Corrie ten Boom

This week as I’ve been struggling with being a foster parent, I turned to the story of Corrie ten Boom for inspiration.  She represents so much of what I aspire to be.  A celebrated author, she penned the famous autobiography, The Hiding Place, about her life and efforts to hide Jews during WWII.   Before the war, she led a youth club…

My Story Monday: It Started with a Dream

“My Story Monday” is a weekly segment where foster parents anonymously share their stories, tips, and advice.  It is intended to encourage prospective foster parents and demystify the journey of fostering.  You can view past stories here: My Story Monday.   My Story Monday: It Started with a Dream My daughters were getting older.  They were in late high school, and…

Behavior Bingo

I’ve been able to attend a few workshops on positive behavior interventions.  Studies have shown that teachers and parents alike give far more negative behavior commands than positive ones.  We often do it without even thinking about it.  It’s truly eye opening if you keep a tally going even for one day to mark down how many negative vs positive…

My Story Monday: Fostering to Foster

“My Story Monday” is a weekly segment where foster parents anonymously share their stories, tips, and advice.  It is intended to encourage prospective foster parents and demystify the journey of fostering.  You can view past stories here: My Story Monday.     My Story Monday: Fostering to Foster   I have always wanted to adopt, ever since I was young. …

On the Florida Shootings: A Christian Teacher’s Thoughts

The nation was stunned earlier this week as news was received of yet another school shooting.  17 lives were taken in Parkland, Florida at the hands of a former student, Nikolas Cruz, who, unlike many school shooters, was taken into custody after the event.  The tragedy has fired up debate on gun control and mental health, and with good reason. …

Meeting Cultural Needs of Native American Children in Care

Recently, I was able to connect with two women who were willing to give me tips and suggestions on meeting cultural needs of Native American children in care.  It’s been a topic of personal interest since my husband and I are both Caucasian and have struggled with how to meet cultural needs of children in our care, especially at different…

Should I Buy That Headband From China?

One of the more difficult facets of being a foster parent is the inability to make plans. I’m not much of a planner, but even I range from feeling inconvenienced to downright isolated from the very shortsighted nature of foster care.   My husband and I were talking the other day about how single people always talk about the importance…