• One Year With R2D2 - Another Fostering Update
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    One Year With R2D2 – Another Fostering Update

    Wow, here we are. I can’t believe that today marks one year that R2D2 has been with us! This is the longest we’ve ever had a placement and truth be told: we’re pretty attached to him. The last year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, mainly because we have no idea what is going on with R2 in regards to how long he will be in our home. It feels like we just wrap our minds around one idea (like him staying or him going home soon) and then it changes. A couple of weeks ago I figured he would probably be out of our home by the end of…

  • Another Foster Care Placement
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    R2D2 Gets a Sidekick

    I had full intentions of writing a fostering update today. Next Saturday marks one year since R2D2 came into our home, I guess I’ll write that update next week, for now, here’s a mini (or not so mini) update. On Wednesday we got a call and on Thursday R2D2’s little sister came into our home. In sticking with the Star Wars theme, her nickname online will be BB8. BB8 was our one exception when we changed our range of acceptance last year. She isn’t quite six months old and as of right now we have no idea how long she’ll be here. I’m hoping to have more to share in…

  • One Year Fostering Update
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    One Year Fostering – The Good, The Hard & The Sad

    Yesterday marked a year since we had our first foster placement and I wanted to share a bit of a review of the year and an update since I haven’t shared a fostering update since May! This year has been the hardest year I’ve had in a long time, but honestly, also probably the most rewarding.     We honestly feel like so many others we know would be much better at this fostering thing than we are, so, we are praying God will work in all your hearts to take the step to get approved for foster care. Just a heads up for when God starts nudging you. ๐Ÿ˜‰…

  • Feeling Like a Failure as a Foster Parent
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    On Feeling Like a Failure

    This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend, so it feels pretty ironic that I am writing a post about feeling like a failure when it comes to mothering. The timing was not planned. I admitted here right off the bat that we were struggling ever since Cece was placed in our home. Our struggles were much more with ourselves than with her but for a number of reasons the placement was not a good fit and yesterday she ended up moving on to a different foster home at our request. This was not a simple decision.     It was the right decision for our family but I still feel guilty. I…

  • A Day in the Life of a Homeschool & Foster Mom - An Unschooling Day in the Life
    FOSTER CARE,  HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING

    A Day in the Life of a Homeschool & Foster Mom

    Welcome to a day in my life! I share a bit about our homeschool and foster care journey. If you want to see more videos like this, please let me know!       If you found the video interesting and/or helpful and would like to see more in the future please let me know!   RESOURCES MENTIONED dairy free hot cocoa recipe Lego Gadgets book line a day journal   OTHER LINKS curious about unschooling? I have a free online workshop on the topic. my monthly-ish newsletter homeschool newsletter personal instagram homeschool instagram our foster care timeline

  • Saying Yes to another foster care placement
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    It’s Been 10 Years Since I’ve had a Baby This Young (AKA We Said Yes to Another Placement)

    About two weeks ago I got a call from our social worker asking if we would be willing to accept another foster care placement. According to her they were planning on shutting down some emergency homes due to COVID-19. We agreed to have kids presented to us and we could decide on an individual basis if we would say yes to a placement or not. Later that week we got a call about a seven month old boy that we ended up saying no to. Mostly because he was not a great sleeper and lately R2 has been having some sleeping issues, and the only room we have for foster…