They Were Never Ours

I sit here, on the morning of my daughter’s first birthday, pondering her life. It’s overwhelming to say the least how such an impact, such a huge impact, can be made in such a short time.   I reflect to a time before she was even a thought. The lyrics of a song that I sang boldly for week… no…

Day in the Life of Subzero Parenting

Early temps this morning were in the -30’s F.  We’re hardy people up north, but even our school district issued a 2 hour late start.  Since my day was a little different than normal with the weather, I decided to document my morning in pictures. My first order of business was to feed the cat.  He lives outside, but before…

Onesies NOT to Buy Your Foster Baby

I was shopping today at Hobby Lobby and saw several wall hangings with beautiful messages.  There were a few that I thought would have special meaning in my foster daughter’s room.  I gravitated towards wall hangings with messages like “the battle is not yours but God’s” and “she is more precious than rubies.” It got me thinking about how you…

Looking Towards 2018

It’s the new year, and if I learned anything from 2017, it’s to embrace life.  My whole life I’ve lived in anticipation of that one thing I was going to do, that singular mission, that answer to why the good Lord put me on this earth.  I put my blinders on and dove headfirst into teaching until with the close…

Preventing Disruptions

There have been two situations in my teaching career that have haunted me and made me wonder if I could have done more to prevent the situation from happening.  Both of them involved disruptions of students.  One I mentioned in a post on knowing your limits and saying no to placements you aren’t equipped to handle.  Today’s is on a…

Christmas Musings

On my way home from picking up the kids after work, my preschooler and I chatted about Christmas.  We’re dragging out the festivities over a few days this year, so he was a little confused which day is actually Christmas.  Throughout the conversation, he asked me what it means to celebrate and why we celebrate Christmas.   In this season,…

6 Online Licensing Renewal Resources

We’ve been working on getting everything in order to renew our foster care license.  In honor of that, I’ve compiled a list of resources to get you those training hours!   Quality Parenting Initiative QPI  “is an approach to strengthening foster care, by refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system.”  They do conferences around the…