Of lost doors


Foster care

I dreamed I saw her again Her sweet little grin Her sister hung back and wouldn’t touch me But she came to my arms And snuggled And smiled I held her And when I woke there was a pit of darkness in my heart That will not go away, still And no matter what I […]

October 24, 2016

In the thick of it


Foster care, Life around home

You might cry, at nine o’clock pm on a Saturday night when you’re cleaning the last bathroom and your man comes in and finds you. “Hey, hard workin lady,” he says gently, and holds you. You might cry then, though you’ve been strong all day. They’re in bed now. It’s not so much that you […]

May 25, 2015

(briefly) The mother of seven


Foster care, Life around home

On this amazing day I get to nurture seven children in my home. Three born to me, children of love— Angel Boy, for one more day— Little twin sisters, arrived last week to stay for a time— And— (yes, this is an announcement) An unborn child, due to join us in December. My heart is […]

May 10, 2015

Caring for a child with special needs


Foster care

Confession: I don’t usually write about my extra children until they leave us, but little Angel Boy is an ongoing part of our lives for now. I feel deep respect for both him and his family, and will not share photos or case-sensitive information concerning him. The things I write in this post have been […]

January 26, 2015