Christmas Game Changer

Did it happen to you? Did you suddenly find yourself half way through December and totally overwhelmed with what still had to be done?  Still Christmas gifts to buy or make?  Cards to write? Meals to plan?  Every year I think I'm doing well until it gets to be about 10 days before Christmas then... Continue Reading →

Trauma Brain

This week I've taken two classes on parenting traumatized children.  The first part of this article will explain in super simple terms about the amygdala and the second part is for those of you who already know all about trauma brain and want some ideas for parenting kids who come from trauma. Years ago, I... Continue Reading →

Left Out

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada. Holidays are hard for many people for many reasons. Most of us find our way to turkey this weekend.   If not turkey, at least to family or friends for gathering and giving thanks. Now imagine you are plucked out of your thanksgiving dinner.   You are taken away by... Continue Reading →

I’m so sorry

I'm sorry. I didn't really get it until today. Never have I understood the depth of hatred that some people have. Today I was reading blogs on WordPress and I did something I don't often do and that was search a topic and start reading. I searched teenagers. Mostly because they have been on my... 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 →

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 →

Welcoming Presidents and Orphans

This week the word welcome has really made me think. This week was the first time we struggled to find places for people to sleep and had to say no to a sleepover for one of our kids because all our beds were full and we already had all the extra mattresses and two cots... Continue Reading →

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