Weekend Reading | Feb. 5

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. 12 Things Adopted/Foster Children Wish You Knew Most of my clients...more

Older Child Adoption | What I Would Have Done Differently

For various reasons, the three older kids are not living at home. One wants to return, the other two are desperately trying to find their wings so that they can fly the nest for good. With more mental margin than I’ve had in years, I’ve been reflecting over our experience of adopting older kids and what I would have done differently ....more

Jonas 2016

When did they start naming blizzards?!? Remember when it was just The Blizzard of 2003?...more

Don’t Let Trauma Fool You

********* Background: I make eggs for my son...more

Why “Homeschool” isn’t “School at Home”

January 24-30 is National School Choice Week. Maybe you’re considering homeschooling but are intimidated by that “school” word or can’t imagine fighting your child ALL. DAY ....more

Weekend Reading | Jan. 22

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Childhood trauma, by any other name is still...more

Foto Flashback Friday

Having a nephew around has been like early grandparenthood. All the fun of a baby with none of the work It’s hard to believe Big Jae is so big that he’ll be 2 this year! These are some photos from 2 summers ago ....more

A Heartfelt Thank You

To the person who donated gifts to my foster kids: I don’t know if you donated at church, or at Social services, or through work. I can’t tell you directly because I don’t know how your generosity found its way to my living room. But maybe someone will share this, and you’ll see it, and you’ll know: Thank you ....more

Current Life Hacks

The beginning of a new year seems like an apropos time to reveal some of our current life hacks. None of the links are affiliate. I have no motivation for sharing other than, well, wanting to ....more

Weekend Reading | Jan. 8

Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads. Tetris Shown to Lessen PTSD and Flashbacks Researchers are now corroborating what some trauma sufferers have happened upon by chance: Focusing on a highly engaging visual-spatial task, such as playing video games, may significantly reduce the occurrence of flashbacks, the mental images concerning the trauma that intrude on the sufferer afterward ....more