In defense of foster parents

Foster care, Promoted

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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In defense of bio parents

Foster care, Promoted

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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The moral of Thanksgiving

Celebrations, Promoted

Once upon a time, the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together for a big fiesta. They ate venison and corn, pumpkins and nuts and delicacies until they were full, giving thanks for a great year together. And that’s how it all started. But this week my daughter was reading a children’s book about what happened […]

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Psalm 23 reloaded

Promoted, Walking with Jesus

This post is a zinger, but I want you to know the person I am speaking about: myself. These words grew out of a recent conversation with my husband, in which I realized I have trouble giving myself permission to do three things: take up space in the world, have needs, and make mistakes. Out […]

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What I’ve learned in marriage: to give sometimes

People, Promoted

Once upon a time, in our early years of sharing a name and a home, Ryan and I concocted the Ultimate Telling Question about marriage. Let’s say that the mister and missus are going outside to dig in the yard. Maybe she needs a new flowerbed, or maybe the septic system is acting up again. […]

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Words about worship: your turn


Walking with Jesus

In the past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about worship. Before I share my thoughts, I’m curious about your own experience in worshipping Jesus. What is worship like for you? If you would choose three words from the list below to describe the most shaping and memorable worship experiences of your life, what would […]

February 19, 2018

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 […]

February 16, 2018

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 […]

February 14, 2018

In defense of foster parents


Foster care, Promoted

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. […]

February 9, 2018

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 […]

February 8, 2018

In defense of bio parents


Foster care, Promoted

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 […]

February 6, 2018