Have you ever considered foster parenting? Did you know that there is a shortage of quality foster homes and so many babies and children in need? I never even thought about it until now. After two weeks of foster parenting my step granddaughter, I am hooked and ready to do it again! Ever child needs to be nurtured and stimulated and sometimes parents just can’t. I had some incorrect assumptions about it and wanted to share them in hopes of inspiring some of you awesome moms to consider foster parenting too!
I thought having home inspections would feel invasive but so far they really haven’t. Turns out they are a great motivator to tidy up!
I thought our house would be too small with only two bedrooms but the crib fits in the kid’s room just fine and is actually nice and cozy!
I thought my own kids would have difficulty adjusting to this new little person in our home but my daughter has become a great mother’s helper and my son is learning how to interact with someone younger than him.
I did have a lot of fear. It is a big responsibility. What if something happened to her. I chose to set that fear aside. Fear is not a good enough reason to not do a good deed. I really do believe it take a village and the feeling I have from helping and hopefully making a positive difference in this child’s life is wonderful but I also have to tell you that the compensation is great (at least here in Massachusetts)! In addition to the monthly allowance the state also provides money for clothes and gifts.
If you have any questions please ask!
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In addition to a husband and wife, parents, children, and siblings, there is now a grandfather, step grandmother, foster parents, an exceptionally young uncle, an aunt, a grandchild, and a niece in our house. All these new roles were delivered in one adorable little 16 month old bundle last week.
After just two days this little miss has identified me as the mother “type” in the house and cries when I leave and shows jealousy when she sees me cuddling my son and daughter. I am surprise at how quickly this happened and I am absolutely amazed at what an easy baby she is! She will eat anything and everything. She ate (neatly I might add) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today and then swiped half of my daughters. She loves her milk but will also drink water. She loves bananas and oranges. She’s had eggs and broccoli too. So far there hasn’t been anything she hasn’t liked! She sleeps great, wakes in a good mood, and never complains or cries! I had no idea babies could be this easy! My daughter is proving to be an excellent mother’s helper. My son is a bit baffled by her baby antics but I am certain this experience will prove to be character building for him.
There is really no way to not get attached to this happy little baby but truthfully It will feel really good to hand her to back to her mama in a couple months because it will mean that my step daughter is doing well and that will be great. Until then we are planning to have lots of fun with our little visitor!
Don’t you think it would be cool to find a cave and discover a long lost treasure?! In The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully a group of boys do just that! They discovered perfectly preserved cave paintings of animals estimated to be 17 thousand years old! Caves are fascinating from a geological standpoint and also for their ability to hide and preserve something so old! Continue reading →
What are you doing for Saint Patrick’s Day? Or better yet what are you doing to prepare for Saint Patrick’s Day? Why not learn a simple Irish ballad on the tin whistle to impress your friends at your local Irish pub. Or teach your kids and turn them into the next Youtube sensation. Continue reading →
I like wood. But do you know what I like every more than wood? Bamboo!
It has so many uses just like hardwood except since it’s a grass it grows back when you cut it down. It also grows super fast! So how about including gifts made of bamboo this holiday! It has all the same warm tactile qualities of wood but is also renewable. You can get a bamboo plant. I have somehow manage to keep one alive since September. Do you like handmade gifts? How about decorating and stringing some bamboo beads. Do you know they even make fabric out of bamboo?
Or choose from the follow Amazon finds and a zillion other cool things made of bamboo you can find online! Continue reading →
I just noticed this faceted crystal hanging in my sisters window today. It was making small rainbows all over her kitchen and it’s funny because I was just trying to photography my ring, somewhere, I forget where, but the light was just right and my ring was sparkling like crazy. But its brilliance was just too small to capture with my camera (too small for my camera but perfect for me to enjoy).
Anywho, enjoy this disco moment. You might want to get up and dance. I don’t want my readers entering a Doodles and Jots trance!
More, More, More, Pt. I from the Andrea True Connection is on the Last Days of Disco Soundtrack. And see the movie if you want an intellectual take on single life in the disco age (with fun music).
Are you a disco music fan or more of a rocker? Please share!