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Graduation is around the corner. Graduating from college is an accomplishment that is sadly reserved for only 9% of low-income students receive a college diploma.[source: CNN Money] Our amazing niece, Lydia, has overcome many obstacles, including growing up poor, to achieve the incredible accomplishment of […]

This Girl is in the 9 Percent That Accomplish This


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As a foster parent, I have never been privy to the removal of a child placed in foster care. The process after a child enters foster care is quite complicated and can have a number of outcomes. Before a child enter the foster care system, […]

How Children Enter the Foster Care System


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I lost my dad to cancer 29 years ago this week. One of my favorite memories of my dad was a funny recipe he created on Dr. Seuss’ birthday so many years ago. This memory still brings a smile to my face.  On March 2nd […]

Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Party Snack



This is so true. You must make your new child feel safe. Especially with foster care adoption.
One major mistake I made when my two sons came home as older children, was treating them the same as I treated my biological child. Since all my children were similar in age, I expected they would have similar interests, and we would connect in […]

The First Step in Bonding with Your Adopted Child



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As a trauma mama to a traumatized child, I can sometimes feel so overwhelmed and hopeless when experiencing the secondary trauma from my child’s past. {Have you joined our private Facebook community?} At our new church home in the Texas Hill Country, I joined a […]

A Trauma Mama’s Prayer



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I love celebrating adoption! It’s a time to celebrate finally becoming a forever family!  I’m not adopting this year, but here is an idea for a “Sweet as Pie” adoption party. I’ve only had the excitement of adopting boys, so,  I like to dream up […]

Sweet As Pie Adoption Party


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Weekends are the worst! That’s when my traumatized child acts out the most. My guess is that it’s the lack of structure on the weekends that causes the meltdowns.  Predictability (as in schedules and routines) helps a child feel safe in the world.  And weekends […]

My Weekend of Parenting a Traumatized Child


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One of the most frustrating parts of being foster parents is that we rarely get to have a date night.  With all the stress that comes with parenting traumatized children, we NEED time together.   But due to regulations for foster homes and our child’s […]

How to Have Date Night with Kids