The Adoption Courtroom

The adoption courtroom.

If you’ve been there, you know this is a room flooded with emotions. The adoption courtroom filled my soul with all of those incredible emotions.

I cried tears of joy… I cried tears of grief.

The same tears I cried during each…

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Grounding Anxiety

For some, the holiday season can be overwhelming.  It can bring feelings of depression to someone who is working through a tough time in life.  It can also brings feelings of anxiety with all there is to be done and the many extra events and outings this the holiday season brings. 

It’s during these times that I am often reminded to slow down through the busyness and keep checking om our kiddos.  We have one little who gets especially overwhelmed on busy days and over-stimulation. 

If your child deals with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, try these two sensory-engaging methods to help ground them and bring them back to a state of calm.  

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Sending A Little Off To Preschool

We did it!  We signed up our little boy for preschool last week.

In just a couple days, we will wake up, get ready, and take our first baby to first-ever first day of school.  

He will be dropped off, and have a great time, and I will try not to cry as we’ve reached this big milestone with our first “baby.” Parenting is quite a journey, and as our kids grow, our plans change from time to time…

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Foster Challenge 2018: Part 2

What is foster care? It’s much of what you might think, and maybe a little of what you wouldn’t… Check out a snapshot of our Fostering experience: The First & Last Night, Preventing Burnout, A Day In My Life, Change, Training, Encouragement, Caseworkers, Adoption, Reunification…

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Foster Challenge 2018: Part 1

Check out a snapshot of our Fostering experience.
Introduction, Statistics In Our Area, Our Story to Foster Care, Attachment, Reform In Foster Care, Foster Care “F” Words, Birth Families/First Families, Foster Care Tribe, Asking For Help, A Funny Story, and more!

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Helping Children with BIG Emotions

When you have a child with big emotions – be it toddler life, teen life, or trauma life – don’t underestimate the power of aromatherapy!  Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a powerful addition to your child’s therapy sessions, daily routines and coping method practices. We have read books and attended training classes about the behaviors we may see with drug-exposed infants as they get older.  Boy have we seen a fair share…

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Kids With Big Emotions + Essential Oils We Use With Our Kids Daily

When you have a child with big emotions – be it toddler life, teen life, or trauma life – don’t underestimate the power of aromatherapy!  Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a powerful addition to your child’s therapy sessions, daily routines and coping method practices.

I wanted to show you all what I use with my kids on a DAILY basis!

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Our First Night Home With Our First Foster Placement

I remember receiving what must have been a dozen phone calls over the course of a week… just waiting for a placement.
We waited… and waited… and waited.  I thought, “Surely, there is a child out there for us.  During training classes, we heard nonstop about the great need for willing families.” 

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Asking For Help As A Foster Parent

Oh man. Where do I begin? I’ll be honest when I say this prompt* caught me on a bad day. A really. bad. day. And even when I’m about done, and about to my breaking point.  I still find it hard to ask for help. I can’t speak for all foster parents, but I know […]

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All About Our Foster Care Organization Binder Sets

With all the paperwork we’re handed left and right as foster parents, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right place for it all!  It can be a hassle not to mix up papers between kids, and even worse to lose important documents!  With our very first placement, we…

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Our Story to Foster Care

To be honest, our foster care journey caught us completely by surprise.  Foster care and adoption was something that was always in our hearts, but not at the forefront of our minds.  The idea of ever fostering or adopting never came up in conversation as we got to know each other during our season of dating… or after marriage… or even when we spoke of starting of family.  It was only after…

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