“Not everyone can foster, but everyone can help.”

This is such a powerful statement because it is 100% true. Today a woman called me and said that she had seen our information about Project 77 and wanted to sponsor an orphan. As she told me part of her story I felt so much compassion for her, she had such a big heart. She wanted to help but is not in a place to foster herself, so she set out to find a way.

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My daughter doesn’t love me...YET

Last week I said the words aloud, “my daughter does better with everyone else but me. My daughter doesn’t love me yet.” Instead of peace and a sense of healing, I felt more wounded. Her typical behaviors this week felt like they salted a now-exposed wound. Any little roll of her eyes, any toy heaved my direction, every huff when given a direction exposed my irritation towards her even further. They say that identifying the fear and the emotion is the first step. But what is the second? As I prayed over our home, toiled over the frustration, spoke with my husband and observed our family this week, I found it difficult to determine a next step on this foster journey. How do I move into finding reconciliation and peace in our home with my newfound realization?

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Everyone But Me

Our family recently returned from our annual west coast trip to see family for the holidays. Now this was not just a feat because we survived a lengthy trip with layovers, luggage and traveling with four small children. It was a feat because I was able to figure out what has been bothering me the last few months on our current journey fostering.

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Are you a mom?

Something struck me today that I never thought would. What makes me a mom? At what point did I become a mom? Does being a foster mom count??

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Everyone Has a Bad Day

Some days are just simply harder than others.  Some days, you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and just feel grumpy. 

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Redeeming Stories

Standing still, mind swirling, paralyzed, my mouth dry and unable to find words. The moment stood still for me and I felt like the world went fuzzy all around me. I was still and quiet for the first time on our foster care journey. 

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We Will Always Love Them

Today was a rough morning day and it is not even 8:30am...

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We All Have Buttons

“Oh good gracious, if this child does that one more time I may lose it and have a meltdown myself.” 

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Expectations

I recently completed an interview for a training that I attended in October. The interview was a two hour process with a series of questions that explored my attachment style and how it affects my approach to parenting the children in my home. They finished the assessment with the following question, “what do you hope your children will learn as a result of how you parented them?” 

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