Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I was so excited for my daughter to move out East for her first year of university. I wasn't scared because I knew I had prepared her well for the world and she was turning out great. Today I know that many mothers are not okay. First day back to... 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →