave you say?   I say trusting.   They are trusting the strength of their family and community to make it work.   They trust their skills as parents.   They... Continue Reading →

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