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 →

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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 →

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 →

Adoption: The secret village.

You've heard the quote, "It takes a village to raise a child".   I know there are some who argue and say no it just takes good parents.  While that is definitely true, it does take more than just parents to raise a child well. The parents do need to be the foundation.   Study after study... Continue Reading →

Don’t forget the Birth Mother

I just finished my Christmas shopping and the last person on my list was our youngest's birth mother.   Usually I have at least four birth mothers I buy for, depending on who is staying with us, but this year just one.  I guess that sounds strange to some!   To us it has been a way... Continue Reading →

Why Adopt When You Can Have Your Own?

Quite the insensitive question when you think about it! Let's tackle that question (that we hear all the time) in two parts and I'm going to answer them in reverse order. Part two:  "when you can have your own" I know how many people struggle with infertility or second  time around infertility.  We struggled to... Continue Reading →

A.R.E (Adoption Resource Exchange)

Today was Remembrance Day but I didn’t spend it at the cenotaph with my Army brother and grandfather even though it may be his last.   I went with a fellow foster mom to the A.R.E in Toronto.   The A.R.E stands for Adoption Resource Exchange.   What on earth is that? Well, this morning we didn’t really... Continue Reading →

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