If I live to be 100 and raise 50 teenagers I will still never understand the working of the teenage brain! A mass of contradictions, completely void of connecting consequences to actions, and yet a precise grasp of loopholes that baffle you. We sit at the supper table discussing the new food before us. Enchiladas.… Continue reading Teenage Brain
The nature of a blog is that I communicate in words. Words are a vehicle through which I convey thoughts, feelings and ideas that hope to provoke thought, inspire or inform. Words aren't the same for everyone. My head is full of them all the time. They are tools to express a rich thought life… Continue reading Words
About 2 years ago I was toying with the idea of writing a blog... I've always wanted to write and I thought a weekly blog might be a way to try it out! So I committed to write a blog post and have it up by Friday every week for a year. I knew if… Continue reading 100
"Oh, they forgot the straws!" I said as we drove away from the drive thru window... Not an insurmountable crisis as we are all more than capable of taking off the lids of our cups and drinking our beverages. We were off to enjoy a bike ride along the Sturgeon River and had decided to… Continue reading Learning the hard way
I got to visit San Francisco twice. Once on a road trip where my girlfriend and I drove from Seattle to San Francisco, and once on a Mother/Daughter trip with my mom and and 2 sisters. Both times were enjoyable and I highly recommend San Francisco as a great place to visit. We did all… Continue reading Entitled
Today I have nothing to say. Not because there is nothing going on... but because I have no words at the moment. Sometimes life is like that. I might just need time to process. It might be that things are a little too fresh to share. Being a foster parent can be hard. You invest… Continue reading Nothing
How did you learn about money? Were you given a set allowance as a kid, or were you able to earn money by completing chores? Was money something that magically appeared now and then only when it was gifted to you? Did you learn about budgeting or did you just get it and spend it...… Continue reading Money
What is resilience and why does it matter? Have you ever noticed how some people can seem to keep going against incredible odds? They have challenge after challenge and seem to spring up and keep going with a reasonably cheerful outlook on life. Then there are others who break a nail and need a mental… Continue reading Resilience
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!