Ergo Magic

How does one make dinner with a cranky 25 pound baby who wants to be picked up? A few months ago (okay more like 7), I found the Moby wrap stopped working. I love the long stretchy fabric and it works so well for newborns and small infants. It just doesn't hold up to 20lb... Continue Reading →

20 adopted children

This spring I was able to attend an adoption and foster parent conference in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.   It was so great to be in a place where everyone you meet is in the same phase of life as you.  No one blinked when I answered their question of "How many kids do you have?".   There... Continue Reading →

Fish for Grandpa

Last week my husband got to go out on a big fishing boat and go fishing.   Definitely not something he does or has ever done.   It was pretty cool to see him with these huge fish.   A week later and he put those giant fish on the smoker.   I thought he was a little crazy... Continue Reading →

Questions We Get A Lot!

Yesterday I was a speaker on the PRIDE panel.   PRIDE is the course you take in Ontario, Canada if you want to become a foster, kin or adoptive parent.   I spoke as an adoptive and foster mom and also as the President of our Foster Parent Association. It's always fun to watch the eyes open... Continue Reading →

Why take in teens?

Think back to when you were 15.   I bet you were worried about zits, your clothes, your homework, driving, your friends, your dating life, your friends dating lives, your future.  Most of us were not worried about packing up all our belongings and moving to another foster home. One of the major worries for teens... Continue Reading →

Birth Mother’s Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day on Sunday. While most mothers and children love to celebrate mothers I know there are many who do not.   Some even dread the holiday.   How do you explain to your teacher that your mother is in jail, in rehab or simply abandoned you?   How do you cope with... Continue Reading →

“Foster Parents do it for $$$”

This article is an honest look at the financial side of foster care in Ontario, Canada. One of the worst and more hurtful statements we hear as foster parents, is that foster parents do what they do for money.   Ugh.   I can hear the collective assembly of foster parents groaning now. This could end up... Continue Reading →

Abandoned or Loved. Which would you choose?

Today was such a great day.    We went to the local indoor playground to celebrate the birthday of a former foster love.   He lived with us for six months.   We did our best to help and support his mother and we continue to offer that support months and years after he has gone back home.... Continue Reading →

Grandparents vs Grandparents

Grandparenting today can look very different from one family to the next.  Some children grow up having relationships with their grandparents, great grandparents and even great-great grandparents.  To other families who started later in life, this may sound impossible as their parents are much older and their grandparents are in their 80’s by the time... Continue Reading →

Foster home # 6

I recently spoke to a former youth in care who was describing the pain, abandonment, heartbreak, loss and feelings of worthlessness he felt as he was bumped to his 6th foster home.   How do you have any self-worth if you suddenly wake up in a new home with no transition and no idea why?   Wouldn't... Continue Reading →

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