You know how sometimes someone says one thing or tells one story and ***poof*** something else in your brain clicks and you are surprised by those connecting synapses?? (I think Oprah deemed it an “aha moment”) Well- let me share one with you from last night’s conversations with friends. First, let me back up and… Continue reading Putting my heart in check.
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.
The other day I called a “family meeting”. On a laughable side note, I think the kids thought we might be welcoming yet another family member- in hindsight we’ve had these meetings before when something big is about to change, but I digress. This was not about a new family member, it was about US… Continue reading When a teachable moment doesn’t appear on its own…
Adoption can be a long process from start to finish, no matter how you go about it. Sometimes an adoption that is started in infancy isn’t finalized until preschool, and sometimes you don’t meet your precious child until they are already in the 5th grade. At some point, even years after a newborn adoption, questions… Continue reading Teaching Your Child’s School About Adoption
The journey of adoption is mentally exhausting. You plan for months or even years to bring home your new baby or child. You make sure everything is set up perfectly for their arrival, you get your paperwork in order, and you open your hearts and your home to caseworkers, among many others, just to make… Continue reading What Is the Truth About Pregnancy After Adoption?
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
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…
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.