The Feeling Cup (Play therapy #3)

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.  These articles are by no means a replacement for good play therapy.   They are just... Continue Reading →

the Good Parents

Foster - verb (used with object) 1.  to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas. 2.  to bring up, raise, or rear, as a foster child. 3.  to care for or cherish. These are the definitions and I love them so much.   Think about all these things when you... 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 →

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 →

Is your marriage happy?

Would you agree??? I do!  My favourite place is snuggled under his shoulder, sitting beside him in the car or cuddling with him pretty much anywhere. I'm pretty sure that's a good sign in couples married over 20 years.  I know of some who don't want to be in the same room together.   Of course... Continue Reading →

Make Your Circle

Amazing how our moods can change when surrounded by friends. The other day.... feeling blah.   Invited friends over for games night......feeling happy, giggly, excited and just downright joyful. The next day....feeling blah.   Moody teenagers got the best of me, couldn't go to family celebrations because some of the kids were sick, and nothing much to... 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 →

How Culture & Religion affect Foster Care

As foster parents, we have had children of all sorts of religions, cultures, family values and heritage.   Our heritage is mostly European from all sides.   Our culture is a mixture of Canadian and Dutch.   Our religion is Bible believing, Christian.   Our family values are respect, family, helping others, quality time and friendships. Today I was... Continue Reading →

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