Weekend Wandering 3.12.16

Cows-1024x1024(wandering through our pasture, saying hello to the steers)

 

We hope you enjoy some of our wanderings from this week.

How to Determine the Worth of a Foster Parent from Confessions of an Adoptive Parent

When you are a foster parent, you step into the darkest time in a family’s life. You get a front row seat to someone else’s embarrassment, shame and failure. Through court hearings, case conferences and supervised visits, we have only the goal of supporting a family through their turbulent time. We are distinctly separate from the biological family, yet deeply connected. When the case is finally over and a child is returned home or placed for adoption, it is likely the foster family will not be receiving a yearly Christmas card. Foster parents represent a memory most would rather forget.

Real Life Minimalists: Cindy from Miss Minimalist

It wasn’t until a few years later, that I wondered why all this happened. I realized that I bought things and said “yes” because I was lonely and I wanted to “fit in” with my family and friends. I had to get comfortable with being myself and find a new set of friends. I was clearing my calendar too; I was making room for things about which I was enthusiastic. Afterall, the word enthusiasm means, “God within us.”

What God Sees When He Looks at You from Storyline Blog

God sees beyond what is, to what could be…Think about it – he didn’t see Abraham and Sarah as a childless couple. Rather he saw the parents of a new nation. And he didn’t see Paul as a killer of Christians, Moses as a stutterer, or Mary Magdalene as a whore. No, he imagined them as they would be.

An Introvert’s Guide to Having People Over from The Nester

I’m not shy, I don’t hate people (usually) I just would rather be alone and people, any kind, drain my energy. So an hour before I have any type of people activity, I start hating myself for saying yes and wishing a disaster would happen so I would have a good excuse not to have to go.

3 Reasons Parents Sometimes Miss the Boat (And How to Get On Board) from We Are That Family

I couldn’t wait to tell her about the morning I had planned. I pulled her aside and said, ‘Guess what? Mommy is going to take you on a special date. We are going ice skating, and then we are going to have hot chocolate.’”

Without missing a beat, her four-year-old said, “Is that all?”

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

Lisa and Jennifer 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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