• 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…

  • Foster Care - When the Kids Go Home
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    And Just Like That, They’re Gone

    Yesterday morning Buzz and Woody’s social worker phoned and started out the conversation “Sometimes the Ministry does things strange . . .” and then proceeded to tell us she would be picking them up in a few hours to reunite them with their birth family. That call was not expected. Earlier in the week we were told that the birth family had just made an effort to start the reunification process and the social worker said she wanted to take things slowly, with day visits and then overnights but she’d let us know more information at the end of the week. Well, that information resulted in us saying goodbye immediately,…

  • Thoughts on Fostering
    FOSTER CARE,  LIVING

    Honest Thoughts Three Months Into Fostering

    An alternate title I had for this post was: What Have We Gotten Into? We are just three months into our fostering journey and I wanted to write a post with some random, honest thoughts, similar to the one I wrote after the first month. I don’t know what the average length of placement is for fostering here but I would be curious to know. We’ve just had the one placement (Buzz & Woody) for the last three months (with no end in sight). I know some people who have had much longer placements and some much shorter.     HONEST THOUGHTS THREE MONTHS INTO FOSTERING   MOTHERING DOES NOT COME…

  • LIVING,  WEEK IN REVIEW

    The Christmas That Was

    Yeah, so that’s a pretty pathetic title but this Christmas is kind of the Christmas that was. There was a lot of sickness, overwhelm and exhaustion, it definitely wasn’t as exciting and restful as I had hoped.   + FROM THE WEEK + + Ephraim finished his medication for pneumonia just in time to celebrate Christmas. + we celebrated our immediate family Christmas on Christmas Eve and there were some awesome reactions from kids when they opened their presents, I’m glad I got it on video. + speaking of video, I intentionally filmed a number of different scenes from the week and am putting together a little Christmas week video.…

  • LIVING,  WEEK IN REVIEW

    Sickness Invades Our House Once Again & Merry Christmas!

    We just don’t seem to be able to banish sickness from our house, it’s been one thing after another and this week brought even more sickness to our home.   + FROM THE WEEK + + Monday was our thirteenth anniversary! Jared’s mom came over and watched the kids for the afternoon while we went out. We had a very romantic date of buying new glasses at Costco and shopping for stocking stuffers at Dollarama. Honestly though, it was just nice to get out of the house without kids. Unfortunately Jared was sick so it date ended earlier than we planned. + a random thing to note: you know how…

  • Week in Review
    LIVING,  WEEK IN REVIEW

    Unexpected Thanking, Funny Quotes & Christmas Choir

    I feel like these weekly reviews are getting later and later. Ideally I would like to write them on Sunday, usually it’s been Monday and this week it is Tuesday. Oh well, maybe next week.   + FROM THE WEEK + + I went to the doctor on Monday to follow up on my infected arm from last week and it was pretty much back to normal! Now there is just a sore that needs to heal but there was no more pus and my arm was no longer swollen. + Buzz and Woody had another visit this week and as we were loading the boys back into the van…