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Fostering Blog

 
July 10, 2020
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It’s the One-Year Mark with our Foster Daughter, and I’m Filled with Emotion

Today marks exactly one year that our precious foster daughter has been with us. 365 days. She is 18 months old. That means she has lived […]
February 25, 2020

We are Not Meant to Save Them, We are Meant to Love Them

One Family’s Fostering Journey “How did you and your husband begin to foster?” I get that question a lot. Lots of people wonder what made us […]
February 24, 2020

Why Foster Care: Our Non-Traditional Approach to Starting a Family

It started when our friends got pregnant. We knew it would. Baby fever hit our friend group like a ton of bricks! Everyone was talking about […]
February 24, 2020

Not Easy, But Worth It: Fighting for a Relationship With My Adopted Daughters’ First Mama 

The very first time I met my now adopted daughters’ first mama, I knew it was her before we were even introduced. I walked into the […]
January 6, 2020

Love and Loss in Foster Care: What I Learned When We Said Goodbye

I Thought I Couldn’t Let Them Go and Then I Did I am Tonya: a wife to Charlie and a mother to Bailey and Brittany, now […]
December 10, 2019

My Trick for Successfully Fostering Teens: Look for the Gold

Teens are my favorite people because they are rowdy and sarcastic. My friends have often asked me how I handle their behavior. My answer is always […]
December 5, 2019

Gifts that Give Back: 20 Gifts That Support Foster Care and Adoption

The stores are full. The cart is full. The wallet is empty. The holidays aren’t about the gifts. I know this. We all know this. But […]
November 14, 2019

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Marriage As Foster Parents!

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. I spend about 83,000 of those seconds changing diapers, folding laundry, washing bottles, putting out fires caused by tiny […]
November 4, 2019

A Lot of Holes Left Empty: Being a Teen in Foster Care

Jolli entered foster care as a teen and her whole life changed. She was separated from the only world that she had ever known. She felt […]
September 18, 2019

Your Love and Empathy Can Change Lives: Interview with Jamie Sandefer

I loved Jamie Sandefer’s keepsake book, Love You from Right Here, so much that I wanted to learn how she was inspired to write it. Below […]
July 23, 2019

I am a REAL mom

Don’t you want a child of your own? It will be so different. Permanent. Don’t you want to be real mom? You’re so good at it. […]
June 11, 2019

Finding Meaning in the Mess of Foster Care When It’s Really Hard

Last night I fell asleep to the sound of crying. This morning I woke up to the sound of crying. When I left daycare drop off, […]
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