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 →

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 →

Moments

Have you heard of the word Sabbath? It means rest. Jewish tradition observes Sabbath on Saturday's, the seventh day of the week as do some Christians. Most Christians observe Sunday as their day of rest. Some take a different day of rest. No matter what religion you practice or even if you are not religious... Continue Reading →

Finding Peace

This is my view tonight. As I lay here in the pool, the word peace came to mind.  I was overwhelmed by how calm I felt and how peaceful it is.   After 8pm, after the 3 littles are in bed, after the teens are all organized with their evening plans.   Quiet.  Peaceful. Got... 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 →

Foster Siblings

The Ups and Downs of Foster Siblings  By Jessie I am almost ten years old.   I have always had lots and lots of foster siblings since I was a baby.   I was a foster child when I was a baby but my parents adopted me and my sister.   There are good things and bad things... 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 →

Outdoor Challenges

Spring is finally here! We've started going outdoors after dinner to enjoy the sun and play in the backyard.   Soon we will start outdoor soccer and going to the park after dinner.   We have more energy in the sun but it also tuckers the kids out when they play outside. This spring I am challenging... Continue Reading →

Hospitals are NOT Daycares

My grandbaby is in the hospital.  (Yes, my young looking self is a grandmother!)  I was there all day with him yesterday.  His mother (my daughter in law) has been with him day and night since he went in last week.   Her mother has been with him.  Her friends have been with him.   Baby TJ... Continue Reading →

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