Hosting my Whole30 Thanksgiving with a Touch of Homesickness

My Whole30 Thanksgiving as host came about initially because traveling with foster kiddos out of stage is hard. We’d have needed court orders and permissions. We didn’t particularly like the idea of staying at hotel near my in-laws house with two teenagers. Flying to see my own folks was entirely too cost prohibitive. So, I…

The Disintegration of Family: When You Love Someone, Let Her Go

Over the last two weeks and over the next month, my family of the last four and seven months is disintegrating. We had some major traumatic life events occur, including the hospitalization of one of our kiddos. One particularly awful night, both kiddos disparaged our home and lifestyle out of anger and frustration (intentionally and…

The Joy and Sadness of a Foster Care Placement

Getting the call to ask whether you can take a child is a nerve-wracking experience. You’re on the phone, combing through all the questions you thought you should ask and wondering whether you’re prepared to care for this kiddo. Saying yes is terrifying and thrilling and terrifying and thrilling. After saying yes, I cycled from…