Two simple breakfasts, family sized


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


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

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

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

Books about issues


Confession: I simply must recommend books more often. I now find myself with nearly a year’s worth of good reading I want to share. For today, let’s talk nonfiction: books highlighting current issues and recent stories. Interestingly enough, every book in this post was published since 2000, which leaves me feeling compelled to get the […]

January 31, 2018