• 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…

  • Birthday Escape Room/Scavenger Hunt - Ephraim is SEVEN!
    LIVING

    Birthday Escape Room/Scavenger Hunt & Interview – Ephraim is SEVEN!

    Last week was Ephraim’s seventh birthday! Honestly, I always get a little teary on his birthday when I think about how we missed the first year and a half of his life but I’m so thankful that we’ve been able to spend the last five and a half together. Since we weren’t doing a party on his birthday (we’ll do one when we can) I wanted to make the day a little more special and so I decided he would find his gift at the end of an escape room/scavenger hunt. I made a video of his birthday but I also wanted to write out how we did the escape…

  • Learning Through Play - A Day in the Life of Our Unschooling Homeschool
    HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING

    Learning Through Play – A Day in the Life of Our Unschooling Homeschool

    Welcome to a peek into our homeschool/life! The weather was finally warm enough that we were able to spend a lot of the day outside, I’ve been waiting for this weather for six months!     I would love it if you would take a few minutes and subscribe to my channel and leave a comment on the video!     RESOURCES MENTIONED heatless curls video   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

  • 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

  • DIY Escape Room Style Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for Kids
    HOMESCHOOL,  PARENTING

    Escape Room Style Easter Scavenger Hunt

    I had so much fun making an Escape Room for the kids a few weeks ago I knew I wanted to use what I had learned during that process and make an Escape Room Style Easter Scavenger Hunt. I didn’t take any photos during the hunt because I was having so much fun watching them figure everything out but I’ll explain exactly what we did. I’ll even share all the clues we made and you can use them as is if that works for you/your home or you can change them or use different clues but using what I share as a guide. One of the ways I know the…

  • 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…