• 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…

  • Foster Care FAQ - Should You Foster When Your Kids Are Little
    FOSTER CARE

    Do you think you would still foster if your own children were younger? – Foster Care Q&A Series

    I’m excited to kick off this Foster Care Q&A series! We’ve only been fostering for just over four months and I feel like I’ve been made keenly aware at how desperate the need for good foster families in my province (and I’m sure everywhere else too). Just a warning, if you talk to me and express an interest in fostering I will try to talk you into it. Now you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Prior to fostering I had a lot of questions and hesitations. With this series I hope to answer questions people have asked me as well as questions I was asking before we started (and…

  • Foster Care
    FOSTER CARE

    I’m Glad He’s Our Second Placement

    Little R2D2* has been with us for almost two weeks now and I’m so thankful he was our second placement. (*Originally I was going to call him Alfalfa here on the blog but he makes this noise that sounds just like R2D2 and the kids were adamant that his name here had to change, so R2D2, or R2 for short, it is.) Honestly, if he was our first placement I think we would have been lulled into a false sense of security and feeling like “we got this”. Our first placement was hard (for us) and now I can say it was a good thing. We’ve only been fostering for…

  • Changing Our Foster Care Range of Acceptance
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    Why We Changed Our Foster Care Range of Acceptance (and what we changed it to)

    While Buzz and Woody were still with us we knew we were going to change our range of acceptance for our next placement. Their social worker constantly raved about how well they were doing and how good our home was for them but the truth is, it wasn’t the best for our family. The three and a half months they were in our home wore on all four of us and our family as a whole. A lot of that we felt and were aware of and some of it we didn’t even realize until they were gone. I know God knew exactly what He was doing by putting those…

  • Fostering - taking another placement
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    And We’re Back at It

    Well, yesterday afternoon we had a social worker drop off a 17 month old boy so I guess we’re back at it! Originally, after Buzz and Woody left, we had been planning on taking a break for a few weeks but we took last weekend to hang out as a family and then did a quick little trip to Edmonton and actually felt rested and ready to take another placement. We did make some adjustments to our range of acceptance, which I’ll share more about in another post, but we did make the decision to only take one child this time. I don’t have an online name for our little…