My family has been engaging in foster care for over six years. With each child who has entered our home, we have had new things to learn. We’ve needed to learn about that child’s experience and background so we can parent them from their needs — not Continue reading →
My family and I have been fostering for seven years. We have seen kiddos come and go, and some stay forever. Foster care has changed us in ways we imagined it would and Continue reading →
It was early on a dark, quiet Sunday morning, my time to read and journal, when I came across a Scripture that convicted me. I share it because this scripture passage has Continue reading →
Looking back on my childhood, I realize my brothers and I won the Parent Powerball! My mom and dad are high school sweethearts who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They raised three children with a dedication to each of them like no Continue reading →
Being a foster parent has been one of the best things I have ever done with my life. It has opened my eyes and changed who I am. It has changed how my family looks, and how we love and accept others. It has changed the number of chairs around our Continue reading →
Ten years ago, I was not thinking about becoming a foster parent. I was busy taking care of my family and friends’ children. But then, my daughter became a teenager who no longer needed me in the same way, and my husband got a great job as a musician. I Continue reading →
It can be hard to recognize who you were before you became a foster parent. If I would ask my husband who he was before fostering, he would probably respond, “I was not this tore up!”
Unfortunately, it is easier to recall negative experiences over positive, and there is a physiological reason why this happens. The brain handles positive and negative Continue reading →
Everyone loves a comeback. But it’s easy to forget that you can’t have a comeback without first having a setback. A failure.
No one is immune from setbacks. Even someone who achieved as much as Abraham Lincoln faced his share of failures. From 1832-58, he racked up a litany of setbacks Continue reading →
Almost a year ago we adopted our daughter, the girl who had been a part of our family for nearly four years. She came to us as a teeny tiny, vulnerable baby girl, and has grown into a slightly larger, even more beautiful, still vulnerable, baby girl.
Our adoption day was beautiful and perfect, and a little anti-climatic after considering our daughter a part of our family and our hearts for so long.
Instead of a huge adoption party, we chose to celebrate with Continue reading →