Can you think of another commonly seen statement that is overwhelmingly untrue! The idea that one size will work for everyone is a great theory... but it just isn't true! Not even in hats! I have seen it amended to read One Size Fits Most... but even that is problematic. Our Foster Son completed a… Continue reading One Size Fits All
Love is an action word. It isn't a fluttery feeling in your stomach although it can cause that. It isn't flowers and chocolates although those things can be an expression of love. It isn't romance although we all see love in the midst of romance. This past weekend my son got married. A wedding is… Continue reading Love
This week I grieved. We have many reasons to celebrate and I want to engage fully in the weekend ahead and yet sorrow kept welling up. So I let myself experience the grief. Grief is a sneaky emotion. It doesn't really follow the rules and is prone to invade at the worst possible moments. This… Continue reading Grief
"Don't turn the frying pan on if it's going to take you 10 minutes to get your eggs in there!" These were my words of frustration as I walked into the kitchen to see a smoking frying pan and my Foster Son standing staring off into space as he shook his eggs in a container.… Continue reading Say what you mean
Have you ever wondered why some days or weeks just seem to be loaded with things that get you down? Why do things seem to pile up on certain days? I had a couple of those days... A comic from Nathan Pyle Strange Planet I got up in the morning and started rushing to get… Continue reading Be kind to yourself
As we approach Halloween I see more and more decorations out that celebrate the macabre. A house down the street from us has skeletons climbing over the house, and it's lit up at night with eerie purple lights. I smiled when I saw it... thought, "Cute." Cute? Really? How did symbols of death and mortality… Continue reading Fear
I have been thinking a lot about values lately. There are things that we assume are universal that are actually just a part of our value system. It is very disruptive when we run into people that don't hold the same values we do. The thing is, we often don't recognize that something is a… Continue reading Values
How do you feel about change? What is your first response when something changes? Things are changing all around us in the midst of this pandemic. Things we thought would always be the same are suddenly different. Our home has had quite a few changes in the last little while. Those changes have ranged from… Continue reading Change
How much do you do to support another person? When does helping become enabling or even hurting? How do you know when you've reached the line? These are all questions we have been asking ourselves the last little while. As Foster Parents we have been thrown into a world that is new to us. The… Continue reading How much?
How do you deal with setbacks? When something is in between you and a goal what is your response? How hard are you willing to fight to overcome it? I think the answer probably has something to do with whether or not you can see the end goal clearly. This past weekend we were scheduled… Continue reading Setbacks
What do you do when you feel cranky? Do you recognize it quickly or are you oblivious until you lose your cool? I've heard a lot about people being cranky the last few days. Covid-19 fatigue is one of the things that comes up. I've felt it, although I have no specific reason I can… Continue reading Cranky
What do you need today? Not "What do you want?", we all have a lot of those... I want the sun to shine, I want the kids to get up on time, I want someone to make supper... but what do you actually need? We all have basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and purpose.… Continue reading See a need. Fill a need.
If you had told us last year that masks would be a normal part of life this fall we would have found it inconceivable that such a drastic change could take place. Yet here we are. Masks used to be something you only saw on medical professionals or contractors doing dirty work. When I traveled… Continue reading Masks
Well it's that time of year when students are headed back to school! But for the first time ever, everybody is headed to something new! Even if your child has attended the same school for several years, this year will be like no other. Almost everything will be different. The crowded hallways and busy chatter,… Continue reading The New School
I love to travel! I love the adventure of seeing a new place, exploring what makes it different, learning about it's history and experiencing it's sights, sounds and tastes. I love sharing it with other people. Travel has always been good for me... even on the trips where there were challenges and misadventures. When we… Continue reading Travel