Party or Pass? The way we celebrate birthdays in a family of 12.

We have chosen to celebrate what we consider “big” birthdays for only certain years in our family. Why you wonder? The obvious answer would be…”Oh, with so many kids, I can see why you wouldn’t plan parties for each child for every birthday…the expense, the time...” But that is just not the case. Each of our… Continue reading Party or Pass? The way we celebrate birthdays in a family of 12.


Family Traditions and Foster Children

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

Attention Shoppers!

There are no .25 cent socks left at the local drugstore because I just Bought. Them. All. Who else is a sucker for a good deal?!?!? I innocently stopped out for cough and cold medicine last night on my way to get the baby from daycare and there it was- the glorious 75% off clearance… Continue reading Attention Shoppers!

It’s not the full moon.

This is the destruction that one breakfast leaves behind. We don’t have a dishwasher for 2 reasons. I set the only one we ever did have on fire a few years ago and we replaced it with another fridge. Every meal would be another load of dishes and we would just create a vicious cycle… Continue reading It’s not the full moon.

Lists, Bins, Naps, or Jesus

I can never go more than a few days without the infamous question “So how exactly do you do it all? With 10 kids, 2 jobs outside the home in addition to our rental properties and my newest blogging adventure it does seem like quite a lot to be able to cover it all. And… Continue reading Lists, Bins, Naps, or Jesus

‘Twas the season… to meet “Moose”

It was just after Thanksgiving, our big adoption had finalized that past year and things were really feeling “settled”. We hadn’t ended our time as foster parents entirely, knowing that we could provide respite to friends of ours and that we would have a quicker connection to any resources we would possibly need in the… Continue reading ‘Twas the season… to meet “Moose”

… when it’s not our story to tell.

For all the stories I have to share there are a million more that you will never get to hear. I don’t think of myself as an extremely private person, and since all of my children are now adopted, I am not necessarily bound by the guidelines of foster care right now, so there is… Continue reading … when it’s not our story to tell.

The North Pole is COLD. And other revelations brought on by the kids.

About 5 years ago, a good friend of mine invited me and the younger half to the North Pole (the NY edition of course). There is a tiny theme park filled with loads of nostalgic rides and SANTA but you know what else I learned about the good ole North Pole. It’s cold. Really... the… Continue reading The North Pole is COLD. And other revelations brought on by the kids.

The year that even the dog left us…

It was the most wonderful (crazy, chaotic) time of the year… -Our youngest was turning 5 -We had just gained four new family members ages 1, 3, 6, and 7 -Thanksgiving and Christmas were just around the corner So what else could we worry about? There was so much on our plates…the “to-do” list was… Continue reading The year that even the dog left us…

“He knows where we live this year!”

Sometimes right in the middle of a low point, you realize how much lower it could really be. Foster care has grown Bob and I in ways we never thought possible. We have been forever changed in areas of our lives that we didn’t even know were broken and our family has been humbled to… Continue reading “He knows where we live this year!”