2 MEAL MAGIC

Don't worry this article isn't about left overs!   Most of my family refuse to eat leftovers. I haven't written a lot lately as I have truly been very busy.   We took in a 15 year old into our family at the beginning of the summer and for all of you who foster, you know how... 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 →

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 →

Teen Summer

My notifications tell me I haven't written in a while. Adding a new teenager into your home will do that.   It's also the end of the year so we have been jam packed with graduations, proms, award ceremonies, recitals, end of year parties for sports and school, buying all the necessities for summer and birthdays. ... Continue Reading →

Absent affection

Squishy, warm, Firm, distant, Stiff, awkward, Warm, tight, Quick, side arm, Energetic, tight, Clingy, sweaty. Each person feels different. Strange and uncomfortable; Sensations I am not used to. New strangers, New feelings. They make me feel Happy and loved; Feelings I am not used to. Unloved and unworthy; Those are comfortable. Time. I will need... 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 →

Testing, Testing 1,2,3

One of the hardest parts of being a mom is when your child is in pain.   One of the hardest things a child will have to reconcile is why your mom would allow pain. Mother's are supposed to protect and prevent injury to their children but what if the very things designed to help your... Continue Reading →

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