Blog Archives

Category: Foster Parenting

Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 2, 2013

Make a Difference Monday: 8 Ways to Prepare Your Children to Welcome Kids in Foster Care

Are you considering becoming a foster parent? If you have children, you may wonder how you can best prepare them for the arrival of foster kids in their home.  //As posted on New Rythm Project// Discuss your intent to foster and your reasons for opening your home to children in need. When a mother is expecting another baby, both parents begin talking to their older child(ren) months before the due date, to prepare them for a sibling. Kids also deserve to know about children coming to your family through foster care, as far in advance as possible. And as you talk about […]

Read more »
Advocate Wednesdays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 14, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: A Clear Concept

When I stop and think about my day, my schedule, my kids, duties, responsibilities, appointments, my teaching and correcting; it really isn’t all that clear. I mean, I know what I need to do or what I should do, but it doesn’t always happen. As my day goes, things get pushed aside or completely knocked off with higher priority things. One thing that is always clear is my relationship with my Creator! No matter what time of day it is or what is going on, I know that where I am at, is where He needs me to be! He […]

Read more »
Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingAug. 1, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: On a Thursday!

I am guessing the first thing you noticed is the glaring realization I am a day behind in writing this blog entry. Just that mere fact describes my week. So, let me sum it up for you…. 6 children in the home (4 of which are 3 years old or younger); approximately 20 or more wet/stinky diapers a day; endless amounts of sippy cups; sticky floors from all the spilled milk and juice; not-stop question asking with no satisfying answers; some hitting and biting from time to time; and a never-ending messy house.  And, all that is just in the […]

Read more »
Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJul. 19, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Do. Right.

Originally posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 I’ve been struck with a perspective adjustment recently- the “rightness” of our actions doesn’t mean the outcome will be pleasant.  I was thinking about this as I read through a fellow adoptive mama’s words of grief about a child who has chosen to reject her love.  Does that mean it was wrong to adopt him?  I thought about it again with a friend who is loving a baby for just a brief moment of potentially days or weeks before Baby lands in her permanent home.  This will be an act of love and […]

Read more »
Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 14, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: We’re having a (foster) BABY!

Okay, so not “we” as in Brian and I, but “we” as in our church community.  Over the last couple years we’ve been blessed to have a bunch of little foster babies make their debut.  Some have been with us just for a season, or for a weekend of respite care and some have ended up permanent members of our family.  I couldn’t be prouder of how families have chosen to help children in crisis either by fostering or by supporting our foster families. But it wasn’t always this way in our fostering journey.  In part because we weren’t always […]

Read more »
Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingJun. 5, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: Guest Post, a foster care journey

Life was good…no, life was REALLY good…as in picture perfect good. We’d been married for about three years, had one sweet, curly head daughter that always said her “pleases” and her “thank you’s”. We were on the farm, had a big warm house, and had plenty to eat.  It really couldn’t have been more perfect…until one day God, in His still, small voice asked, “what are you doing for me?”  I am not sure how it happened, but my husband and I both knew instantly that he was talking about us and our relationship, or lack thereof, to the poor, […]

Read more »
Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 24, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Foster Shame

Everyone knows foster care is hard.  If you didn’t know it going in, you’d know it by the time you told the first person you were going to foster parent.  We’ve all heard the responses or even said them ourselves.  ”I could never do that.”  ”How could you ever stand to give the child back?”  ”Those kids come with all kinds of problems.”  ”I’d never want to deal with those parents.”  ”You really want the government involved with your family?”  ”The system is SO messed up.” While it’s discouraging to hear those responses, there’s a nugget of truth in each […]

Read more »
Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 17, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Real Thoughts from a Single Foster Mama

As I walk through this journey of foster care, Jamie and I stand to applaud the single women we know embarking on this journey of middle motherhood. As they share their stories, they each have refused to settle for what the world considers would be the normal next step for them. They’ve jumped when it has been scary, trusted when it’s been dark. When you consider the places you could join the trenches of foster care without actually become a foster parent, here it is. Upfront, right in your face. They are not called to do this alone. Become their “hands of Hur,” […]

Read more »
Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingMay. 15, 2013

Advocate Wednesdays: A foster care journey

It was just over five years ago. I sat with Jamie in the old Lifeline Children’s Services building on their blue couch. He held my hand. He was there because he knew this is what I wanted more than anything. Even with three boys four and under, I knew we were called to adopt. We had her name, Frankie Joy, after me, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother. We jumped on board with Uganda. It was Lifeline’s brand, spankin’ new program. Our journey would be fresh. That night we came home, and Jamie prayed a prayer I will never forget. I […]

Read more »
Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 3, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: "Why I Love Lambert"

 A couple nights ago we decided to do a family movie time with the kids.  We made some pizza and the kids picked out “The Fox and the Hound”.  They enjoyed it well enough, but after the final credits rolled I remembered there were some Disney shorts left to play.  So we sat with our three adopted kids snuggled in our laps and watched “Lambert the Sheepish Lion” together.  And (of course) I cried. As I’ve discussed before, publicly stating you enjoy something with an adoption theme can get you critiqued.  I’m sure there are ways this isn’t a great adoption […]

Read more »
Page: 1 ... 41 42 43 44 45

Site Search

Connect with your Area!

Featured Links

Gobena Coffee Lifesong for Orphans Podcast