Peanut butter and dragon wings

Foster care, Life around home

Confession: My son caught me crouching in the pantry with a large spoonful of peanut butter and honey halfway to my mouth. ??!!?? he said. The spoon made it the rest of the way, hastily. Regan, I said firmly, I am gathering shthrength to care for my children. Now go play. * Three weeks of […]

January 16, 2017

(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

Who said sugar and spice is for girls?


One night I watched little boy L playing with dishes in the bath. He held a toy cupcake tin in one hand, level, and with the other he carefully poured the smallest possible amount of water out of a teapot into each of the six holes. Then he set the teapot aside, chose a measuring cup, and […]

October 14, 2014