Today is officially Benjamin’s birthday- our “baby” is 3. I know how this feels and I know what to expect because our babies have turned 3 before, a few times actually. I know that when the baby turns 3 you find that on an occasional Saturday afternoon you are able to nap again on the… Continue reading When your baby turns 3…
Bob went on an ice fishing trip this past weekend. I was home with the kids. Once he returned home on Sunday I was curious to hear how his weekend was- he shared stories of a broken snow mobile, freezing temperatures and no fish… not really my idea of a good time but still, it was… Continue reading Uneventful Weekends.
I’ve heard it said many times that all foster children have some degree of special needs. And while that may be entirely true, there comes a point in your child’s care when your intuition will start telling you something else is just “off.” As a foster parent you learn to expect the fall out and… Continue reading Foster Parenting- 3 Types of Special Needs
It’s finally your adoption day! You’ve waited and prayed and worried while completing every background check, personal reference, and all those mounds of paperwork! It is time to CELEBRATE!!! So what can you do besides “Gotcha Day” that will last over the years? It needs to be fun for the kids, memorable for the adults,… Continue reading 8 Creative Ways to celebrate adoption besides “Gotcha Day”
So you completed your training, you submitted all the references, you waited on a background check, and you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for your first foster care placement so you can welcome them with open arms…and then the call comes for your foster children! As we head into the holiday season, we especially begin… Continue reading Family Traditions and Foster Children
Do you ever leave an uncomfortable conversation, and then think to yourself just moments later, “Oh, now THAT would’ve been a perfect response to those nosy adoption questions.” The truth is the response we wish we had in the moment probably wasn’t the best thing to say anyway. The topics of children and adoption often… Continue reading 5 Kind Phrases To Shut Down Nosy Adoption Questions
Lots of things in life don’t make sense. Some of it you get used to and some of it you just never will. I hate it when there aren’t any words. It feels like I’m trapped- keeping all of my well wishes, and good intentions and love all to myself because I don’t have words… Continue reading The things that never get easier…
I must’ve drawn up plans every couple months for literally years. It became a regular thing, Bob and I would walk around our house debating how to re-work the layout, deciding how we could make more room or at least make the room we had more efficient. At one point we even turned the dining room into… Continue reading Dreams don’t work unless you do…
Just over ten years ago, I found out that I would be an “aunt” again. I sat in the living room of our house with a "close-to-due-date mama" and tried to ignore some of the elephant’s that were also in the room with us when she told me. What had mama been doing for prenatal… Continue reading Jeremiah 29:11
Sometimes I sit in my living room when the snow is coming down outside and the kids are all over the place and just observe. Maybe the kids notice that I am just silently watching my world in action from my cozy spot on the couch but I don’t think so. I am so… Continue reading The house I wouldn’t look at.