Family Day

  It seems much longer than five years, and in some ways like only yesterday, that we brought home our little girl. She was 8 years old and was ready for a forever home.  Our process to bring her home was akin to riding a roller coaster while being shot at with a machine gun....more

Great Minds

    Yesterday I was blessed to hear Temple Grandin and Alex Plank speak their words of wisdom. Both are on the autism spectrum and have never let that hold them back. Dr. Temple Grandin has revolutionized the beef industry, written books and professional literature, and is a professor. She has designed all kinds of things for the beef farmers and has captivated anyone with an interest in autism. Yesterday parents, teachers, and other people with autism listened to as she captivated the auditorium....more

Why I'm Blue

Every now and then, we do a post that isn't food related at all, but rather related to something that has a special place in our hearts, and this is one of those posts....more

Born In My Heart---a Valentine for my Daughter

Imagine if we knew when a life changing event was about to be set in motion.  How would we react when one of those simple things that sets the proverbial snowball rolling in our lives?  I hope I would react better than I did a few years ago.  I had no idea that this woman’s simple request would not only tug at our hearts, it would add to our family. ...more

Giving Your Heart: Work

Somehow, Joy (my sister) and I have both entered professions dealing with children. I have taught special education in the same small town for many years and Joy works at a children's psychiatric facility. ...more

What About Me?

This is my first post at Blogher. I'm not sure what took me so long to get here. I've been blogging for almost 10 years. The first few were at a small community that is pretty tight knit. I think it gave me a foundation for my blogging style and where I want to go.   Me? I'm mid 40's, married, a teacher, a mother. We have a blended family, an adoption through foster care, and help with our parents who are aging too fast for our hearts. I'm a Christian who tries to do the right things in life but often fail because my mouth moves faster than my brain.    ...more