Bloom Where Planted

Bloom Where Planted

I’ve told people before: “God can use you anywhere!” “Where you’re at doesn’t matter as much as what you’re doing.” And a favorite quote from a Bible School teacher on where to serve as a missionary, “The worst that could happen is if you go to the wrong place, the wrong people get saved!” But [...]

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Mixed Feelings on Mother's Day

Mixed Feelings on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day…I have to admit, as I sit here thinking about it,¬†I have very mixed feelings. On the one hand: I think about our baby we miscarried 3 years ago this month. I think about how I thought we’d have more kids in our home by now. I think about this past year temporarily mothering [...]

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I love This Age!

I love This Age!

I remember when Gracia was still tiny my Mom telling me to enjoy every stage. She said each stage has its challenges and it’s highlights. It’s so true. Getting up at night (challenge) lots of cuddles (highlight). Getting into things (challenge), hearing little hands and knees following me around the house (highlight). Learning to talk [...]

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The Safe Child Book - A Review

The Safe Child Book – A Review

I’ve actually been putting off writing a review of this book, not because it’s not good, but the opposite, it’s so good I don’t know what things to say and what to leave out! Who would I recommend¬†The Safe Child Book* to? Parents, babysitters, daycare workers, kids ministry workers at churches, teachers, and basically anyone [...]

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How Fostering is Changing Us

How Fostering is Changing Us

These last couple of weeks have been a little abnormal, with my uncle passing away, us having Big Sis and Little Bro for a weekend and then Gracia was running a fever yesterday….so that’s why there haven’t been any posts in a while. Last weekend we had Big Sis and Little Bro again. We took [...]

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6 Ways Fostering Helped Our Parenting

6 Ways Fostering Helped Our Parenting

We’d been parents to one child for 5 years, then Little Dude was added to our family for about 2 and half months, during which time we had Big Sis and Little Bro added for 8 days. One thing I didn’t really see coming with these additions to our family was how it would affect [...]

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Good-Bye Little Dude

Earlier this week, right after Little Dude had left for his second overnight visit, we got a call saying that he would be going home…to stay. Part of the team was just going to let him stay there and not come back at all. Thankfully some of the team recommended that he come back with [...]

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Why We're Foster Parents

Why We’re Foster Parents

      I’ve thought about writing this post for a very long time. Part of me really wants to share it and the other part of me, the part that doesn’t like to be vulnerable, wants to just stay silent on the matter. But after thinking about it, I want to be able to [...]

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My Frustrations in the Store...

My Frustrations in the Store…

Heading out of Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago trying to figure out how to get these kids to obey me.”Once we get into the van, what can I say that will finally click in their little heads to realize how they need to act in a store? Do I need to use a different form [...]

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My Very First Mother's Day...

My Very First Mother’s Day…

      It was a Sunday…of course, since Mother’s Day is always on Sunday, and I was in the bathroom getting ready for church, while almost one year old Gracia splashed in the bathtub. I noticed in the reflection of the mirror she was holding something and putting it up to her mouth, I [...]

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