I took for granted so many things a year ago. There was a level of normal that I didn't even recognize! Last year at this time we were planning birthday parties for our foster children and talking about court dates and PGO and summer plans with no idea what was coming! As we approach the… Continue reading Life in 3D
If someone was to walk into your life today and take a snapshot what would it reveal? Our photo albums (or phones) are filled with snapshots... we tend to keep the good ones. We like to record the moments of our lives that make us smile. But what if you had no say on what… Continue reading Snapshot
Choices... we all make them. Every day. Some choices are simple and whatever you choose will probably be fine. Whether I wear the grey socks or the green socks today isn't likely to change anything about my day, but it's still a choice I have to make. Cereal or toast for breakfast? Wear a sweater… Continue reading Choices
Teaching kids the responsibilities of life is a tough job. You'd think the basics would be simple... be nice, look after your stuff, do what you're supposed to do... I can't even get past those without thinking of the challenges. I mentioned in a previous post the quick Social Media check that revealed there was… Continue reading When is it good enough?
Reflecting on one more blog post from 2020. Many people started 2020 talking about clear vision. What do you need clarity in? I touched on it in this blog post... https://othermother.blog/2020/01/10/2020-clarity/ So what became clearer for you in 2020? We all started the year with a certain level of optimism and hope for what could… Continue reading Hindsight for 2020
Well... we made it! 2020 is over. I had a look back at my first posts of 2020 and thought I would reflect on then and now! https://othermother.blog/2020/01/03/resolutions/ My first post of the year I reflected on the resolutions most people make at the beginning of the year. Somehow when we reflect back on the… Continue reading Resolved for 2021
Merry Christmas to all! I hope your day is filled with much to be thankful for and the knowledge that you are loved! It has been fun to celebrate with two very excited Foster Children who know what to expect this year! They were talking about nothing but stockings and opening presents for the last… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
The latest restrictions because of the Covid-19 Pandemic have me thinking about why we do the things we do. Are you the kind of person who adheres to the Letter of the Law? Or are you the person who looks for the Loopholes? I think it says a lot about how you see your world.… Continue reading Loophole or Letter of the Law
More restrictions. No way to get over this other than to go through it. You can look for the loop holes... or you can stop whining and complaining and look for ways to make this an amazing Christmas. Be creative. Be Positive. Inspire hope. Spread peace. Act in love. Let there be joy! There are… Continue reading Covid Can’t Stop Christmas
This week I have been surprised by hope! Let me back up and tell you the story. Our Foster Son was on the receiving end of some consequences this week. Our decision was to take away all screen time for 5 days. For a teen this is the equivalent of ripping out an eye on… Continue reading Hope in unexpected places
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