Two simple breakfasts, family sized

Food

Confession: Mornings are not my thing. Which means that I thoroughly enjoy cooking breakfast. If it happens after 10 am. Honestly, I adore breakfast foods, but I don’t understand why they have to be served at the crack of dawn. I scratch our itch for them by cooking “brupper” sometimes (my children’s word for pancakes […]

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The secret life of Ryan Zook

Celebrations

When I awake early on Valentine’s Day I am alone It takes a moment to remember why. Oh yes. Early ministers’ meeting.   Often at night I wake to find him gone Or wake to find him returning. I expect him to be warm, come from checking on the kids Or using the bathroom But […]

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In defense of foster parents

Foster care

This is a continuation of my previous posts: In Defense of Bio Parents, and Practical Ways to Teamplay with Bio Parents. Dear onlookers and friends, As you do not (now) judge bio parents, we are asking also that you not judge us – we are the foster parents. We like the idea of team playing. […]

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Practical ways to teamplay with bio parents

Foster care

This is a continuation of my last post, In Defense of Bio Parents. Confession: Everybody says that foster care is “all about the child,” but the truth is that in my county it is all about the bio family. That means every reasonable effort will be made to a) avoid removing the child from his […]

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In defense of bio parents

Foster care

This post is written from my experience as a foster parent in the Pennsylvania court system. Though I must speak as I find, and reference situations I have experienced, I have taken great care to avoid representing a particular case, or disclosing any personal details I am bound to conceal. This is not a description […]

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My response


Brain things

Thank you so much for your confessions and insights on social media in the past week. They brightened my days with adult thoughts. You had good things to say; thank you for saying them, and for being honest about the questions you have and the temptations you struggle with. (Long winded is my favorite, FYI.) […]

January 30, 2018

Relating with social media


Brain things

Confession: It would help me out a lot this week if you would write in this space instead of me. Here’s how. Twice in a few months’ time, I’ve been given the opportunity to speak to small groups of women about relating with modern technology – especially social media. One of the assignments is behind […]

January 21, 2018

Little glimpses


Foster care

Once upon a time, when I was twelve or thirteen years old, my father took me with him on a week-long speaking engagement to central Pennsylvania. The church was warmly welcoming, and I made some good friends, including an eighteen-year-old named Gloria who took me under her wing. She was so pretty and stylish, and […]

January 19, 2018

In which things go to pot


Life around home

For Christmas he bought me an Instant Pot An instant best husband of the year pot And my delight has been, in ongoing ways, unbounded For Christmas I bought him Or rather, we bought us The game of Catan An instant route to all manner of marital stress and difficulty   So that was pretty […]

January 12, 2018

Winners: Thirty Little Fingers


Literature

Dear people, Thank you for joining the giveaway for Sheila Petre’s book Thirty Little Fingers! It’s awfully fun having more than one winner – we have five to announce! But I’m going to wait as long as possible to tell you who they are {grin}. First, you asked for a picture of Sheila, and here […]

December 22, 2017