When You Feel Out of Control

Everything feels OUT.OF.CONTROL. I pull up the news and I see news stories laced in hatred and violence, death and illness. I watch in horror and it appears our world is out of control. I struggle at home to feel peace in a pandemic juggling working from home, finishing school and keeping structure. Finding balance and peace does not feel possible and it makes me feel out of control. I cannot keep up with the demands of everything and I can steadily feel my mental health declining by the minute and it makes it seem as though my emotions and stability feel out of control. The anxiety my children are experiencing from a lack of socializing, the absence of a routine outside the home, deprivation from normal things makes behaviors increase which causes at times our family to feel out of control.

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The Kavanaugh Family

Before they were even married the Kavanaughs knew fostering was in their future as a family. Chris grew up in foster care and Angie shared that she didn’t know what foster care was but once she learned Chris’ story their passion to pursue fostering grew. Once married they tried to determine the “right” time to foster and realized there would never be a perfect time, so they signed up for MAPPS classes and started the process.

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Gratefulness

Gratefulness has been the theme that has been on my mind lately. Thankfulness and gratefulness ring throughout scriptures as an anecdote to anxiety, fear and worry. And although I know logically that we have so much to be grateful for, sometimes, our grumbling and griping, especially in times like this, tend to take center stage as opposed to or blessings. I, as well as everyone else in my home needed a visual reminder.

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Once you have seen foster care for the crisis it is, you cannot un-see it

My husband said something oddly unexpected the other day. He looked at me and shared that he felt more content than he has in years. I let that happiness settle over me with awe. What does that feel like? To have peace rest over you and not yearn for more.

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Thank You

I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU!

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Soaring Part 1

There are four general wing shapes that are common in birds: Passive soaring, active soaring, elliptical wings, and high-speed wings.

Passive soaring wings have long primary feathers that spread out, creating "slots" that allow the bird to catch vertical columns of hot air called "thermals" and rise higher in the air. Examples of birds with this wing type include eagles, most hawks, and storks. The Bald Eagle is a classic example of a bird with passive soaring wings.

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Why it is okay to Lament in the Pandemic

I've definitely had my emotional meltdown in this pandemic, which as Ashley so eloquently described to us, was indeed freeing.Our lives, as so many of yours took a dramatic “full speed ahead approach” to a staggering halt, at a rate that quite frankly bewildered all of us. That bewilderment began to show itself in all kinds of 7 different ways on the home front.

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From Fear to Joy

This has been a season in my life where it has been difficult to put pen to paper and process the world around me. Which is ironic because my world is literally smaller than it has ever been. My physical world consists of the several rooms in my home, and the deck in my backyard. That is it. This confined space has been my whole world for over a month now.

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Mindfulness

It’s hard. I know.

Among a variety of books, on a grand bookcase in our living room, I have two that are entitled, “A Year of Living Mindfully” (Week by week mindfulness meditations for a more contented and fulfilled life) and “Mindful Journaling” (Rewrite the script of your life).

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How has it been a whole year already??

My husband and I are only a couple of days away from celebrating the one-year anniversary of our son coming into our lives. As it approaches I can’t help but think of all the amazing memories we have made together. I think of the beauty we experienced despite the sad days, the hard days and now we look forward to all the days that are ahead of us.

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