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How to Keep a Busy Toddler BUSY ~ at HOME!

Foster Care & Family

I was just getting into a rhythm with my blogging schedule, having Chase in daycare, a few days a week. As an only child, it was actually more beneficial for him, for the socialization skills. Chase’s attention span is very short, even for his age. He is a busy toddler. One who loves physical activities, hands-on play, and being around other children. So, as you can imagine, it’s been a challenge, during this season of the Covid-19 Quarantine. Fortunately, my years as an Elementary School Teacher, helped me in preparing for these few weeks. So, now I’m sharing this with you: How to keep a busy toddler busy. At home!

The Power of Resilience

Foster Care & Family, Health & Fitness

Dear Friend. I have a message for you, today. I know during our most difficult circumstances, we struggle with a lot of fear. Whether it’s a recent loss of a loved one, a break up with the love of your life, unemployment, sickness, depression, you name it… FEAR can make its way into our mind and hearts.

“I’ll never recover from this. I’ll never be the same. I’ll never be able to move on. I’ll never be happy. I’ll never be able to replace what I just lost…”

But there is something that takes root at the very first moments of despair, and that is RESILIENCE. It’s a God-given characteristic that we all possess. Whether we know it or not. Or like it or not. Life may not get easier. But one thing is for certain, we will get STRONGER and more RESILIENT.

Surviving the Terrible Twos

Baby, Foster Care & Family

Lawd, help me. Chase is turning two, in a few weeks. Scott and I have already observed behaviors that can only be explained as “The Terrible Twos”. Now, I’m no expert. I have only been around children and babies for many, many years. I think the terrible twos can manifest in many different ways. And, there is no one size fits all description of it nor remedy for it. In this blog post, I’m going to share some general things I’ve learned about this critical stage of life. And, how I am literally praying my way through it!

Acai Bowl ~ WHERE Have You Been All My Life?

Foster Care & Family

It looks like sorbet. Tastes like sorbet. And, it’s one of THE GREATEST SUPERFOODS ON THE PLANET! Acai (pronounced ah-sah-ee’) is a small, dark purple fruit that is found in tropical rain forests. An acai bowl is created with acai pulp, typically blended with additional frozen fruit, and topped with treasures of you name it…Granola, Coconut, Berries, banana, cacao nibs, etc. I seriously don’t understand how I have gone over 45 years without even trying an acai bowl. To say that I am now eternally hooked, is an understatement.

Chase is Turning Two ~ Summary of the Past Year

Foster Care & Family

In a few weeks, my little boy is turning two. It’s been a while since I’ve provided an update on Chase! So much has happened during this past year. Chase has experienced some monumental milestones. From his first steps to his official adoption day, in April. Prior to that, I wasn’t able to show photos of his face. So, in this blog post, I’m going to share a summary of Chase (with lots of photos) from the past year.

Why Did You Decide to Stop Being a Foster Parent?

Foster Care & Family

I guess it’s only fitting for me to write a blog post sharing why Scott and I have recently decided to stop being foster parents. Last year, I published two blog posts about why we decided to foster, in the first place. And, what eventually played out. Overall? Being a foster parent was a zillion times harder than I ever imagined. Never before has my human heart endured such pain, and such joy to the magnitude I have experienced. In a nutshell, I’m just not cut out for this rollercoaster ride, any longer.

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