Some folks have asked for our Croup Soup recipe. Really its just our Chocolate Kale Smoothie with some ice chips for that sore throat. Here ya go!Read More
There were a couple important things Therapist Mom wanted to carry forward from her childhood that were super special and a couple things I did not want to repeat from my own. The following were our big-ticket items, how we graded our success and some things we’d change for the rolling out of future seasons of magic.Read More
There is a beautiful girl in my home who needs a family to commit to her and love her forever. And while she waits for that home, we wait in our home together.Read More
Resources on how to talk to your kids about WTF is happening.Read More
In the summer, we do beaches & bad food, fall is very much about apple picking & orchard life, along with warm layers, walks in the woods, and baking apple crisp. Spring...still have to work that one out. But the first half of winter...OBVI THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!Read More
I think a lot about what it takes for a kiddo to want to say out loud, to someone else that they're hurt, especially after there has been so many people and so much hurt, and so little apology. When life has not offered you glimpses of empathy, or repair you have no reason to believe these things exist and therefore when you are faced with people trying to repair or connect, you shun or skim around it because it's weird and uncomfortable and what are they even trying to get away with here anyway?Read More
There are many moments I have experienced throughout our foster care journey I imagine I will not ever lose the feeling of: seeing Tiny for the first time in his little tattered, stained carseat, hearing Mr. T scream and claw his way out of his co-sleeper with night terrors, hearing my kids' birth Mom cry in a way only a parent who knows they chose a better life for their kids at the expense of their heart can. I will add walking out of the room with Mr. T looking confused and anxious sitting with a stranger who is in our life because of a case opened on just me. The case of just me, as it were.Read More
In the summer you came to live with us, you and your big sister moved in for a weekend, while the grown ups in charge searched for a home for the two of you to live and grow up big and strong in. They were looking for a family that wanted to adopt you and be your parents forever.Read More
In the end the biggest reason I wanted to say yes to being a home for our biggest kiddos was that I wanted our boys to know that our family did a really hard thing, all together, when it mattered, because it was the right thing to do. And that in essence this is the way we write our family story.Read More
Our conversation this morning went like this:
Me: I think we should start hotlining again.
The Artist: Okay. So Let's talk about how that works.
Me: I dunno. I mean we just make it work, I guess.Read More
Foster parents are responsible for the well-being of kids in crisis & transition. We open our homes because we want to help. What a lot of folks don't realize is that they can help, too. Or assist. Assists win games.Read More
Our ultimate Foster Care Children’s Book list. We sourced all the books we could get our hands on that tell the story of foster care, separation and uncertainty. Here are our current favorites.
We're still painfully new at this mom thing. In recognition of Mother's Day, we hash out a few things. First = Therapist Mom. Last = Artist Mom.Read More
We first talked about finding a therapist for Mr. Toddler a year ago. We talked, and talked, did some looking around and in the end made some decisions that worked for our family, but the entire process was so tricky it gave me pause. Being a therapist, and one who works with kids at that, gives me insider trading info here, and even with all my work knowledge the process was just confusing. So I decided to write out my thoughts on how we navigated this way back when, and some thoughts on the business of finding a therapist for kiddos in foster care.Read More