• 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. 😉…

  • 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…

  • A Look Inside Our Simple Homeschool Week - Unschooling
    FOSTER CARE,  LIFE

    How COVID-19 Has Affected Life – So Far

    So, I thought it would be interesting to document some of the ways the Coronavirus has been changing our life. I’m curious if when we look back years from now this will just be a little blip in our lives or if it will have affected every day life. When I was a teenager I used to keep a journal, but in the last few years this space has become my journal so this is where I will document it.     Just a little timeline to start: Monday, March 9th – friends who were in China but had spent the last number of weeks in Thailand due to the…

  • How to Entertain Your Kids & Make Sure They Are Ready for Next Year - Suddenly Homeschooling
    FOSTER CARE

    How Has Fostering Affected My Children? – Foster Care Q&A Series

    Welcome to week two of this Foster Care Q&A series! If you have any questions you would like me to answer throughout this series feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.     Today’s question is one that I wondered about before we started and I have had a few people as about. While we felt like we were being called to foster we also knew that we didn’t want to do it at the expense of our children.   How Has Fostering Has Affected My Children? And just like the first question in this series, there is no straightforward answer. I find there are two…